Residents of Allington have access to a wide range of leisure pursuits, including a variety of activities in the nearby town of Grantham. The Meres Leisure Centre is one of the largest sporting facilities of its kind in the East Midlands, and cultural activity thrives at the Guildhall Arts Centre. Grantham provides a traditional rural town mixture of retail outlets and a busy Saturday street market. The streets of Grantham come alive each Spring when the Mid Lent Fair provides a three day spectacle right in the heart of the town. Further afield the cosmopolitan city of Nottingham can be reached in just over 30 minutes and historic Lincoln, with its majestic cathedral, is also a short drive away.
Allington’s location, on the edge of the Vale of Belvoir, provides a wealth of opportunities for the walker, cyclist and horse rider. Dominated by stately Belvoir Castle the area is on the route of the The Viking Way. This long distance footpath stretches for 147 miles (237km) from the Humber Bridge in North Lincolnshire to Oakham in Rutland. En route it passes through Allington. Until recently it traversed the heart of the village. However in 1997 it was diverted to provide a safer crossing over the A1 trunk road and officially it now meanders along the edges of the parish. Nonetheless many walking purists stick to the original route which is also favoured by those seeking food and drink in the village.
Long distance cyclists are also well catered for with the 4000 mile National Byway passing through Grantham. Perhaps more importantly, some of the the Grantham Canal towpath, just three miles from Allington, is part of route 15 of the National Cycling Network that was opened in 2000. This network provides access to well over 10,000 miles of cycle paths across the UK. For the off road enthusiast the local hills and tracks around the Vale of Belvoir provide a challenging experience.
The countryside around Allington is criss-crossed by bridleways and horse riding is a popular activity. Lincolnshire County Council provides an excellent online tool to find public access routes within the county. By using this, or a local map, you don’t have to stick to the tried and tested paths. You can head out on your own to explore the wonderful countryside in this part of the world.
For more information about The Vale of Belvoir go to the Visit Belvoir website.