Brayford Pool – Foss Dyke – West Common – Lincoln Castle – Lincoln Cathedral – The Arboretum Circular

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Lincoln is situated in a gap in the Lincoln Cliff, a major escarpment through which The River Witham flows. Lincoln is thus divided into two zones, known locally as 'uphill' and 'downhill'. The uphill area includes the historical quarter, including Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln Castle and the Medieval Bishops' Palace. It also includes residential suburbs to the north and north-east. The downhill area comprises the city centre and the suburbs to the south and south-west. The aptly named street Steep Hill connects the two.

This divide gives Lincoln its very distinctive feature and makes it feel very different from other cities, in which the chief historical buildings (cathedrals and castles) tend to be centrally located and intermingled with the present-day city centre.

It is easy to see why the Romans were attracted to Lincoln. The gap through the Lincoln Cliff offered a natural east - west route-way either by water or on foot. Roman engineers also saw the possibility of linking the River Witham to the River Trent by building a canal, the Foss Dyke, which the route goes alongside.

England - East England - Lincolnshire - Town or city

Features

Ancient Monument, Cafe, Castle, Church, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Museum, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets