Swaby is a small village in the Lincolnshire Wolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The scenery of the Wolds is pastoral, with rolling chalk hills and fine views of farm land and over the marshes to the sea. Swaby is at the centre of a network of footpaths and bridleways: it is possible to take several walks from the village of lengths varying from half an hour to a full day. The walks need not be too strenuous but most have fine views. The Lindsey Loop passes by Manor Cottage and the Viking Way is easily accessible. The quiet lanes make cycling a pleasure. For fishermen there is a fishing lake in the field in front of the cottage.
Manor Cottage is very convenient for Cadwell Park racing circuit . For Aviation enthusiasts Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre and The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight & Visitor's Centre are within easy distance.
There are several nature reserves around, including Swaby Valley and Snipedales Country Park. Those along the coast include Saltfleetby, known for its orchids and natterjack toads; Tetney Marsh and Gibraltar Point, near Skegness, both frequented by sea and migrating birds. [www.lincstrust.org.uk/] Towards the end of the year Donna Nook is crowded with seals and their pups.
The seaside resorts of Skegness and Mablethorpe, with their sandy beaches, are less than half an hour’s drive as is Fantasy Island, providing exciting rides and entertainment for the young in heart. For those who prefer quieter beaches there are several villages and pullovers along the beach. Many of the market town have swimming pools: at Skegness there are inside and outside pools and at Woodhall Spa an outside pool set in gardens. Woodhall is also home to the national golf centre and there are several golf courses within easy reach.
It also has the unique Kinema in the Woods. Many other of the nearby towns have cinemas (5 within 30 mins. drive). Other entertainment is provided by a professional theatre in Lincoln, companies visiting the Arts Centre Blackfriars in Boston and an accomplished amateur company in Louth. During the winter season classical concerts are held monthly in Louth and Boston while a variety of music and other entertainment is available at Skegness and Grimsby.
There are many attractive market towns within easy driving distance. Louth (15min.) has Westgate with its Georgian Architecture and St. James Church with the tallest steeple of any parish church in the land. Alford (10 min.) has a working windmill and a weekly Craft Fair during the summer. The antique centre of the area is Horncastle (20 min.) which is full of listed buildings.
Further afield is Boston (35 min.) with Boston Stump, the largest parish church in the country, the Guildhall, where the Pilgrim Fathers were imprisoned and another working mill. Grimsby (35 min.) has a modern shopping centre and an award winning National Fishing Heritage Centre. Lincoln has historic buildings from Roman times onward, including medieval houses and the impressive Cathedral (used in the filming of The Da Vinci Code, the Usher Art Gallery and the nationally acclaimed museum, The Collection The nearest National Trust property is Tattershall Castle. Close by is an impressive church which is one of many beautiful churches for which Lincolnshire is well known.