Carr Island Holiday Lodge Resort
Carr Island is a tranquil spot near Brigg, Lincolnshire.
The Island has the River Ancholme running past it on one side, and the Old River Ancholme on the other. The Island has a 52 berth marina: Brigg Marina.
The lodge development consists of 27 three to five bedroom holiday lodges beautifully situated within their own tranquil countryside.
On site amenities include a clubhouse (opening 2018), with restaurants and shopping.
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The Lincolnshire Wolds – right on your doorstep!’
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is “an outstanding landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are so precious that it is in the nation’s interest to safeguard them.”
Does that sound like somewhere you would like to escape to?
The Lincolnshire Wolds is one of only 46 AONB’s across the United Kingdom. It is a vast landscape with an array of distinct scenery within its 200 sq. miles. Lucky for you – it’s on Carr Island’s doorstep.
Enjoy the dramatic views of the north west scarp, with its prominent, steep clay vales. The area is rich in wildlife with pretty clusters of woodland within the valleys. Over in the chalk wolds, the landscape looks very different with expansive rolling hills, perfect for exploring. Fun fact – this area has the highest concentration of deserted and shrunken medieval villages! If it’s breath-taking you want, head to the ridges and valleys of the south-west. Its patchwork of fields, woodland, parkland and streams is entrancing. For the archaeological geeks out there, the south-eastern clay lands are the areas for you. This area is well-known for its multitude of archaeological features.
For extremely special sites, visit Red Hill Nature Reserve where the exposure of red chalk is exclusive to Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Yorkshire. Equally, Claythorpe Watermill & Wildfowl Gardens is an absolute treat. Set under the former watermill, by the river you’ll find otters and wallabies as well as a woodland play area and cafe.
The River Ancholme
Everything you could possibly do on a river; you can do on the Ancholme.
The River Ancholme is a central part of Brigg’s community. At 33km in length, it begins in the south of Lincolnshire at Market Rasen, running all the way to the Humber Estuary, north of Brigg. In Brigg however, something special happens. The river splits in two, into parts known as the New River Ancholme and the Old River Ancholme. The area of land between the new and the old river is known as Carr Island.
The river is extremely popular for rowing, kayaking and canoeing. The Ancholme Rowing Club is based in Brigg itself and caters to all abilities. Twice a year there are major events – the Ancholme Head race and The Scrumpy Row. An agreement with the British Canoe Union means that members wishing to canoe can also use the river. Small sailing yachts are also a regular feature on the river nowadays.
Fishing is popular in Brigg, with lots being on offer at the River Ancholme. Being well stocked with fish for 17 miles, the river allows for high class fishing. Fish found in the Ancholme include roach, tench, pike, breem, perch, carp – to name a few. Depths are mainly from 6-10ft, the river normally having a steady ‘pull’. One great top tip from the tactical briefing on GoOutdoors is to “fish just over the nearside ledge for tench, that way several can be caught in a sitting!”
The Ancholme has a marina at Brigg and another at South Ferriby. Brigg’s marina is right next to Carr Island.
The Leisure Marina
Cruise up the river, pop into the pub or have a glass of wine on the river bank…
Sometimes taking a stroll along the river just doesn’t do it justice. You need more than that. That’s where river cruising comes in. A motorboat, designed for inland waterways is the perfect way to spend a day on the water. Granted, if adrenaline-junkie style water sports are more your thing, then this mode of travel may not be for you. But, keep reading if you fancy some peaceful, relaxing inland cruising. This mode of transport doesn’t have to be a transport at all but merely a sedate day (or weekend.) out. Your leisurely pace means you can enjoy the surroundings from a brand new perspective. You could moor outside a pub for lunch, stop a short walk from the shops or even just on the riverside to have some lunch on the riverbank.
At Carr Island Holiday Lodge Resort there are river cruisers situated on the marina, from two persons to 6 persons, available to rent – so take a leisurely trip up the River Ancholme and explore the stunning countryside.
Walks in the area
One of the most delightful ways of discovering North Lincolnshire is on foot.
Ancholme Valley walk that follows the river and takes you on an adventure past beautiful historic bridges. The walk passes by stunning habitats and variety of wildlife, a small taste of what this incredible area has to offer.
Lindsey Loop is a 95 mile walk following market towns around the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This route can also be ridden on horseback.
The Viking Way is a 147 mile long footpath. The route starts on the banks of the Humber and meanders through some of the best walking in Lincolnshire.
Lincs Wold Way is a 76 mile circular walk that absorbs the best of the Wolds. It starts and ends in Louth and when broken down into 5 stages, averages about 6 hours per day.
Last but not least, for those whose first choice wouldn’t be to walk 100+ miles – a stroll along the River Ancholme towpath comes just as highly recommended!
Imagine hopping into the car and driving an hour to your perfect holiday destination.
No working out timings; no queues; no packing restrictions. Just you and your lodge – and the wealth of relaxing opportunities that lie beyond.
Carr Island is perfectly placed to be reached by car within two hours from many major cities.
- 1 hour from Leeds
- 1 hour from Sheffield
- 1h 20 from Nottingham
- 1h 40 from Manchester
- 2 hours from Liverpool
- 2 hours from Newcastle
- 2 hours from Birmingham
That’s over 9 million people living within 2 hours of Carr Island!
Historic market town of Brigg
Markets are a regular and prominent feature in Brigg, with one being held every Thursday and Saturday. They are traditional in nature but play host to a wide variety of goods such as fruit and vegetables, fresh flowers, meat and fish, cheeses, clothing and much more. To be found on the main pedestrianised streets of the town centre, they are the life of the town. Since 2000, Brigg has also played host to a monthly farmer’s market, where you may find produce not available at the weekly market – like ostrich! Do keep an eye out for Brigg’s ‘special’ markets – a Summer Market in June and a Christmas one in December attract much attention and are well worth a visit.
England is known for its gorgeous, traditional pubs and Brigg is no exception. Whether it’s a beer garden in June or a log-burning fire in December, Brigg has got it all. The Yarborough Hunt is an award-winning example with its ‘Pub of the Season’ Award by CAMRA in 2014. Once an old house, it was converted in 2003 whilst maintaining its original features, which makes for an attractive social setting. Recently it has acquired a new ‘reading’ room – a snug-like retreat for the end of a busy day. Also deserving of a mention is The Jolly Miller, known as Jollies, is a short 1 mile drive away, in the charming village of Wrawby. After two extensive renovations it now boasts features such as a separate restaurant and bar, its own pool room and outdoor play area for the children.
If there’s anything Brigg has no shortage of, it has to be tea rooms. In the heart of the town there is Cafe Courtyard, perfectly situated a quick bite. For a quirkier experience, be sure to check out Shipley’s Curiositeas, also in the heart of Brigg, makes for a wonderful ‘Alice in Wonderland-esque’ experience. For the gluten-avoiding amongst you, The Steel Rooms on Spring’s Parade offers plenty of wonderful home-baked goods suitable for you. Out of town, Clayton’s Corner or Mount Tea Rooms are both wonderful opportunities to recharge whilst out for the day, with one being on the edge of the Wolds and the other set in a picturesque Georgian family home.
For the active amongst you, not only is there spectacular golf and fishing in the area, but also skydiving, Airsoft and gliding! Skydiving at the Hibaldstow airfield, a former RAF warfield is a bucket-list kind of experience. Especially as at Hibaldstow you can jump from up to 15,000ft – the highest in the country. Just as adrenaline-junkie suited is the Gliding Club at Trent Valley. If you fancy flying a plane rather than jumping out of one, that is. The club is perfect for enjoying your first flight if you’re a newbie. They also offer group experiences so you can take your friends and family along. In Kirton in Lindsey there is a great day out waiting for you at the Airsoft Club. For adults and families alike (from 10 years upwards), everyone can enjoy the adventure of the paintball-like activity without the paint! The best idea is to organise a big family outing and split everyone into teams.
Brigg’s Annual Horse Fair is an event that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Although a tiny town, it hosts the second largest horse fair in the country, after Appleby in Cumbria. Organised by the travelling community, the fair dates back to 1235. Horses are paraded through the streets, some pulling intricate carts and caravans, from first thing in the morning to last thing at night. Crowds gather on the roadsides to witness the impressive animals and see them change hands as deals are done on the very spot. There are usually stalls where the community sell and show off goods and trinkets too.
If you enjoy the fuss-free pleasures of eating out whilst on holiday, then whilst in Brigg there should be no exception. The China Royal Restaurant on Bridge Street is well-regarded amongst visitors and locals alike. Although ‘healthy’ and ‘Chinese food’ aren’t phrases you would typically find together, China Royal does adopt such an approach, with an emphasis on less oil and fresh ingredients. For something totally different, try to find The Loft restaurant, to be accessed via stairs in the back of ‘Grandad’s Shed’ furniture shop. The Loft restaurant has people raving about its food at every time of day. Its cooked breakfasts, light lunches and hearty dinners receive equal praise – something to be very proud of!
For a day out exploring, try the Heritage and Church Trails and navigate your way across the North Lincolnshire countryside. Alternatively, if you would choose aviation history over churches any day, then there are multiple former RAF airfields in the area that were used in either or both World Wars. Goxhill is mostly intact as it was used for storage after the war but ask in Brigg’s Tourist Information Centre for more information. For a relaxing afternoon seeing beautiful sites, the area boasts both Elsham Hall and Scawby Hall & Gardens both of which are a wonder to experience. Both houses contain wondrous, expansive gardens but Elsham also comes complete with lakes, an adventure playground, animal farm and art gallery. For a more informative outing, the Brigg Heritage Centre has plenty to offer although perhaps is not particularly stimulating for much younger minds. Steam Railtours however may do the trick, set around the Tata Steel Scunthorpe Site, you’ll learn all about steel and iron making and even glimpse some red hot steel.
Specifically for the younger ones, FunForest is a soft play activity centre in Brigg suitable for under 11’s. It features a four-level frame including slides and sports area. Usefully, food and drink is on offer so you can relax whilst the kids run around!
Carr Island Site Plan
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Carr Island Video
Styles of Lodges
Points of Interest
Brigg Farmer’s Market
Award-winning farmer’s market, held on the fourth Saturday of every month.
Brigg Ghost Walks
Organised by a local history group, ghost walks are available through the historic town of Brigg.
Brigg Tourist Information Centre
Visit the Tourist Information Centre for information on Ancholme Valley walks and other days out and excursions.
Located in the courtyard of the former Angel Inn, this spot is perfect for a catchup and coffee or a spot of lunch.
China Royal Restaurant
Check out Bridge Street’s Chinese restaurant – they have fantastic food with a healthier twist.
A family-run cafe that offers home-cooked food made with local ingredients. Popular with cyclists and walkers.
Cleatham Trout Fishery
Huge lakes available for fly fishing – well stocked with rainbow, blue and brown trout.
Elsham Golf Club
Beautiful course on established English parkland. Golf shop and lessons available.
Elsham Hall Gardens and Country Park
Set in picturesque lakeside gardens, the park offers carp lakes where you can feed the fish, an adventure playground, an animal farm, an art gallery and a café.
Elsham Wolds RAF Airfield
Former RAF site used in World War One.
Forest Pines Hotel & Golf Resort
A 27 hole golf course set amongst impressive pines and vast heathland. The hotel also offers a spa where you can recuperate after a game.
Especially designed for children 11 and under, Funforest is a huge, four level soft play frame complete with slides and separate toddler area.
Goxhill RAF Airfield
Former RAF site, used for storage after the war so remains largely in tact. Its control tower was deconstructed and shipped to an American Air Museum in 2003.
Heritage & Church Trails
Discover North Lincolnshire’s heritage by exploring sixteen of its churches. Begin at Isle of Axholme in the West and head East, ending at Humberstone & Immingham.
Hunters Lodge Fishery
Hunters Lodge offers three lakes, all well-stocked with carp 30lb+ and one lake stocked with silver fish.\
Kirton Lindsey RAF Airfield
A former airfield, opened in 1940. It was home to three of the famous Eagle Squadrons.
Mount Pleasant Windmill
Built in 1875, this tower mill has been restored to full working order. Now the home of the True Loaf Bakery, there are tours of the mill and baking classes available as well as a tearoom and organic shop.
Beautiful gardens complete with original Victorian walling, lavender maze and giant chequerboard. Fruit and vegetables grown are available for sale through the shop, as are plants and shrubs.
Grade I listed Jacobean manor house containing fine portraits and engravings by George Stubbs, the celebrated horse painter, as well as some impressive examples of Georgian and Regency furniture.
A vintage tea room in a quirky setting, serving finger sandwiches, tea and fresh pastries.
Skydive gives you the chance to skydive from up to 15,000ft – the highest in the country! Variety of jumps available. Gift jumps are also on offer.
Railtours around the Tata Steel Scunthorpe site, with guides on hand and the opportunity to stop off for a coffee in a restored carriage.
Te@6 Tea Rooms
A friendly tea room in the quiet village of Ulceby offering homemade quality foods.
The Brigg Heritage Centre
Situated on the first floor of The Angel, a former 17th Century coaching inn the Brigg Heritage Centre is a labyrinth of rooms and discoveries.
The Loft Restaurant
A popular restaurant that caters to evening meals and light daytime snacks alike.
The Steel Rooms
Welcoming, comfortable cafe complete with lunchtime specials and freshly baked cakes. Gluten free available. Gift shop and art gallery open too.
The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft
Located in the former airfield at Sandtoft, that was used as a WW2 1 Group Bomber Command Station.