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Friday 27th July Despite predictions of heavy thunderstorms, a group of six led by Paul set off from Brigg Leisure Centre in glorious sunshine.Heading into Brigg through the market place in the town centre we headed out towards Cadney along the riverbank. After a pleasant ride down the quiet track to Cadney Bridge and pausing for our usual photo opportunity, we made steady progress through to Hibaldstow and then on to the cafe at the Skydive Centre. As ever, we enjoyed it’s excellent choice of refreshments as the skydivers descended onto the airfield outside. With a forecast of possible storms for mid-afternoon in mind we made a speedy return via Sturton and Scawby for an earlier than usual 1.00pm finish.
Friday 20th July 8 riders led by Gary out on a lovely warm day riding an area that most didn’t know. Starting in Chambers Farm Wood the group set off along some rather overgrown tracks that eventually led out to some proper tarmac. After an hour of pedalling the group came to the unique and charming Baumber Walled Garden. A leisurely lunch stop was followed by a wander round the grounds. Paul and Geoff were disappointed they were not allowed to go for a dip in the lake. Nevertheless several expressed the desire to return to the gardens at some point in the future. The return trip was equally enjoyable . Conversation was just a little discouraged by the hoards of flying insects trying hard to become the lunch 2nd course! Definitely a great ride worth doing again some time.
Friday 6th July we were 9 riders doing a slightly challenging ride of mixed terrain and some slow and fast roads from Howsham around Barnetby then on NCR 1 to the Brockesby Estate Woods.
Our leader on the day, Martin, took us a little way off the track to view a second world war secret bunker. This being one of many, built and used to store weapons and provide hidden accommodation for our fighters during our planned resistance to invasion. Emerging from the woods at Grasby Bottom, it was then a steady haul up to Pelhams Pillar at Fonaby Top, before we dropped into the Rock Café above Caistor.
Replete, we coasted down hill onto North Kelsey Moor and turned for Owmby at the Queens Head. The quiet roads through to Searby and then Howsham were a real pleasure as the temperatures topped 30 degrees in the shade.
Wednesday 4th July was Independence Day with Angela, so 4 of us did a quick ride to the airfield at Wickenby. Next to the hanger was an interesting twin engine plane with light sea floats, so Gary did a 4-way “selfie”
Friday 29th June…….. A 20 mile ride to E.H. Thorne in Rand, starting from Market Rasen . On a brilliant sunny day, we rode south out of Rasen through Linwood to White House Corner and cut through West Torrington to Wragby. Having taken some minor roads around Goltho we emerged onto the fast A158. We rode with great caution for around 200 mitres before crossing right into Rand and the E H Thorne gardens.
We dined outside on fishcakes with a salad and a few chips and a dip. We had what seamed like a never ending supply of tea and coffee. Our return was by the Clay Bridge Road turning off at Fulnetby, crossing the west side of the airfield and on from Westlaby to Wickenby, then north beyond Buslingthorpe Woods to Lissingley Lane and home.
Wednesday 27th June had no takers
Friday 22nd June, the ride was from Middle Rasen to Scothern Nursery and led by John. He reports “ All went well on our trip for the cakes. And yes, it was quite a nice little eatery, the food was good. “
Wednesday 20th June had no takers.
Friday 15th June….. was longer ride to Alford starting at 10am from Legbourne was led by Chris Owen, and one of the most enjoyable ride to date!
We met at the car park before you enter the village. This was a steady ride of around 20 miles with some climbs through the gently rolling countryside to South Thoresby. we then had flatter terrain all the way to Alford.
The route was Legbourne to Little Cawthorpe, Muckton, S.Thorseby, Ailby and then Alford. Return …… to Ailby, Aby, Claythorpe, Muckton, Cawthorpe, Legbourne.
Wednesday 13th June….. was longer than usual with those meeting deciding to take breakfast at Wickenby … we rode out through Linwood then crossed to the Middle Rasen Road and by backroads to Wickenby, Westlaby and he airfield. Return was through Holton-cum-Beckering, Bleasby and Legsby.
Friday 8th June … With a few riders away in France, Portugal and Spain we still had 8 riders for one of our longer rides.
In their absence 5 of us set off from Middle Rasen and were joined by the 6th before collecting 2 more at Vic’s place in Kirkby. The ride took us north to South Kelsey and then east crossing the Anchole at Brandy Wharf and turning off the Waddingham Road at Clock House Corner. Sylvia left us to return for an appointment when we turned for Snitterby, Atterby and Bishop Norton. After Glentham we rode took lunch at the Bottle and Glass in Normanby by Spittal.
The ride back was on Highgate Land to Toft and West Rasen. Vic, Martin and Chris cut back passing Chuck Hatch and Cote Hill to return to their start whilst the remaining 4 carried on the Middle Rasen before dispersing …. 26 miles.
Wednesday 6th June … was a quieter ride with a couple of regulars elsewhere. Never the less, we did the planned ride out on the Tealby Road and then “off road” where possible, taking in Willingham Woods, parts of the Lindsey Trail and then on through Wood Langham to Clump Hill. We returned through Holtham Garrs making the circuit back to Market Rasen along Legsby Road and into the Ridings.
Friday 1st June … It was an overcast, but a gently warm day for the six riders. We are pleased to report that included Ted, who has been recuperating for some months following an op and then a seasonal illness.
We took a steady ride on the quite roads after the Racecourse, passing through Legsby and on before turning right just below West Torrington for Holton-cum-Beckering. As ever, we were welcomed at our refreshment stop the Wickenby Airfield Museum Café.
The picture shows us chatting and watching planes comfortable protected by screens on the café’s patio.
We cycled on the airfield road to Westlaby then north through Wickenby until Lissingley Lane where 4 turned for Linwood and Market Rasen. The other 2 stayed on that road into Middle Rasen.
Wednesday 30th May Today we did a casual 9 miler from Market Rasen, through the Ridings and turned right passing the racecourse to Little London. We then had a steady climb toward Six Hills, but turned for North Willingham as the going got tough. From the picnic ground we rode up through the woods onto the Tealby Road. Sunnyside provided us with buttered scones and a pot of tea, before we cycling back onto Jamerson Bridge Street and dispersed.
There was a lot of birdsong this morning and moisture in the air enhanced the green of roadside trees after the recent dry spell.
Friday 25th May …. It was Chris Cake Run to Scothern. Sadly, with heavy rain forecast, the ride was cancelled.
Wednesday 23rd May Today we did three areas of the woodland not previously cycled by our group.
Specifically:- A ride in part bordering the edge of the forest called Bloater Hill, (south east of Dog Kennel Farm) where an unexpected steepness caused a dismount; Willingham Woods, avoiding the main route through; and then the large area of forest on Walesby Moor, i.e. off the Walesby Road and east of Nova Scotia Bridge. They all normally suffer boggy areas and needed a dry spell, like we have had for the past week!
At some time we may try another shorter run into the unknown……. if you are interested.
Friday 18th May It was a long ride today under blue sky and no wind. Starting and finishing in Market Rasen like John, would have made a round trip of 55km. However, some cycled from Brigg, Swallow and elsewhere on the Wolds, as well as Middle Rasen or Kirkby, so the distances cycled were varied.
A group of 6 assembled in Kirkby and did a circuit through South Gullam before cycling North from Owersby through South and North Kelsey to the Searby turn at Howsham. Paul had cycled out from Brigg to join us at 11 in South Kelsey.
We crossed from Searby through Owmby to Grassby and then turned south to ride down the long straight decent onto North Kelsey Moor where we each enjoyed a Fish & Chip lunch special from The Queens Head public house.
After refreshing two of our group of 7 rode home east toward the Wolds, 2 cut back toward North Kelsey and into Humberside and the remaining 3 returned south via Moortown and Owersby to Kirkby-cum-Osgodby.
Wednesday 16th May Unfortunately, Gordon missed the one rider who showed today. Sorry Paul.
Friday 11 th May Chris tells us…… Martin, Mike, Gary, Angela and I set out for Donnington on Bain at 10am from Tescos in Market Rasen. Quite a good number considering some people were indisposed, busy with other things, on holiday or had bikes with problems!
We made good progress to Donnington despite hills at Sixhills, Hainton and South Willingham. We covered 11.5 miles in 75 minutes and enjoyed some lovely views over to Lincoln. The cyclists who had not been to the “Post and Pantry” café in Donnington before were all surprised with the excellent service, reasonable cost of the food and the cleanliness of the surroundings. It is definitely worthha another visit.
With the help of a strong following wind we made swift progress back to Tescos via South Willingham, Hainton and East Torrington …… in 55 minutes or so..
Wednesday 9th May….. Sylvia, Gary and Angela rode up to Tealby, and across to Walesby this morning. The road from Walesby to the level crossing on the way to Ten acres was shut so they detoured through the woods. Angela had to have a bacon buttie! Angela tells us that the weather was lovely, and the birds were singing in tune.
Its amazing how food can improve Angela’s hearing!
Friday 4th May This trip was lead by Paul and attracted a good group of 9 riders. From the Brigg Leisure Centre we rode into the town and then south along the banks of the Ancholme toward Cadney. Turning off the newly surfaced road, we dropped down to the Cadney Bridge and into Hibaldstow via Sand Hills on a rough track.
As usual we went to the Sky Dive centre on the Airfield for a break but the cloud cover was lower than expected during the morning so we had liitle chance to watch any formation jumps.
The return to the Leisure Centre was back into Hibaldstow and on through Scrawby Village and Silversides Lane.
Wednesday 2 May No ride today, too wet.
Friday 27th April With rain threatened, Paul ,Wilf and Chris set off at 10am from Middle Rasen and picked up Shirley in Faldingworth.
They shortened the route through Friesthorpe to Scothern. Making it 24 miles in all.
Cakes are excellent and portions were on the very generous size. Chris says he would go again..definitely the longest, wettest U3a Rasen bike ride yet!
Wednesday 25th April ….. We did a short ride of 14.5 km today; the plan being to get back before the forecast rain, which actually came much later than expected. Anyway we were a group of 5 who rode out to Walesby then back against the breeze on the Moor Road to the 10 Acres Café on Osgodby Top Road. After our break the ride continued into Middle Rasen before returning on the A631 and cycle path to the start at Jamerson Bridge.
Friday 20th April ….. Gordon led ….but only as far as Claxby where he neatly rode past the right turn onto Claxby Rise, before the 6 other riders called him back to face the steep climb east. Most of the group stayed in the saddle but two (including Gordon) did a bit of walking!
It was a brilliant day and whilst the more intrepid riders waited at the top they had a wonderful view west toward the Trent Valley. It was a spectacle we all shared as we descended beside the viking way at speed into Nettleton and our comfort stop in the shade at the Dun Deal Café.
The gentle ride from Nettelton through Moortown and south as we neared Kelsey down to Kirkby was a real pleasure on such a bright sunny day. Riders who started elsewhere left until we were just 3 riding into Middle Rasen after 20 glorious miles.
Taking advantage of the dry spell we decided to do as much off road as was possible. Having gone off on the Tealby Road we made our way through the Willingham Woods to the south side of Dog Kennel Woods and out through the little hamlet of Wood Langham and skirted Clump Hill and Croppergorse using green lanes and other poorly maintained unclassified roads to Holtham Garrs.
Coming back we stopped at the Golf Club on the Legsby Road for refreshments before dispersing in Rasen at 12 noon.
Rather than hang around with both time and air leaking away Chris suggested everyone should ride on whilst he wrestled with the problem. By then it looked like it might be a little late to go to Scothern…so the group gave up on Chris promise of cake at Scothern Nurseries and headed for our old favourite, the Wickenby Airfield café!Chris tells us that having walked back to the bench in Faldingworth and fiddling around for a further 10 minutes he finally found a tiny piece of flint sticking into the tyre. That’s the luck you get on Friday the 13th, not so bad ,just a bit testing!
Everyone got to the airfield cafe …. but Chris will have to wait “yet again” to try the cakes at Scothern.
Wednesday 4th April ~ We were due to be 4 but the forecast was given as rain, so we were just 3 riding today. It didn’t rain, infact it was bright sun as we set off and it was warmer than previous rides so were each rather warm and a little uncomfortable. However, we made an easy ride on the cycle path out of Rasen and having passed Willingham Woods we turned at Sand Lane and made for the Tealby Tea Rooms.
Having refreshed we crossed to Walesby and then rode back to our start point at Jamerson Bridge, arriving just after noon without experiencing the promised rain.
Friday 30th March – As it was Good Friday we were obliged to start in Lincoln on Waterside South rather than Bardney; simply because the café we normally use for a break and serves office workers from Titanic House on Waterside, was closed. So it made sense to start from Lincoln and ride to Bardney, where the Heritage Centre was open and busy refreshing cyclist using the Water Rail Way pedestrian / cycle path and arriving from every direction.
Wednesday 28th March ~ As usual there were scant takers for this local short ride and we cancelled at 9 am because heavy showers were forecast from 10 am. However, by 10.30 it was clear that the weather was offering us blue skies and sunshine, so we quickly reinstated the ride and met at Jamerson Bridge just before 11.
The route we decided upon allowed a swift return shoud the weather change. We did a wide circuit around Mkt Rasen, riding out as far as Walesby, then crossing on Catskin Lane and through the ford at Tealby Thorpe. We continued back via the A631 and the road side cycle path taking refreshments at Willingham Hall.
As we emerged replete from the Chocolate Drop we noticed the road was wet, so there had been a shower and it did appear another was threatened.
Although the we had been out for 2 hours and done a few miles, the odd drop of rain we experienced was nothing like forecast!
Friday 23rd March ~ a ride to Hall farm Park, on the edge of South Kelsey. The group of seven regular riders were led by John Slack. Although some rode out of Rasen, the route was from Middle Rasen via Kirkby – cum – Osgodby and through North Owersby . I understand from Angela that, although they had a little rain, it was a very pleasant and mild spring day .
Friday 16th March ~ Barnetby to Deepdale ride cancelled due to the expected weather conditions
Friday 9th March ~ A beautiful sunny Friday in early March saw 7 of us set off on the 20 mile bike ride to Hainton and East Barkwith.
The road through Holtham Garrs was signed as closed but the workmen waved us through with the warning that the track was a bit bumpy – well not only bumpy but very wet and muddy with patches of snow too. One of which caused Vic on his road bike an unexpected dismount! The 700 feet of climbing didn’t seem to be a problem for any of the riders and we were rewarded with fine views over the Wolds , lots of springtime action in the fields and plenty of snowdrops and daffodils lining the roadways . We arrived at our lunch stop, the Crossroads pub in East Barkwith (not the Cross Keys Gordon), bang on 12.00 – so perfect timing. An easy ride back to Mkt Rasen got us home around 14.00
Wednesday 7th March …..Angela did a 10 mile bike ride on her own, the weather was lovely, enjoying getting out after all the problems with the snow.
Wednesday 28th Feb and Friday 2nd March. Heavy snow and strong winds cancelled these two rides.
Friday 23rd February we had a 10am start Waterside South in Lincoln. There was the promise of a strengthening easterly breeze, but that was not due until later in the ride so it was calm as we set off from the Titanic Building’s car park. Unlike the minor roads around Lincolnshire, this cycling surface on the Water Rail Way is in a lovely condition and we made easy progress to our destination, the Bardney Heritage Centre.
Friday 16th February ~ It was a lovely day and that made a welcome change, bright sun as we rode off to meet Shirley in Faldingworth.
Although the breeze was cool it was soon forgotten as we crossed on the minor roads with dafs and other spring bulbs emerging beside clumps of snowdrops. The verge outside Skydock, on the old missile site, will soon see a mass of cowslips as winterpasses, but not yet!
The stop today was noon at the Bottle & Glass in Normanby by Spittal. Any breeze was to our backs on the return on Highgate Lane, through Toft and West Rasen.
Wednesday 14th February 2018 ~ Strong winds and even stronger gusts cancelled today’s ride.
Friday 9th February 2018 The forecast was confusing but we went for a ride anyway. We could feel a definitely cool breeze from the north. However, by the time we got to Stainton by Langworth we decided not to do the shorter ride into Scothern to try the allegedly mountainous cake, but continue south on the planned route. Normally we see the odd bit of winter wildlife so, when looking to our left after Newball imagine our surprise when we caught sight of a pack of 4 adult wolves watching us from a road side enclosure. Apparently feeding time for the wolves was due. Hence, as we passed we were seen as 8 potential snacks.
This week, our refreshments were taken at the Corn Dolly Cafe in Wragby. When we emerged we found the weather changed by a heavy shower with the threat of more as we commenced the 10 mile return through Torrington and Bleasby Moor. What a shock it was to ride into icy rain and against a north westerly. By the time we got back we were all feeling the effects of weather, even if it was not for the full 26 miles.
Wednesday 7th February 2018 ~ A lovely bright day but with a winter rhyme at the edge of the road missed by car tyre or salt. We took the Rasen road out to Walesby and turned back on the Moor Road toward Osgodby Top Road. At 10 Acres we had a mix of tea and coffee with toasted teacakes or sausage sandwich. Returning through Middle Rasen we had a comfortable circuit of 8 miles.
Friday 2nd February 2018 ~ Today we had a couple of cancellations but there were still 8 cycling, despite the nithering northerly and threat of rain on the coast.
The day didn’t begin so well for those reliant on their satnavs. I found myself in a cul-de-sac on a residential estate on the wrong side of the Cleethorpes Country Park. Chris, who was leading the ride, went out like the good shepherd to round us strays up in time for the 10am start. This was a familiar largely off road ride for Chris who took us through the Fitties and down the coastal path beyond Ceethorpes and into GY’s docklands for our refreshment break. After the culinary delights of the North Wall Cafe we did a quick lap around the docks and headed inland across town onto the Humberston Pedalway.
At one stage we found ourselves in a maze of housing on quiet roads. Despite Chris’ protestations that he did know his way, but only in reverse, we were evidently lost. Some know that being lost, even with a map, is usually my forte, but no sooner said than Chris had us all back at the start, in a very sunny country park. And 16 miles cycled!
Wednesday 31st January 2018 , ~ As expected, there was a heavy rain shower as we stood outside Tesco under the canopy at 10am. However, we could see the promise of sun and clear skies coming from the west …. so set off toward Legsby just as the rain became lighter. We used the woodland trails on a circuit right round Rasen. The tracks were is pretty bad shape, even for winter, but we were protected from the nithering west wind by the woodland trees. After a stop at 10 Acres, we returned through Middle Rasen with some blue in the sky and the threat of winter sleet, for the very last bit of the 19 km ride.
Friday 26th January 2018…to Hall Farm Country Park …This was a 29km (18 miles) ride from Middle Rasen with a shorter (17km) option from Kirkby-cum-Osgodby. The ride was on minor local roads with little traffic.
Wednesday 24th January 2018 ….Sadly we had some rain and very bluster winds, so no ride today.
Friday 19th January 2018 …… The ride to Wickenby Airfield Cafe is probably our most used route and a favoured stop, so despite a very cool and windy forecast we were 7 riders with apologies from others who just could not make it.
Fortunately and despite it being very cool it was bright …… and the wind did not blow as predicted. That said we altered our normal route to ride on the straighter roads and thus avoided potentially icy puddles on shaded bends!
Wednesday 17th January ……………..today’s was a quiet sunny woodland ride after snow. From the Little London end of Dog Kennel Wood then cross to Willingham Wood and into Canada Wood.
Friday 12th January John had suggested a 24 km circuit with a stop at the Claxby Leisure Park for refreshments, unfortunately the cafe just does a breakfast then closes at 10.30 am.
Eight cyclists rode out from Middle Rasen at 10am, collecting Victor en route in Kirkby about 10.25. We then went north and took the Owerby Moor Road over to Claxby.
Our stop for breakfast was around noon at the Ten Acre Cafe on the Osgodby Top Road…….. and, having refreshed, we went our separate ways from there!
Wednesday 10th January.
Having milder weather, but some risk of rain, we did a shorter version of the Sunday ride, a ride of just 7 miles. We went out on the Walesby road from Jamerson Bridge, traversed the “ice free” Catskin Lane and rode back to Rasen on the Tealby Road, with a stop at Sunnyside. We were joined by Sheila N, a new member and visitor from her U3A group in Essex.
Sunday 7th January This was the first time we have tried a Sunday ride and with just seven riders it was a definite success. Our thanks to John Slack.
Today we had the benefit of clear sky with a very bright sun. However, it was also very cold,but with just the hint of a breeze, thank goodness. It was interesting that most roads were largely free of ice, barring the odd frozen puddle, but the road from Walesby to Tealby was treacherously covered with ice in places where spring water had either frozen across the road or been spread by passing traffic then frozen, even in the sun.
Walking most of Catskin Lane rather than coming off our bikes meant cutting short our planned route to the Sunnyside Tea Room. The intended ride had included a loop through Tealby Thorpe and a woodland ride before taking a break. Our short cut to the tea room took us through road works and past a rather wintry looking garden bear.
After our break (fresh coffee, scones, drizzle cake and tea cakes) some of us did extend the excursion through Canada Wood and Nova Scotia after the break.
Friday 5th January 2018
Well bad weather has cancelled a number of planned rides. I then said “this may be a good day to do the “less flat” ride out to Sixhills ……….” but by the time I arrived at the top of the hill with Paul and Martin, I was spent!
My fellow cyclists insisted I turned back from our path toward Hainton and gentle climbs into South Willingham and East Barkwith. So thats what we did. We called at the Chocolate Drop for a chocolate and large pot of fresh coffee with biscuits. Not our usual bacon roll, but my turn round on Sixhill was perhaps a message about my seasonal excesses. It rained as we arrived for the break and the stop was both timely and welcome.
Friday 22nd December ~ Angela led a ride of 31 km from Market Rasen toward Sixhills and crossing through woodland to Osgodby and West Rasen. We intended taking lunch on our return to Market Rasen, but running late we were obliged to alter the plans, cancel our spot at Jossels and take pot luck at 10 Acre Cafe.
Wednesday 20th December ~ Mick and Gordon rode out from home joining up in
With the brass inset for Sir Richard (died 1340) and the stone figure of Sir John de Buslingthorpe recumbent, two other visitors explained that Sir John’s stone effergy having “legs crossed” showed he had been to the Holy Land.
Friday 8th December ~ The ride commenced at 10 am from Market Rasen and it was bright but really chilly with some frost on shaded areas of road. Chris had timed the whole ride on the previous Saturday.
After Chris too my photo next to Buslingthorpe Manor and cycling with extra care too, we were running late as we to joined Shirely patiently waiting for us at Faldingworth. After the A46 ( Snarford) crossing I left the group to return home via Wickenby. The rest of the group went on through Snelland and Westlaby to meet up with Ted for refreshments at the Wickenby Airfield Cafe.
Wednesday 6th December ~ it was a good ride out from Middle Rasen with all bar Gordon having started together from Market Rasen. Anyway we cycled north on the minor roads to Osgodby Low Road and had a short hop up through the woods on our way to Walesby. From Walesby we crossed to Tealby on Catskin Lane before stopping for refreshments at the village Tea Rooms.
After our break, we rode back on Sand Lane to the A631 cycle path where we crossed into the woods. Unfortunately, Angela got a puncture and whilst we were looking to repair whatever we found, Gary and Mick made there way home through the wood intending to return with transport for Angela and her sick bike.
Having slipped the tyre off the rim, almost immediately we found a nasty thorn which was quickly removed and the tube repaired. The route back was through Dog Kennel Farm onto the Legsby Road then into Market Rasen, where we all parted company and I returned to Middle Rasen ….. 25.7 km, our longest Wednesday ride yet!
Friday 1st December ~ Cancelled “ICE”
Wednesday 29th November
Friday 24th November ~ John led us south from Tesco onto the Linwood Road today. No sooner had we started than Angela suffered a puncture, but was quick to point out it was her first and therefore her turn …… after my own double puncture some two weeks earlier. Never let it be said a lady would be troubled by a thorn in her tyre. Found quickly, the thorn was out, the glue and patch was fixed in place and the pump primed for action. Out route was on the quiet roads to Bleesby, Holton-cum-Beckering and the Airfield Cafe at Wickenby.
The clear blue sky and still air were all that was needed to compensate for very low temperature, which had obviously confused a very large Buzard on the edge of the airfield. The bird made almost no effort to move, bearing in mind passed almost close enough to touch him/her before it made it latent move off. We were all astounded to see the magnificent animal so close.
It was an easy 29 km ride on a perfect day.
Friday 17th November ~ Today most of us set off together from Middle Rasen. With temperatures around 4 degrees, it was cold but very bright with no wind. Chris was chilled from the off, having travelled to the start on a freezing bus.
Once we got to Vic’s house in Kirkby we were then 9 riders setting off for South Kelsey. Making our way north we did a west circuit via Kingerby and South Gullam and then an eastern loop out via Gravel Hill to arrive at Hall Farm Park from the direction of Moortown.
When Ted saw us off from Hall Farm Park, he was obviously itching to get back on his own bike and be riding at the earliest opportunity.
Good luck this Thursday Ted.
Friday 10th November. We had a steady ride out from Market Rasen to Wickenby Airfield Cafe and Museum in brilliant sunshine with a light but cold breeze from the north west. The ride deviated from the usual route after Little London to cross from Haltham Garrs via Croppersgoss toward Hainton before turning off to the Torringtons.
It was a long ride with steady climbs for a while and headwinds as we rode west toward Holton-cum-Beckering.
But whats not to like about the cafe at Wickenby Airfield with its warm and welcoming food from the kitchen staff. And as we arrived so did Ted who is currently unable to cycle, but keen to join us for lunch.
The ride home took us through Wickenby to the Lissingley crossing and over the Buslingthorpe Bridge. On the edge of Middle Rasen we took the greenlane (short cut) to the edge of Rasen and dispersed.
Villages and hamlets passed through included Stainton, Reasby, Newball, Apley, West Torrington and Bleasby Moor, as well as skirting the impressive Hardy Gang Wood, with its high stand of deciduous trees.
It was a very pretty and gentle ride taking us past the Limewoods at Goltho before stopping for tea and other refreshments at the Corn Dolly in Wragby .
Wednesday 1st November ~We met at 1.30pm in Market Rasen for a ride to Little London, North Willingham and from Tealby Thorpe on to the Sunnyside farm shop and cafe.
It was interesting to test, then ride across the forge at Tealby, but the narrow path that followed meant that some were more comfortable with a short walk rather than finding themselves and cycles back in the water.
After the break we extended the ride by taking the woodland path across and beyond the Nova Scotia bridge. As we turned back to civilisation and rode out of the forest we found two large deer standing ahead. But not for long!
Friday 27th October , Paul led the group of 5 riders from Barnetby-le-Wold to Deepdale Garden Centre, Barton-upon-Humber.
The ride began next to railway station, leaving on NCR 1 . It takes minor roads through Melton Ross and goes on via the B1206 to Burnham. The final destination “Deepdale Garden Centre”, is a few km before the town of Barton-on-Humber.
After a comfort break and refreshment, including a full breakfast for one rider, they took a more direct route back.
This ride is described as the most challenging to date, with around 19 miles of hilly terrain through the northern Lincolnshire Wolds.
Friday 20th October ~ Chris led the popular ride from Market Rasen on minor roads passing through small villages like Bleasby to the Wickenby Airfield. Aside from refreshments the airfield cafe hosts an interesting air museum. The ride back takes an alternative route from Wickenby crossing from Lissingley to Linwood before Market Rasen
Wednesday 18th October ~ 6 set off on a steady ride from Jamerson Bridge to the Tealby Tea Rooms via Walesby.
Rather than ride straight back the group took the more scenic route through Tealby and crossed toward North Willingham before turning right on the cycle path toward Market Rasen. We then crossed the Willingham Wood back onto the Tealby Road and rode in together to where we started, on Jamerson Bridge. Total ride distance 16 km or 10 miles.
Friday 13th ! …… October
We were a brave bunch cycling on the 13th and a Friday weren’t we? We had 3 ride options, with distances of 14 to 28 miles, but what we will remember most is the unremitting and warm head wind which tested riders on exposed and roads, particularly before the actual start. Three riders set off from Middle Rasen; four from Market Rasen and we met the other two at 11am waiting for us in Faldingworth as we arrived.
The basic route was then to cycle out from Faldingworth past Toft Newton and on the quiet a narrow lanes toward Normanby’s Bottle and Glass public house. It was then tea and coffee and a “Lunch in a Box” meal for everyone.
Refreshed we made our way south turning back to Faldingworth at Spridlington. Those who took the shorter ride returned to their start, but the rest peeled off through Snarford, with half the group quickly visiting the redundant church of St Lawrence whilst the rest chatted at the gate!
The journey home was easy once we had the warm wind behind us taking us swiftly past Wickenby on to the Lissingley crossing and back to Rasen.
Monday 9th October ~ Today we planned a 5 mile ride, but the idea doing something a bit more interesting than cycling out on Willingham Road was too enticing. We went off through the Ridings to Legsby Road and turned left at the corner of the road to ride up through Dog Kennel Wood.
Having emerged from the wood onto the main A road we crossed and used the cycle path to the Chocolate Drop (Willingham Hall) where Rosanna made us most welcome. Of course we did a fair bit of chocolate sampling, very tempting, made a couple of purchases and enjoyed her rich hot chocolate drink or a cup of tea, complete with biscuits.
The route home further extended our trip through the north wood and out on the Tealby Road. A straight ride back to Rasen showed nearly 9 comfortable miles on the cycle computer.
Friday 6th October ~ Kexby and Upton
This ride from the Hemswell Antique Centre to Kexby and Upton before returning to the start via Harpswell took us on beautifully quiet roads for most of the 16 miles. We enjoyed clear big blue skys and glorious sunshine for the whole time we were out.
To take advantage of refreshments at Upton we met at Hemswell Antique Centre at 11 ‘ish . After the obligatory coffee and tea in the centre restaurant we got off to a bit of a late start. We were then a 10 group members setting off together, but Wilf, who could not do the whole ride, left the group early to ride back to Middle Rasen.
The rest of us crossed the A631 onto the quieter Dog Kennel Road and dropped down the steep and fast Coachroad Hill into the village of Glentworth to then ride west on the minor roads to Kexby the Upton.
The Rose & Crown at Upton made a good stop, with a variety of bar meals, snacks and served the usual drinks plus tea/coffees.
The route back took us around Sturgate Airfield to Heapham and then we use the very minor road to Harpswell and the short but busy steep climb to the top of Hemswell Cliff on the A631.
About a 100 meters further an I got a late puncture, just as we cut through on commercial roads into the Antique Centre (our start point) at 3 pm.
Friday 29th September – Covenham St Mary to North Somercotes and return ……. 17 miles.
We parked and met opposite the Church at Covenham (north of Louth) for a 10am start. The earlier weather forecast suggested light rain, but looking on the positive side, we carried rainwear rather than put it on!
Chris led us on a very interesting and gentle route riding over a bridge below the water mill and passing through a busy farmyard to visit the twin churches at Alvingham.
Riding on rather brown “green lanes” through to Conisholme and on to Church End we arrived at the Oasis Lakes cafe at North Somercoates.
After tea/coffee and selecting from the cafe menu we were off again, riding on minor roads bordering Donna Nook nature reserve.
We had the pleasure of being largely traffic free through Grainthorpe and on the minor roads skirting the reservoir before we got back to Covenham St Mary.
Despite initial concern that rain would affect the day, we were met only by a light breeze from the west and gentle dry, mild weather.
Monday 25th Sept ~ Market Rasen to Buslingthorpe
Monday’s short ride this week was a little longer than the planned 6 miles (10km) . Cycling south from Market Rasen we crossed from Linwood toward the Lissingley Road. However, before riding back via Middle Rasen, we detoured to visit the historic medieval church of St Michael where Sir John de Buslingthorpe is portrayed as a knight recumbent in stone.
From Lincoln we use the cycle path beside the Fossedyke and just beyond Skellingthorpe (NCR 64) where we branched off on the new George Twigg cycle track into Doddington.
This was a good example of allowing those who wanted a longer ride (30 miles) to accommodate any part of the group who had time constraints or the need for a shorter ride.
Friday 15th Sept
Friday 8th Sept
Friday 1st September This ride was led by Chris out of Market Rasen went south to Linwood and west before turning north to Middle Rasen.
The group were then joined by Sylvia and Wilf and, unfortunately, I was obliged to leave them before they continued up to the Osgodby Low Road and took a refreshment break at the 10 Acres Cafe.
Friday 25th August
Friday 18th August – 6 cyclists met at Tesco in Market Rasen at 10 am and used the regular route to Wickenby Airfield, click for details . 4 others were obliged to take an alternative route and joined up at the Airfield Cafe. We made our way back as a group, but dispersed as we neared our respective homes.
Monday 14th August – Gordon and Janis met at Tesco, Market Rasen at 2pm
This was an opportunity to exchange information on bike problems and solutions and then take a short safe ride on the cycle path out toward the Willingham Woods picnic ground.
Friday 11th August
U3A member, Sharon Rupp, did her sponsored skydive at 5000 m over Hibaldstow Airfield. Paul led a group of 11 cyclists from Brigg via Cadney to the Airfield in support Sharon’s jump.
Sharon enjoyed sponsorship totalling £500 in aid of the Lincolnshire Air Ambulance.
The group watched Sharon’s decent from Cadney Bridge, but Ted drove to the Airfield to capture this photograph of her landing.
It was easy ride further through the woods over to the 10 Acre Cafe, for light refreshments on an extended their ride before returning to their start in Market Rasen.
Monday 31st July ~ exploring woodland routes.
The ride was “off road” from the Linwood end of Willingham Lane to the Linwood Warren ssi at Legsby Road. We rode up through Dog Kennel Woods to the Lindsey Trail and emerged onto the A631 near the Forestry Offices. We continued through Willingham Woods on little used tracks to the Teably Road before returning to “take tea” at Jossels in Market Rasen.
The exercise showed what routes were passable on road bikes and which were not. Gordon thanks Paul, Mike and Heather for their assistance
Well done Chris, sorry the “Magnificent Seven” didn’t get time for the donkey ride, too.
It’s Bastille Day and stage 13 of the Tour de France. Unlike the French event through the long climbs in the Midi, we took the totally level Water Rail Way from Barney to Lincoln and return. This gentle route uses a 9 mile cycle track – footpath along the banks of the Withern with a cafe comfort break before we turned around to cycle back to Bardney.
Friday 30th June
Friday 23rd June
Today Chris led the ride south from Horncastle on the Spa Trail (5 miles off road cycle / foot path) following the Horncastle Canal into Woodhall Spa.
We left Woodhall Spa to join the scenic Water Rail Way at Kirkstall Bridge to follow the cycle path on the former railway beside the Withern. Although we cycled just a short section the WRW it is navigable with some breaks from Boston through WoodallSpa to Bardney and then on to Lincoln .
From the former Stixwold Station we turned back north on the quiet country roads leading to Sandy Lane and the Spa Trail back to Horncastle.
Friday 16th June
Chris took us on a 3 hour ride around Market Rasen.
Starting at Tesco we passed through Linwood and up to Middle Rasen and Osgodby Wood having stopped at 10 Acre Café for tea and light refreshments. These elevenses included Angela’s cholesterol busting egg on 2 fried bread, my egg and bacon sandwich and a rhubarb tart and custard for Chris.
We then completed a woodland circuit of Rasen, going through Canada Woods and then Willingham Woods on the Lindsey Trail and down through Dog Kennel Wood, then back into Market Rasen on the Legsby Road.
Friday 9th June
Today we cycled in North Lincs on minor roads north of Scunthorpe.
Paul, who led the ride, had tried the published route going from Burton-on-Stather the previous week, but lengthened it a littel by commencing in Flixborough village.
Friday 2nd June
This weeks ride was steady and local starting from Middle and/or Market Rasen and dropping down toward Little London, then up toward Six Hills. We rode over to North Willingham for refreshments and cycled back through the woods from the picnic ground. Some returned to Market Rasen by road and others crossed further through the woods to Middle Rasen.
Friday 26th May
After last weeks cancellation of our trip to Rutland Waters yesterdays ride in brilliant sun took us through the quiet country lanes from Market Rasen to Holton-cum-Beckering and Wickenby Airfield Café/ Museum .
Whilst scantly dressed in a stretchy cycling top, I had noticed my growing paunch and was forced to declined the call of a bacon bap. Even on brown! I had a slimming cream scone with strawberry jam instead.
On the way, at a very early stage, we had one mishap when Martin’s crank lost a nut and he was forced to stop. There was no repair option for the group, just a gentle walk back for Martin from the other side of the golf course on Legsby Road. I’m sure Martin was sorry to leave us to continue without him, but sometimes it is unavoidable.
That said, as we returned toward Lissingley Crossing after lunch, Ying’s back tyre perished. We tend to have repair kit for tubes, but not tyres. So two riders waited with Ying whilst the rest completed the ride back to Tesco and Chris came out with transport back for both bike and rider.
That was two breakdowns in one day, we’ve had punchers but never a breakdown……. No problem though!
Friday 12th May
The day promised rain, but even that could not be relied upon, so we had fine weather for a ride of 29km with some hills commencing with Mt Sixhills! Climbs are not our usual choice ……. of course we could have taken the more level route, a track to Hainton via Holtham Garrs, had it not rained the night before.
We had a few stops between Market Rasen and our destination, the pub at East Barkwith and that was just as well, we arrived on the stroke of midday, just as the pub opened for lunch. Don’t get the idea we later wobbled off, lunch included a very large pot of tea for 5 and the others had coffee.
On the way we stopped to admire the soft toys displayed in the bust stop at South Willingham. Whilst the assembled group of 8 showed off the occasional touch of Lycra, the 9th took out his phone for the obigatory snap.
The journey home was without any climbs, via East Torrington, Bleasby and Legsby.
Friday 5th May was another fine day.
Friday 28th April we cycled Barney to Lincoln return, with a Fish and Chip lunch at the Heritage Centre
Friday 21st April – Hall Farm Park from Middle Rasen via Kirkby cum Osgodby
This ride was 33km from Middle Rasen, a bit longer than we though, so there was some benefit to the majority who met at Kirkby. Over coffee, cake and bacon rolls we discussed next weks ride Bardney to Lincoln on the Water Rail Way returning with an option of fish and chips at the Heritage Centre.
Photo shows the group taking a breather at the junction with Gipsey Lane on the Owersby Road outside Thornton Le Moor.
Friday 14th April
Heather leads. The group met in Willingham woods cycling to 10 Acre cafe which being Good Friday was closed. A little more peddling. Returning to our faithful Sunny Side Up for refreshments before returning to Willingham Woods.
Friday 7th April
Brigg to Hibaldstow Airfield Cafe via Cadney
Well, we got the weather wrong for this ride ….. overcaste. That said, it was a wind free with moderate temperatures. Low cloud meant we did not have the pleasure of seeing the skydivers in action. Sitting with us in the cafe, they waited for the high pressure to break the cloud, bring blue sky and a bit of sun. And it came that after noon, alas ….. too late for us.
Friday 31st March
Market Rasen to Wickenby
This week Chris and Ying led the ride out from Market Rasen. It was cross country through Holtham Garrs to the Hainton – Torrington road before arriving at Wickenby Airfield Cafe for a late breakfast, early lunch.
Chris’ photo shows us mounting up to return via Lissinglea and Linwood.
Friday 24th March
Middle Rasen /Kirkby to South Kelsey
They tell me it was the sunniest day yet and no wind. Unfortunately I couldn’t go, but they enjoyed a leisurely ride up through Thornton le Moor to Hall Farm Cafe at the edge of South Kelsey. Our group was made most welcome and fed well on cake. Ted is said to have indulged in an extra slice!
The ride back went through North and South Owersby before dispersal at Kirkby for home or riding back to Middle or Market Rasen.
Friday 17th March
Middle Rasen to Normanby-by-Spital
Today we were 8 against a strong breeze from the west.The steady wind was lighter than promised, never the less it did slow our progress somewhat between Faldingworth and Spridlington.
Our ride back was wind assisted, just what was needed after a longish lunch.
Friday 10th March ~ visit to the Churches at Buslingthorpe and Snarford
We were a group of 11 riders with a 22 km route covering these two redundant churches, both with some medieval content. The weather was good again and this time we started in Faldingworth with a few riders cycling to the start from Market Rasen.
Our first stop was at St Micheal’s Buslingthorpe with its early stone tower and later brick edition. Inside the Church is one of the earliest examples of Engish military memorial brass depicting Sir Richard Boselyngthorpe who died around 1340. This is thought to make him the son of Sir John de Buslingthorpe, whose stone effigy lies in the Church.
The second stop was at St Lawrence’s Church, Snarford, with its many and interesting alabaster carvings, including the lifesize figures of Sir Thomas St Paul and his wife, c1580. They were members of a dynasty of rich lawyers.
Other family are evident in similar form toward the rear of the Church, including children and Sir Geaorge and his wife Frances who look down on visitors fashionably dressed, each propped on an elbow.
Educated and refreshed we retuned the Faldingworth.
Friday 17th February
This week’s ride out was planned by Paul. Thanks Paul, it was a perfect day for cycling and skydiving too ……. and what a view!
……. Having met at the leisure centre cafe in Brigg for 10am, the five cyclists had a steady ride down to Cadney on a very quiet road. We crossed the Ancholme on the narrow bridge in sunshine (see photo) and dropped into the Skydive Centre in Hibaldstow for a cuppa and as we arrived we saw skydivers landing in formation.
In the cafe we watched the next drop from prep’ to decent. On screen they showed views from 15000 ft via a live headcam; amazing, especially as the Red Arrows came into shot.
Our steady ride back by bicycle (20.5 km) felt somewhat tame.
Friday 10th February
An interesting ride with no wind and a cool temperature, today we had a short but varied ride. And it was not just the terrain which provided excitement!
We started with large flakes of snow, like wet and cold kisses from a yeti …… Not that I have had that pleasure. Then a clear period followed by a spell of dry snow, like the tiny beads enjoyed by skiers.
Fortunately the ground remained free from snow or ice, so we rode on quite buoyed by the experience. (see photo)
Ted warned that the forest tracks had been churned by recent works, but we dodged the mud and made good progress round the wooded areas and back into Market Rasen.
A large mug of tea or coffee at Jossels was our reward for what will be a memorable 50 minute ride.
Friday 20th January
Our planned excursion via Holtham Garrs and Croppersgorse had 2km of mud and was, therefore, unusable with too many hidden potholes! I think we can keep that one for another day and fair (dry) weather.
Anyway, at 10am today it was fine. We rode out on minor roads in brilliant sun taking the lanes through Legsby down to the Airfield Café and Aviation Museum on the far side of Holton-cum-Beckering.
It was posh coffee, we had individual caffettiera brewing at table whilst watching light aircraft take off and land. Of course, I consumed the obligatory bacon role.
We came back on minor roads via Wickenby, Lissinglea and Linwood before using the cycle path back to Tesco, our start point, and 17 miles later.
18th November 2016
Money well spent at Thornes Bee Hive specialists on honey soap and fantastic meal in their staff restaurant
A full stomach to battle the gale force winds on our return journey 18 miles (total)