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19th April  …… Well, there there have been some interesting ride since the end of March. Angela has kindly sent a summary of the Good Friday ride led by Gary.

The weather was glorious today for our ride …… Martin, John, Shirley, Gary and I biked for 25 miles, taking in Hainton, South Willingham, Benniworth and East Barkworth, ending up at Wickenby.

We met up with Chris and Ying at Wickenby and they biked back to Rasen with us. Thanks to Gary for the route planning……. Angela

In a week when both the 27th and 29th of March enjoyed absolutely perfect cycling weather, we had seven riders on the Wednesday and another eight on the Friday ride.

On the Wednesday we went from Market Rasen to the track / road through Holtham Garrs toward Hainton before turning toward the two Torringtons, East and West. From there we went on to Holton cum Beckering before stopping at the Airfield Cafe. And we arrived there just in time to get served, behind eight other riders who had ridden further than us. Had we been a little later a further 30+ customers arrived, but by then assistance came to the aid of the sole cook and counter service lady!

Refreshed we continued on back through Wickenby to Lissingley Lane and across to Linwood before returning to Rasen, a 20 mile ride.

On the Friday, John took us from Middle Rasen to West Rasen and then on to the Toft Newton Reservoir where the group were joined overhead by a display by the Red Arrows, just as the group took a ride around the reservoir’s elevated bank. The site manager was busy renting boats for a days fly fishing and offered to take orders for fresh trout, providing he was given a couple of days to catch them.

Leaving Toft we continued to enjoy  the Red Arrows display. We headed west for Normanby by Spittal  and then south for Spridlington before turning back east toward our intended refreshment stop on the Airfield Cafe.  Four of the group stopped off at St Lawrence’s Church,  Snarford, to look at the medieval internal decoration and  marble tombs. By the time we arrived at the Café we had joined up again . On the airfield we could see 7 or 8 new looking small planes. The pilots were waiting for service as we arrived at the cafe. We sat outside for a longish break, with a mix of snacks and several more teas and coffee than was usual.

The ride back through Wickenby and Lissingley Lane had some wind assist, but we so enjoyed the day, I think we would have been happy to have ridden into the wind. I measure almost 27  miles by the time we got back to Middle Rasen. Martin came from Howsham and Chris cycled from North Owersby, so I can only guess how fard they rode, but those who started from Market Rasen will have done 29+ miles.

Friday 22nd March we explored the Ancholme Valley from Brigg to South Ferriby with Martin. After a cuppa at the leisure centre we left a little later than expected. Martin had arranged our lunch stop at the Post Box Café in South Ferriby for 11.30. However, despite being wind assisted on the ride out, we stopped occasionally along the river and that lost us a little time. Of course, it was worth a delayed arrival to enjoy the view. At around 7 miles out the cycle track stops, so we turned into Saxby All Saints to ride the B1204 the rest of the way into South Ferriby.

Turning toward Ferriby Sluice we had our planned stop at the Post Box Café. We would all recommend the food and service in the little café, where the two ladies made us very welcome.

Returning from Ferriby Sluice along the Ancholme, there are steps to a footpath passing the boat yard and leading to the cycleway. At Horkstow (suspension) Bridge, built 1836 by Sir John Rennie , Martin and Chris checked other route options before deciding to re-ride the road between Horkstow and Saxby-All-Saints.

From Saxby we returned to the Ancholme’s bank  to ride the 7 miles of cinder cycle track along the valley and back into Brigg. With the wind against us on the return, it certainly was exhilarating!

Wednesday 20th March saw an improvement in the weather with sun and blue skys crossed by vapour trails. Four of the cycle group took off to made the best of it. Our route was a mixed terrain with a straight run south out of Rasen toward White House Corner on the B1204. By way of a change we rode through Bleasby Moor and then across to East Torrington. However, we were so warm by the time we got to Collow Abbey Farm, we stopped to remove a layer of clothing. No,  there was no explicit scene, just a jumper or four off and onto the back of the bikes.

We looked at E. Torrington Church with its open bell tower from the road but could find no  road or track to visit. So, that’s a challenge for another day. On the way to Hainton we turned off on the Beck House road over to Croppers Gorse and Holtham Garrs. Its a rough old road running down into a picturesque valley before reaching the shaded wooded area. Apart from us cyclists, and some exceptionally noisy sheep, there was nothing to disturb a variety of interesting bird life.

We stopped at the Golf Course for our break before returning to Mkt Rasen around midday.

Wednesday 13th March and on Friday 15th March, despite bright dry weather, the planned rides were cancelled due to forecasted high winds of 24 mph with strong gusts. However, on the Friday Chris, John and Paul cycled decided to cycle locally.

They went out through the woods to Nova Scotia bridge and then over the level crossing to Walesby and Tealby. They stopped in the tea rooms in Tealby.. …..very nice in there. It was very sheltered in the woods and the wind was following into Walesby..bit windy to Tealby and to the Willingham road but the wind was pushing us into the verge rather than into the road.

John and Paul returned thru the woods to Legsby road and back to Mkt Rasen.

About 14 miles in total cycled.

Friday 8th March. We cycle from Middle Rasen in sunshine, but it got cooler as we left the village. There were eight of us but there was a problem before Osgodby, when a back riders tyre went soft. A whistle soon warned us of the problem, so those at the front rode on to wait at Vic’s, whilst Wilf re-inflated Shirley’s tyre.

This was a longish ride taking about 2 hours going north to South Kelsey then turning west toward Brandy Wharf and clock House Corner before cutting through Sittterby, Atterby and Bishop Norton to the Willows Tea Rooms in Glentham.

Before the stop we had noticed the headwind had become cooler and stronger, but that made our return quicker. Especially so after Caenby and Owmby when we turned east on Highgate Lane through Toft and on from West Rasen. Most of the group used the A631 cycle track to Middle Rasen.

Wednesday 6th March. 8 members went for a cuppa and chat at Bramley Bites, 46 Queen Street to plan rides thru to early May

Friday 1st March was a new ride planned and led by Chris Owen.  We met at the Covenham Sailing Club car park on Fire Beacon Lane.  In contrast to Wednesday, we were a fairly large group of 11 riders. Whilst there was no problem on some empty roads and when riding “off road”, to avoid being a traffic hazard, we spit on the faster roads.

The route took us thru North Cotes to Tetney Lock. We rode out on the road to Braybrook Farm, Low Farm and  through the Fitties to the cycle path on the prom. After a break at the Kingsway Kiosk, we returned on the same route except after the Fitties we rode atop the embankment for a few very bumpy miles before finding terra-firma again at North Cotes.

It was a good 22 miles with perhaps 10 off road, but all flat.

Wednesday 27th Feb 2019 was an exceptional day for both Gary’s “Over the Hills”
and  Angela’s regular “Wednesday Ride”. However, despite the excellent weather described below by Gary, Angela too had very few riders. 

The Wednesday Group were just 3 in total and all happy to do a longer ride, so we chose a 22 mile run and to take in a bit of history with it. The first stop after leaving Mkt Rasen was St Michael’s Church at the medieval village of Buslingthorpe. Its a tiny church packed with history including the carved stone tomb of Sir John de Buslingthorpe (above) and some ancient brass work (right) .

The group then moved on thru Faldingworth to the tiny hamlet of Snarford to look inside the Church of St Lawrence. We have been before but its fair to say the marble images(left) inside never fail to provide interest.

Continuing south, riding into the sun, we skirted Snelland and then went east , crossing into empty lanes to the usual stop at the Airfield Café and museum. The ride then continued to West Torrington before turning north back thru Bleasby and Legsby to Market Rasen


Over the Hill Ride 

After 4 O.T.H riders expressing interest in this ride, ultimately only 2 of us made it. Mike who had mapped out the route sadly strained his neck whilst doing a recce of the route the day before. Nevertheless it was a glorious day and for some of the ride I was comfortable in just a shirt and shorts! Astounding for a February day. It was only a 20 mile route but with 1200ft of ascent it was reasonably challenging. I started the route from Market Rasen then through to North Willingham and up the hill to Ludford where I met up with Chris. We then made our way on minor roads and bridleways past the fishing ponds at Thorpe le Vale, then to Kirmond le Mire, Stainton le Vale then down to Walesby and along Catskin Lane to Tealby for a refreshing drink in the garden of the Kings Head. I think we’d have both been able to do more but I’d had a very early start to the day and was going dancing in the evening so we called a halt at that point. By and large the hills weren’t too bad except for one point where Chris and I were struggling to get traction on the stony bridleway. I managed it (just) but it was the 1st time I’ve seen Chris get off and walk! It was a lovely ride with fantastic views and it has made me realise that the standard of some of the local bridleways opens up quite a few more routes we could explore.   – Gary

Friday 15th February we had a good group of 11 cycling from Brigg to the Hibaldstow SkyDive Centre.

Photos show  a bright day but miss the fact that our ride our was in the face of a gentle but cool breeze.

We had the added pleasure of arriving as the SkyDive team were preparing on the airstrip prior to the drop.

As we left, the clear skys offered an excellent view of the jump


Wednesday 13th February was a quiet ride out of Rasen on Willingham Road to Sand Lane, beyond the picnic ground. 4 of us went on a circular route into Tealby then Walesby and on the Moor Road west to the Ten Acre Café. The ride continued off the Top Road into Middle Rasen before returning to Market Rasen.

On Monday 10th February, the forecast was for sun, so John and Gordon did an impromptu ride from Tesco out toward Wickenby.

With the arrival of storm Erik on Friday 7th February, we cancelled the ride due to high winds.

Wednesday 5th February was a sunny morning with kind temperatures so we decided to ride the planned Friday ride because the forecast for Friday was not good.

Cycling from Jamerson Bridge we rode through the Ridings and on to Legsby and Bleasby before making the turn at Callow which crossed toward Holton-cum-Beckering.

Angela pointed out Mr Tomlinson’s beautiful castellated rabbit topiary at Holton Grange.

Our stop was at the Wickenby Airfield where we watched an early camouflaged 2 seater plane with RAF standard roundel and fin markings.

Our run home was no less pleasant …. over the airfield through Wickenby and crossing Buslingthorpe Bridge into Middle Rasen before returning into Market Rasen.

Rides on Wednesday 30th January and Friday 1st of February were cancelled due to extreme weather.

Friday 25th January ….. we cycled along the Water Rail Way from Bardney to Waterside South (Lincoln) where we stopped for a break. It was a lovely ride with a group of 9 enjoying the peace along the broad cycle path, beside the Withern.

Unfortunately one rider had picked up a puncture and, as we emerged from the café, the flat tyre was discovered. Talk about a drama, we pulled out the thorn and mended the puncture, but the valve broke up when the tyre was inflated. So what was a quick job became a bit of faffing around, removing the wheel and changing the inner tube. In the end it was really “no problem” ……. we were soon off, on our way back to Bardney.


The weather had warmed up from the sub zero mornings of the past 3 days and, although we had a slight breeze  from the west, it served to favour an easy return. After our ride we stopped at the Bardney Heritage Centre for some further refreshment and a chat. 

Wednesday 23rd January …. Well, despite starting at 11am to benefit from a forecast of full sun, it was still  cloudy and refusing to warm up on the Jamerson Bridge. Hence, we abandoned the planned route and, although we rode off toward Tealby, we turned off early into the wood where we could ride comfortably as a group of five.

From Willingham Wood we picked up the Lindsey Trail and crossed to Dog Kennel Wood and then south onto the Legsby Road. It was still pretty chilly and without the promised sun, so we cut the ride short to take lunch at the Market Rasen Golf Club.

In contrast, as we emerged after enjoying coffee/tea,  various soups and toasted delights, we had full sun for our return ride into Market Rasen.

This cycle group it looking more like a group intent on eating out!

Wilf and Gordon who had cycled out of Middle Rasen, clocked up just 10 very cool miles by the time they got back.

Friday 18th January ……. it was very cold today when we left Middle Rasen Post Office at 10 am. Fortunately despite the subzero temperatures over night the roads were mostly dry and free from ice. We rode north through the village and on to Osgodby before cycling west to Kirkby and meeting up with Ted and chatted briefly with Vic who is aching to get back on his bike.

The ride to Hall Farm Park went through Kingerby, South Gullum, North Owersby and on the minor roads skirting Thornton Le Moor and leading us to our stop from the Moortown Road. We stopped twice for loose dogs, once in Osgodby for a pup running in the road and latterly on Gravel Hill where a large German Sheppard had strayed onto the road.

Needless to say we were super chilled on arrival at Hall Farm where the five of us set to work on a mixture of tea, coffee, cake, bacon rolls, sausage sandwiches and beans on toast. A second round to ” cure the cold” included a bakewell tart with custard.

It was a quicker ride back without the outbound excursions and an absence of strays to be accommodated.

Wednesday 16th January …. Most of the usual riders were walking today, but we did get a potential new member, Gill. It was a fairly short ride of 10 miles this morning, to avoid the forecast of heavy showers before midday.  

Our route was out was through Walesby, to Tealby Thorpe. From Sand Lane we crossed the Willingham Road to cycle “off road” into Dog Kennel Wood and on to Legsby Road and the golf course for tea and coffee. Whilst refreshing we saw the heavy rain. It passed before we rode back to Rasen!

Friday 11th January …. Today was less cool and five of us left Middle Rasen on the closed road to Buslingthorpe Bridge and then made our way to Faldingworth where we met a further three members of the group.

It was a gentle ride down to Spridlington where we turned south on the long road passing Hackthorn into Welton.

The photo shows us all after taking refreshments at the Secret Garden.

Returning via Cold Hanworth gave us a change of scene on a less busy road back to Faldingworth. Two members of the group split off and the rest continued back toward Rasen. A 22 mile ride.

Meanwhile two members of the group were comfortably taking a break from a 20 mile cycle in balmy Thailand.

Wednesday 9th January …. We were 5 today and a new member joined.

It was a clear morning as we set off and decided that the ride south into the sun and toward Bleasby Moor and on to Holton-cum-Beckering was quite attractive. That said we did have some patches of cloud and there was some very cold spotting rain at times.

We stopped at the Airfield Café as another cloud approached but when we emerged we could see there was a fair mix of weather coming. By then we had a cool breeze from the north too.

At the Wickenby Station level crossing, we had a good 5 or 10 minute wait  and kind of struggled to recover our mojo after that. Especially when we were going north into the wind on the steady (slight) climbs back to Rasen.

Wednesday 2nd January 2019 ……We were 4 this cool morning, setting off from the Jamerson Bridge for Walesby. (Angela, Gary, John and Gordon). It was spitting a bit on the way out, but the sun did appear as we crossed to Tealby and Tealby Thorpe. Our circuit took us south to the Willingham Road and off road into the forest. That section made a short hop through Dog Kennel Wood onto Legsby Road, and a very welcome coffee / tea stop at the Market Rasen Golf Club.

So we didn’t bike too far today, just a chance to ride before returning home in time for lunch.

Friday 28th December ……Five of us (Angela, Gary, Geoff, Lynne and John) biked 25 miles today, in lovely (sunny intervals, warmish and very little wind) weather.

 We went a circular route to Scothern garden centre, but as it was shut ( the website said it would be open) we swiftly peddled to Wickenby. Wickenby was hosting a Turkey Curry Fly In, but they had room for us, and we had room for their tasty sausages.

 Gary kept us on the correct route, so thanks to him. 

Wednesday 19th …. the weather was too wet to ride in comfort. The 9 mile walkers would have been a little wet. However on Friday 21st December, despite the very damp weather, there was no wind and we decided it was not really raining. Our ride went south and was the reverse of the one below. Needless to say when we got to the Airfield Café we were the only customers. We had just left when the heavens sprung a good leak. It lasted about 10 minutes and we made good progress back to Market Rasen.

Good ride, but pity about the weather!!! 

Friday 7th  …..there was bad weather, but on Wednesday 12th December we had another glorious day and did the old favorite ….. Mkt Rasen to Legsby, Bleasby, Holton and the Airfield Café. It was a steady ride and we were home shortly after midday.

The Wednesday ride was changed to 11.30 am on Tuesday 4th December to take advantage of a cold day with sunshine and avoid another bout of unfavourable weather. We were just two riders and after a stop for refreshments a sharp cold mist had descended, so it good to get back just before 2pm.

Wednesday 28th there was no short ride due to storm force winds, but on Friday 30th November we had brilliant weather and left Market Rasen with the sun in a clear blue sky. The route went across country from near Little London to Hainton before turning to the Torringtons and Holton-cum-Beckering.

Our favoured stop at the Airfield Café gave us a chance to chat before riding back across the airfield ……. through Wickenby to Lynwood and on to Mkt Rsn.

Friday 23rd November, A 20 mile circular ride led by Gary. We cycled from Sherwood Lodge in Edwinstowe (on the edge of the forest) mainly off road into Clumber Park. It was a damp day for a woodland ride, but the trip was really worth the effort.

Pictures below show us stopped to check the map and a brief stop by the Major Oak

Click to view route taken by the 7 riders

Wednesday 2ist November, was a rather quiet ride of 8 miles on a bright morning with no wind, mainly through woodland.

On Friday 16th November  we were 7 on a fairly dull day, but the temperature and an absence of wind was just right for our 26 mile ride.

Having set off at a fair lick we had just passed Vic’s place, heading toward North Owersby, when Geoff’s tyre was clearly losing its puff.  The photo shows Martin assisting with the errant wheel whilst a number of us were verbally supervising things.

The ride went from Middle Rasen in a circuit including Osgodby, South Kelsey, Brandy Wharf, Bishop Norton, Glentham, Caenby and Normanby by Spittal. We refreshed at the Bottle & Glass before returning to our start, cycling back on Highgate Lane, through Toft and West Rasen.

On Wednesday 14th November, Angela led a ride from Jamerson Bridge through the Ridings and down toward Little London. We climber toward Sixhills before turning toward North Willingham. We cycled through the ford at Tealby Thorpe, then cut across to Walesby on Catskin Lane with a warm south wind’s assistance.  Our refs stop was at Ten Acres allowing a return to the start via Middle Rasen. By choice, today we rode a 16 mile circuit.

On Friday 9th November, We were nearly stumped by the weather today with too much wind from the east, but John came to the resue. Anticipating a problem with the wind he had an alternative route plan. This meant we could do a longish ride and know that the last bit home would be relatively easy, with the wind at our backs.

We went off in a long arc from Middle Rasen passing through Newton , Toft, and Normanby by Spittal before turning south for Spridlington. We cycled in an easterly direction, then through Snarford to Snelland and Westlaby to stop at our favoured Airfield Café near Holton-cum-Beckering.

We were just about to set off home with the wind at our backs after the café break only to discover a couple of the bikes had been secured with a lock whose key was still comfortably hanging on its hook in Market Rasen. Fortunately the Wickenby Airfield Fire Service had as set of cable cutters which chewed their way through our security with ease.

Thanks to John, we all had a very interesting 26 mile ride.

Wednesday 7th November,  we were just two cycling in a 19 mph breeze out to Walesby. We took the Catskin Lane across to Tealby Thorpe skirting the ford until the last moment. Along Sand Lane across to the Willingham Road we has a steady head wind which made he slight incline feel like a mountain. We used Dog Kennel Wood to escape the breeze and came back in to Rasen on the Legsby Road, stopping at the Golf Club for a cuppa.

All in all, it was an exhilarating 11 mile ride. We enjoyed the unusually warm wind and passed many trees still wearing their golden autumn leaves.

Friday 2nd November.  Again we had a bright clear day and we were 7 riders as we dropped down from Middle Rasen through Wickenby, Snelland and Stainton-by- Langworth to Newball and Hardy Gang Wood before turning east into Apley, Goltho and stopping at The Corn Dolly (café) in Wragby. Our return took us back through the Torringtons to Bleasby, where some left to return to Market Rasen through Linwood and the remainder went back via Lissington to Middle Rasen.

Wednesday 31st October. This morning was a bright clear day with the lightest wind from the south, so we rode south. It had been a very cold night, but by 10 am, when we started, the sun had removed any risk of frost. It was an easy ride which took us past Bleasby Moor and on to Holton-cum-Beckering where we saw 3 buzzards circling and calling as we approached the Airfield Café. We returned on the quiet Westlaby and Lissingley route back to Buslingthorpe Bridge. There we separated, going directly to our various destinations.

Friday 26th October, there were 6 riders today and it threatened to blow from the north west later, so we agreed to change the destination from Wragby in the south to Kelsey in the north and rode out into the light head wind.

It was bright but cool today and we went from Middle Rasen to Osgodby, Kirkby, South Gullam and North Owersby out to a point before Beasthorpe where we took the very narrow lanes bringing us onto the Moortown Road to the east of South Kelsey. Refreshments were taken at Hall Farm Park before a relatively cool but easy ride back with a following wind.

Total ride was 20 miles.

Wednesday 24th October, the weather was so good, Angela and Sylvia extended what was to be a shorter ride. Their route made a circuit to the south on Legsby Road passing the Race and Golf Couses then up through Dog Kennel Woods and on to Tealby, via Sand Lane. They then rode into Walesby on Catskin Lane and cycled west for refreshments at 10 Acres before returning to their start point, Jamerson Bridge in Market Rasen.

Friday 19th October  was a bright day and Chris led an enjoyable ride from Market Rasen through Faldingworth and Snarford to the Wickenby Airfield for refreshments.

Friday 12th and Wednesday 17th  October Storms on the 12th and an absence of riders on 17th because of the popular 9 mile walk meant these two rides were cancelled.

On Wednesday 10th October, Angela led four of us  on a ride from Jamerson Bridge. It was an absolutely brilliant day so we lengthened the ride to visit the Café on the Wickenby Airfield. We meandered back on the minor roads through the Lissingley Crossing and over Buslingthorpe Bridge to Middle Rasen before returning to our start point.

On Friday 5th October  Chris is took us on a ride from Covenham Reservoir to Oasis Lakes, North Somercoats.  5 of us met Chris at 10am in the public carpark  as planned. Fortunately for me Angela and Gary saw me go sailing past whilst waiting for the rest and they were kind enough to phone me so I didn’t go too far before discovering my error.

Some short stretches of the 20 mile route were on bridleways, but the remainder was on relatively quiet country roads through Covenham village and continue thru to Yarburgh and onto Alvingham  and after the bridleway  we arrived in Conisholme, Barrows Gate and then Church End before coming to the Oasis  fishing lakes cafe in North Somercotes for breakfast. Our return was the same but in reverse.

Wednesday 3rd October was a quiet day and a fairly tight schedule for Angela so we took the fast but challenging off road tracks out through Canada Woods over Gipsy Lane at the level crossing and into the woods opposite. We crossed the A46 and entered Osgodby Wood to emerge in front of Ten Acres for a cuppa. After a short break we returned via the back lanes into Middle Rasen and Angela returned to Market Rasen on the cycle path.

Friday 28th September  Chris took 9 riders from Donnington on Bain across the wolds to the Old School Café in Horncastle in brilliant cycling weather. A round trip of 23 miles over beautiful rolling hills.

Wednesday 26th September Was a beautiful and mild day but we were just 3 in number. It was a gentle ride out from Jamerson Bridge onto the Tealby Road. We then crossed through Forestry woods to the Picnic Ground and called for  a drink at the Chocolate Drop (Willingham Hall). We then went south through Dog Kennel Woods onto Legsby Road and back into to Market Rasen via the Ridings cycle path

Friday 21st September Cycling cancelled due to risks posed by forecast of storm overnight and wind speeds of 22 – 24 mph with higher gusts.

Friday 7th September 20 miles from Middle Rasen Post Office to Hall Farm in South Kelsey  with some diversions to make the ride more interesting. We had a bit of early rain, which was not in he forecast, we were a bit damp but nothing to get us wet. 

Unfortunately, on one diversion, via Carter Lane, we had a mishap.  Angela’s chain broke and the break would not mend with the tool carried by Chris for such an event. However, together we got everyone to Hall Farm Park where Angela was able to get a lift home with the broken bike.

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.

Having escaped from the UK with bikes, we are pleased to see them enjoying the Iberian sun or abandoned bikes in the french café culture.

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.

Wednesday 18th April ….. We were 5 today and met on Jamerson Bridge with weather set fair. What a change to have sun and no mud!

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.

Friday 13th April …..Chis led this ride from Middle Rasen  and got a puncture in Faldingworth, but fixed it within 20 minutes. However, Chris admits that he and Paul  could not find any obvious cause for the puncture, so a mile down the road, “guess what”, the tyre was flat …… again!

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 11th April –  Well isn’t the winter is taking its time going?   Today had a damp chill in the air, but cyclists are a brave bunch.
The five in todays Wednesday group had a very enjoyable 9 mile ride. As usual when it is wet and going “off road” is not an option, we made  our way out toward Walesby. Then splashed back through the ford at Tealby Thorpe before taking a break at the Chocolate Drop.
Having been out for a couple of hours, we were all comfortably back home by midday.

Friday 6th April – It was a 10.30 start from Middle Rasen, but Chris set off from North Kelsey cycling against a headwind to reach us with a few minutes to spare. Vic, who came from the same direction, warned us about the breeze from the south before we saw Chris.  As we set off toward Buslingthorpe and our next rendezvous point in Faldingworth we could certainly feel the need to push into the wind.  We became 10 riders from the Linwood turn and then 11 when Shirley joined us at the RV point in Faldingworth. The ride became easier on the Spridlington Road and better still when we turned north for Owmby and Normanby.
We made such good time we all popped into St Peters Church for some education, to admire the internal stone work and its east facing Easter Window.
After lunch at the Bottle and Glass, Chris took a northern route to scope out another trip taking in Clock House and Brandy Wharf. The rest returned on the long but quiet Highgate Lane. We again experienced some strong cross as we went east and headwinds from the south on short sections. From Toft, Shirley turned toward Newton accompanied by Wilf and the remaining 7 cyclists continued east through West Rasen to disperse at the PO in Middle. A ride of 29 km or 18 miles.

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. 

Considering it was a bank holiday were  a fairly large group of 8. We arrived by car excepting Chris. He arrived for the start at 10 am by bike, having already cycled along the Withern bank all the way from Woodhall Spa. 

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.

And when we emerged for the return 9 miles, the breeze favoured us with a push which got us back at a fairly fast rate.

 Wednesday 21st February Today we had a short 8 km  ride out after a bit of bike maintenance. We rode out to Walesby, across to Tealby on Catskin Lane and then back to Jamerson Bridge, via Sunnyside for a cuppa!

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 expectedthere 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 ……………’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

Middle Rasen to visit Buslingthorpe and see the little medieval church of St Michael.

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 DecemberCancelled “ICE”

Wednesday 29th November

With the cold and some wintry showers expected, a couple of riders decided against riding today. However, we did do the planned woodland ride …. i.e. between puddles.

Fortunately, when it poured it was hailstones and they bounced off, leaving us dry. A later shower of rain did come, but by then we were comfortably inside with our refreshments. It was tea and/or coffee for the gents and an enormous  scone with butter and jam for the lady. Needless to say, the scone was not shared!
After our break we had a clear sky again and met with Chris on foot in Canada Wood, he was bravely making for Claxby. 

 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.

As usual we stopped, after all what else can one do?

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.

Wednesday 22nd ~ It was an unusually warm day (15° C) at 10 am when the two of us set off from the Jamerson Bridge in Market Rasen. We had the breeze at our backs all the way into Walesby and did not notice it was an uphill ride. Having turned in the village we descended on the moor road with a warm wind in our faces.
After stopping 10 Acres we went to the edge of Middle Rasen on Sand Lane and took Low Lane track back to the edge of Rasen.
Next week is the last of the 10 mile rides planned for November. Some have been more successful than others, but today’s was very poorly supported.
Let’s hope there is a bigger take up next week (29th Nov).

 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.

At Hall Farm we  were joined by Ted, so that made us a group of 10 for refreshments at table.

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.

Wednesday 15th ~  we were a group of 5 meeting  riding south to Linwood and crossing west to the Buslingthorpe Bridge before taking the minor roads through Middle Rasen to the 10 Acre Cafe. We were being good …… just ordering a drink until one of the group asked for a bacon sandwich! After we had all devoured a bacon sandwich, we crossed into Canada Wood, over Nova Scotia Bridge and then into Market Rasen on the Walesby Road. 

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.

  On Wednesday 8th we revisited an earlier Wednesday ride . Going out on Walesby Road and crossing to Tealby on Catskin Lane. We passed The Watermill House on Sand Lane to stop for tea and hot chocolate at Willingham Hall. The weather was bright and this time entered Dog Kennel Wood and emerge on Legsby Road before turning right on Legsby Road for Market Rasen.

 Friday 3rd November. As suggested, the ride had several starting places including Market Rasen, Middle Rasen and Faldingworth. The 8 riders came together at 10.25 on Wickenby Road in Lissington.

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!

As we entered Market Rasen it was notable that the  sun would soon set.

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.

Monday 23rd October,  This shorter local ride took us from Jamerson Bridge Street in Market Rasen out on the Walesby Road as far as the woodland caravan park. From there we took the woodland road  over Nova Scotia as far as the Walesby level crossing at Gipsy Lane. We turned left and crossed the busy A46 road to visit Ten Acres Cafe on Osgodby Top Road. After a welcome cuppa, we traversed the wood opposite to the Low Road. Before Osgodby we turned left passing Hill House “Horse World” and on to Skinners Lane, Middle rasen. Using the A46 cycle path we rode back to our start point in Market Rasen.

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.

Click to see other ride options around this area

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.

Friday 22nd September ~ Bardney to Doddington on National Cycle Routes
This was a ride with options. Some of us rode from the Heritage Centre (Station Road Barney) to Lincoln on the Water Rail Way (NCR1) and then changed the NCR64 over to Doddington Hall. Others were able to shortened their ride by joining us  at Five Mile Bridge or turning back at Lincoln after a joint refreshment break.

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

 Today we chanced the weather despite an ambiguous forecast. Nine  rode off from Middle Rasen toward Osgodby led by Wilf. Vic joined us at Kirkby to make Ten.
We stuck to the planned route, South Gullum, North Owersby to South Kelsey and Hall Farm Park, where we took refreshments.
On the return journey we skirted South Kelsey on the very quiet back road to Thornton le Moor before cutting back to Kirkby and Middle Rasen. The photo shows the heavy threatening clouds with the group riding south on Gipsy Lane after their refreshment break.

Friday 8th Sept

 Sadly the heavens opened as we assembled to ride off from Middle Rasen and there being no evidence of the promised sun, we abandoned the ride.

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.

The group used woodland roads to continue the circuit of Market Rasen before returning to their Tesco start.

Friday 25th August 

Chris led a ride from Brayford Wharf, Lincoln. We used the former railway line, now a cycle track toward Newark. Our outbound journey ended with coffee and cake when we reached the Giant Cycle shop and cafe at Doddington Hall.  

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.

Friday 4th August ~ Angela is led a 6 strong ride from Tesco in Market Rasen via the Ridings  to Little London before turning east toward Sixhills. At the site of St Mary’s Priory (Benedictine) they made a left turn down toward N. Willingham. Taking the roadside A631 cycle path to the picnic ground, they took the forest road to Tealby Road and stop at “Sunnyside” the tea room and farm shop.

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

Friday 28th July 
Chris took 7 of us from Chapel St Leonards to the visitor centre at Gibraltar Point on the coastal cycle path. We had a warm crosswind with just the right amount of sunshine.

Well done Chris, sorry the “Magnificent Seven” didn’t get time for the donkey ride, too.

 Friday 21st July 
The weather was good with a strong warm breeze from the south. That meant those who cycled to the start in Faldingworth had used some puff before the ride began. Its a gentle 20km (13mile) ride from Faldingworth to Welton via Spridlington with the return via Cold Hanworth. Our break today was at The Secret Garden café in Welton. 

 Friday 14th July

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 7th July
Middle Rasen PO  or Kirkby  to Hall Farm Park, South Kelsey.
 A lovely day for a ride and I missed it. However, Chris sent a picture showing the group stopped at the roadside saying “cheese”.
This was a ride of two distances, for those meeting in Middle Rasen it was a 30 km road trip and those who met at Vic’s had a very pleasant 20 km ride.
I have yet to hear how the refreshments faired or compared to other venues but, no doubt, I will hear next week.

Friday 30th June

Seven riders set off from Middle Rasen and rode toward West Rasen before turning south through Newton by Toft, Snarford and Snelland. We took a break at the Airfield Cafe then rode back through Wickenby direct to Middle Rasen.
Weather was gentle, wind free and without the threat of rain, unlike the rest of the week.

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.

Over refreshments at Just Deserts Heather and John told us about their recent trip to France where they joined others of all-nations commemorating the D-Day landings.

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.

We stopped in Alkborough for refreshments and to visit Julians Bower. The site of a medieval maze with views  of the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Trent with the Humber.

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.

We rode out from Middle Rasen to Spridlington and Normanby by Spittal for lunch at the Bottle and Glass.

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.

En route we stopped to look at the Brightwater Green Burial Meadow near Saxby before a well earned rest at The Bottle and Glass, Normanby by Spital sometime shortly after midday.

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)