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Wednesday 18th and Friday 21st September were excellent cycling days in a week of sunshine. On the Wednesday we were just 4 riders and we went to Wickenby Airfield by way of a change. As on another occasion, we emerged from the Café to find one of us had acquired a puncture from hedge cuttings prior to our arrival. On balance this was lucky …. only one puncture. The two ladys needed to get back and although we fixed the puncture quite quickly, us two me never caught up despite trying to!

Friday was a long ride, and planned so because of the favourable weather. It must have been about 30 miles with 6 riding out of Middle Rasen and through to North Kelsey where we went over to the Ancholme on the Carr Road. The Hibaldstow Bridge was still burnt through from an arson attack some months back, but were busy making good the river banks toward Brigg.

Our photo shows a repaired a navigable section of the damaged bridge just wide enough for bikes and walkers. We refreshed at the skydive centre before riding south to Waddingham then east to Brandy Wharf and South Kelsey. We were tired as we cycled the last leg back to Middle Rasen.

Wednesday 11th September we were 3 riders, Angela, Gill and myself. With a good local weather forecast we set of for the Wickenby Airfield Café. It was a good ride out in warm weather with a fairly strong westerly as we turned from West Torrington toward Holton cum Beckering. That meant we were a little puffed out by the time we had passed a farmer trimming his hedges along the narrow lane. After a welcome cuppa we found that one of us had a puncture to repair. Having made good the tube and removed a small thorn, we set off in a light rain which became heavy and soaked us by the time we cleared Westlaby for Wickenby. Later, as we rode back nearer to Rasen, we could see our local forecast  was correct …….. we were then on bone dry roads!

Friday 13th September was a beautiful day for cycling. We had a clear blue sky and no breeze. That was important because, having cycled from Middle to Faldingworth, the road west is open, flat and unprotected from any westerly wind. So the seven of us had a great ride to the Secret Garden and back, that was 36km or 23 miles if riding from Middle Rasen.

The piece of video shows exactly why we cycle and what we actually do on arrival at any given destination!

Tuesday 3rd September Sylvia and Angela went for a ride in good weather, but on the Wednesday there was a little rain which meant Angela cycled alone.

On the Friday 6th  Angela, Wilf and Chris went to Wickenby in the end rather than the Secret Garden. They were entertained by the Wing Walkers.

Wednesday 27th Angela tells us it was an all ladies ride today ( myself, Angela D, Sylvia, Helen and Shirley). We biked past the golf course, turned left at Little London, and left again at the bottom of Sixhills. Towards Willingham woods and into Tealby. We stopped for a cuppa and scones ect at Sunnyside. From there it was back through Dog Kennel woods, and back into Rasen past the golf course. Plus the weather was lovely.

On Friday 29th Chris reports “Martin, Gary, Wilf and I set off from Tescos and headed towards Faldingworth to meet with Shirley on Friday. The weather was sunny with a brisk SW wind. We continued through to Snarford and headed to Wickenby airport cafe. After the usual excellent food and chatter we headed back to Friesthorpe and Faldingworth with Shirley and then headed back to Tescos via Linwood…..We all enjoyed Shirley’s infectious laughter throughout the journey”

Wednesday 21st Angela reports “Shirley and I had a lovely ride and catch up today. We both had sausage sandwiches (on Brown) at Wickenby. We biked about 18 miles in total – we went a long way round. And for Friday 23rd August Chris lead the ride to Hall Farm Park. He tells us that apologies were received from Wilf and Shirley who had planned to ride but were unable to do so on the day…….. 7 cyclists set off from Middle..Chris,Angela M,Gary ,Paul, and a welcome return to Geoff and Lynne and their friend David.
We had planned to meet up with Mike at Osgodby..we waited but after some time we carried on to Hall Farm Park..We cycled in a clockwise route to South Kelsey and then to Hall Park Farm..Suitably refreshed we went on quiet back roads  to Thornton , North Owersby ,Osgodby and Middle..Weather was perfect ..temp in the middle 20s C..with a southerly wind.

Wednesday 14th August ……. Angela Davis led ….. I thought you might like to know that Gill, Sylvia and I had a gentle ride out to Linwood, Bleasby Moor, Bleasby, Legsby, North Willingham and over to Tealby tearooms this morning. We cut short the original plan to go via Hainton and Sixhills because of the forecast heavy rain, and in fact Sylvia and I got back just as it started. It was 15.6 miles – for the record!

Friday 16th August …. the weather was not great but Angela and Wilf ignored some gentle rain to ride to the Wickenby Airfield Café for the small breakfast. After they got back it the rain poured down and was still going strong some hours later!

Wednesday 7th there was no ride, Friday 9th August Paul reports…..There were just three of us starting on a beautiful morning at Tescos. Mike had already cycled in from Stainton and Chris met us at the Golf Ball. I hope the word “challenging” did not put people off! It was just the Walesby Hill really that got the pulse rates up and the ride to The Dunn Deal was delightful with splendid views. Gary and I cycled back the quiet lanes via Moortown and the Owersbys and Mike and Chris made their own ways back to Stainton and Cleethorpes respectively.

Friday 2nd August 4 intrepid riders followed Chris   through  Faldingworth , Spridlington Road, Cold Hanworth, on to Hackthorn, then cross the A15 and on to Brattleby and Thorpe le Fallows  arriving at Bransby Horse visitor centre for lunch.

On the way we were treated to an amazing display by the Red Arrows at Scampton

We even missed the worst of the rain at lunch. 36 mile round trip. Great ride – thanks Chris.

Wednesday 30th July Angela tells us “Just got back from our ride to Wickenby. Angela, Gill, Sylvia and I biked, but it rained heavily on the way there, and we got soaked down to, and including, our underwear! We still had a nice time. And on Friday 2nd August Chris is riding to the Bransby Horse Centre.

Friday 26thJuly Chris tells us he had 6 riders, Chris, Paul, Gary and Wilf who rode from South Ferriby and met with Angela and Ted at Barton.

They continued over the Humber Bridge to North Ferriby where the café is very close to being the best we have visited, with excellent breakfast rolls  …….consisting of egg, bacon and sausage in a large roll. ……and very pleasant waitress service.
This was  21 miles  on what is probably our most picturesque route.

Wednesday 17th  Angela had no riders with her, so it was a solo ride. However, Friday 19thJuly ….. Chris tells us …… Despite predictions of heavy showers, 5 cyclist, Chris, Wilf, Mike, Gill and John met at Tescos at 10am. We decided to go via Legsby Rd to Sixhills and were due to meet Ted in Ludford.
Unfortunately, by the time we arrived at Sixhills we had managed to lose Wilf. We phoned him a few times, but there was no answer from his mobile. What happened was we managed to become quite spread out going up Sixhills and Wilf had ridden straight on towards Hainton rather that turning left for Ludford. In future rides, it might be sensible to say that any rider in front of the main group should stop when they come to any road junction and then cyclists will not go the wrong way!

We headed downhill towards the B17 cafe in Binbrook and we were all surprised how reasonable the food and drinks were. £3.50 for a breakfast. Good service also. Instead of returning the same way we headed out of Binbrook towards Rothwell and then turned left towards Caistor High St. We crossed over that road and rode up to Walesby Top. Gill left us there to return home via Walesby. After descending into Tealby John headed home while Ted and I carried on down Sandy Lane to Willingham Woods and so to Tescos.
Ted says … It was a good ride yesterday, I joined the group at Ludford and afterwards rode back to Rasen with Chris, still managing to do over 17 miles, luckily despite a bad weather forecast rain only troubled us for the last couple of miles.

Wednesday 3rd July  was a circular route out from the Tealby Road through Willingham Woods with the 3 of us continued on the Lindsey Way out of Dog Kennel Wood  on to Legsby Road to our stop at Wickenby Airfield.

Friday 5th had 7 riders meeting at Martin’s house. The more adventurous 2 had ridden to Howsham, but the rest arrived by car!
It was a warmly comfortable day and we made steady progress from busy roads to tracks and then on through forest on NCR1.
Martin points out the subterranean secret bunker and explains how it was fitted for war time occupation by a sabotage team …. if and when the invasion came.

We emerged from the forest at Grasby Bottom and continued by road to our refreshment stop in Caistor. After refreshments 2 of our group made their way home but the remainder continued from Nettleton to Owmby, Searby and back to Howsham.

Wednesday 26th and Friday 28th June … While the rest of the country had a heat wave, contrary to the prevailing forecast, we were under cool cloud with breeze from the north. Despite the contrast our temperature was in the mid teens and it was good for cycling. We were 4 on the Wednesday ride and chose the bumpy road toward Hainton and then turned west toward the Torringtons. At Holton cum Beckering  Angela decided to lead across country on a track which she believed went direct to the Airfield. Gordon took the road, only to find that Angela’s track did cut out a chunk of fast road and arrived late behind the others and at the back of the cue for refreshments. On the Friday 8 set off from Middle Rasen and picked up a further 3 riders as we made our way to Hall Farm Park.  The sun made its presence felt and we were reduced to 10 riders when Paul (who stopped to remove an outer garment) missed a right turn off the road near Thornton le Moor. We did all meet up at Hall Farm for refreshments though. The ride back was more direct and Gordon snapped a picture as we neared Vic’s place at Kirkby.

On Wednesday 19th June the ride had no takers. However, on the Friday, 21st June, Gary led 4 riders from the Heritage Centre, Station Road, Bardney LN3 5UF via Horsington to Woodhall Spa by road. After lunch at the Tea House in the Woods they return on the Water Rail Way beside the river Withern.

Wednesdday 12th and Friday 14th June

Wednesday 5th and Friday 7th June had less riders than normal. Just two ladies on the Wednesday went to the Airfield Café and on the Friday it was a small group of 4 riding from the Ropewalk in Barton. On Friday Chris led them over the Humber Bridge to take the north shore towpath along the Humber Bank to North Ferriby. The return trip was a 15 mile ride, with lunch at what Chris said was a “posh café”.

In summery Angela says …The bacon/sausage butties at the café were very nice, and the views were really lovely”

Wednesday 29th May and Friday 1st June was a week comfortable rides and varied routes. Wednesday there were just 3 of us with a shortish ride in mind, but in the end we rode over 23 miles on small lanes, because it was a good day to cycle.

On the Friday we were a group of 7 and went off from Brigg along the Ancholme Valley turning off midway to use road into South Ferriby for lunch. We tried to ride back on the riverbank but struggled from the off, with the planned route blocked. First we did an excursion through the shipyard and were further obstructed when we got to the Horkstow Bridge. That said, we had a good ride, mostly off road and in fair weather.

Wednesday 22nd and Friday 24th May has been a week of aerial displays. On the Wednesday we rode down to Wickenby Airfield and saw an aerobatics display team in the middle of a 3 day practice session. Quit exhilarating to see their climbs, loops, twists and turns and at the same moment hear ground crew sending messages to altering the timings etc whilst the planes performed spectacular manovers.

On Friday we went down the Ancholme track from Brigg to the Skydive centre at Hibaldstow. It turned out to be the biggest drop we have ever witnessed. Spectators watched as the sky was filled with descending multi coloured shutes.

Like the planes performing at Wickenby, the skydivers look like tiny insects as they descend from 10,000 or 15,000 feet and are difficult to capture on a simple camera installed on a mobile phone.

Wednesday 15th  and Friday 17th May were two longish rides, each with an alternative start/finish in Faldingworth . On the Wednesday we had 4 start in Middle and two join later as we made our way to Spridlington and the Secret Garden in Welton. We had the usual cooked fare, but it made a lovey change to sit outside in garden enjoying brilliant sunshine. From Middle Rasen and back was about 23 miles.

On Friday we were again 6 riders but with two swops. It took us out to Scothern via the quieter lanes through Snarford, Snelland and Reasby, but the return through Dunholme to Welton meant we had some better road surfaces. Again we stopped for refreshments, this time at the garden centre, but tested cakes and sweet-stuff rather than our old standby , the bacon roll etc. etc.

As with the Wednesday ride we came back to Faldingworth through Cold Hanworth and then the 4 who started from Middle Rasen made their way back through Buslingthorpe. A 26 mile ride.

Wednesday 8th May was a washout and the ride has been rescheduled for the 15th. However, despite light rain at the start on Friday 10th May we rode to East Barkwith , some going over Six Hills and others crossing through Holtham Garrs and Croppersgorse to Hainton where the 7 riders joined again.

We got to East Barkwith via South Willingham but were too early fr the pub so continued via the Torringtons to Holton cum Beckerinbg and The Café on Wickenby Airfield. It was a cooler day and we were the only customers.

Return was up to Westlaby and the Station Rd to Lissingley and the Buslingthorpe Bridge. A couple of us went direct to Middle and the rest crossed to Linwood before taking the cycle path back to Tesco.

I havent ridden with the group for over a month so it was a good 24 miles and a great return to the group.

Wednesday 24th April …….It was an all ladies ride today, Angela D, Helen,   Sylvia, Shirley and myself Angela M.

We went to Walesby,Tealby, through Dog Kennel wood and onto the golf course for tea and tea cakes. We biked back to Rasen through the woods. I think we biked approximately 14 miles.

Weather was fantastic.

Friday 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