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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