Wickenby Airfield Café and Aviation Museum ~ 17 miles or 27 km
Meet at Tesco, in Mk Rasen with parking at the rear if necessary
From Tesco we cut through the Ridings down to Little London ride out via Legsby, Bleasby toward E. Torrington and then near Callow take the road to Holton-cum-Beckering. From Holton use the Clay Bridge Road (finger post to Lincoln) then turn right at the sign for the airfield memorial.
Refresh at the Airfield Cafe before continuing over the airfield to Westlaby and into Wickenby. Take Station Road and then over the level crossing, passing Wickenby Wood on the left. Turn right at old telephone exchange toward the Lissinglea crossing. After Lissinglea turn left then right across the Lissington Road and on toward Linwood.
From Linwood use the cycle path back to Mk Rasen and disperse at Tesco.
Kirkby to Hall Farm Park ~ 17km
See below for longer rides starting at 10 Acres Cafe (22km) or Middle Rasen (29km)
Meet in Kirkby village.
The planned route goes west from Kirkby passing the moated manor house and the church at Kingerby. Continue until the “Young’s Gospel Tree” where we turn right for South Gullam.
At the top of the rise we turn right again towards North Owersby, passing Kingerby Beck Meadow, an ssi on our right.
At the Owersby crossroads we turn left to travel north through Thornton le Moor and on to South Kelsey where we turn right and east toward Moortown.
We take a comfort break at the Hall Farm Park cafe / restaurant on our right and discuss April’s events over refreshments (phone 01652 678822 before arrival)
Leaving the cafe continue on the same road but turn right at Gipsy Lane making a circuit onto Carter Lane until it rejoins the Owersby Road.
Ride back directly passing through North Owersby, South Owersby and on into Kirkby.
Disperse from Vic’s house or travel on to other start point.
Option – start and finish at 10 Acres Cafe to Hall Farm Park (22km) …..
Meet /park earlier at the 10 Acres Cafe for a cup of tea or coffee. Take Osgodby Top road west crossing to the Low Road through the wood or via Sand Lane. Continue through Osgodby to meet any cycling from Kirkby
Option to start and finish at Middle Rasen PO .. 29 km ..
The option is for some to start earlier and finish at Middle Rasen PO. Cycle north on Low Church Road, passing God’s Acre by Parrys Bridge. Then cycle out through the back of the village onto Sand Lane, crossing Osgodby Top Road and then turn left on the Low Road through Osgodby, to meet up with others in Kirkby.
Of course, these are also add on route options when cycling from Mk Rsn.
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10 Acres Cafe circuit via Claxby
Leave 10 Acres at 10 am (9.40 for cup of tea /coffee) going west on Osgodby Top Road and cross via wood or Sand Lane to Low Road.
Continue through Osgodby, Kirkby and Kingerby turning right at the Gospel Tree up to South Gullum, then right on Gullum Road to North Owersby.
Cross at N Owrsby and take the Moor Road to the A46, then north crossing to the Pelham Road fork and into Claxby.
Come out of Claxby on the Park Road to Usselby Moor. Take the A46 south and cross onto cycle path to Osgodby Top Road and the 10 Acre Cafe (19 km)
Refreshments and disperse
Middle to Spridlington and Normanby
Leave Middle Rasen post office at 10.30 am to refresh at midday.
We go south from Middle toward Lissington but turn off right after the rail bridge through Buslingthorpe and on into Faldingworth.
From Faldingworth we take the Spridlington Road, this offers a comfortable ride toward the villages nearer the A15. The road north out of Spridlington passes East Firsby, Saxby, Owmby-by-Spital and turns left and right as it enters Normanby.
In Normanby we have the option to stop at the Bottle and Glass PH (open from midday.)
Leaving the pub turn back toward Owmby and turn left (east) at Highgate Lane toward Toft next Newton. This pretty country lane is long, narrow and little used, passing between farm buildings in Toft. The same road then continues to the edge of West Rasen and the A631.
There is a cycle path on the A631 between West and Middle Rasen, but it becomes a footpath on entering Middle Rasen proper.
About 26km in total
Woodland Ride from Market Rasen
Meeting at Tesco Market Rasen, we ride out through the Ridings, down to the south end of Dog Kennel Wood on Legsby Road.
Then cross up through the Dog Kennel Wood to the picnic ground and on through that wood to the Tealby Road, stopping at the farm shop tea room for refreshment (optional).
Continue on the woodland track beside the tea room, passing the Walesby Road caravan site and into Canada Wood on the forest road. After Nova Scotia Bridge turn west (first gate left) through the wood on track and cross the A46 200 meters north of the mile stone.
Ride back into Market Rasen using the roadside cycle path.
As we enter Rasen the group can return to Tesco or disperse as appropriate.
Middle and Market Rasen circular (9km)
The ride is circular from outside Middle Rasen PO commencing 10.10, but those cycling out of Mk Rasen may wish to leave together at 10am from the Market Place.
So from Middle we take Low Church Road north in Middle Rasen and then consider either using the track at Low Lane to the A46 cycle path or, if wet and muddy, we stay on the road to ride via Skinners Lane to the A46 cycle – pathway.
Cycle north on the A46 cycle path and cross into Middle Rasen Plantation 300 meters after the milestone. Using the firm paths and the forest road we pass through the wooded area over Nova Scotia Bridge onto Walesby Road.
The ride continues into Market Rasen on the Walesby Road, turning right at Waterloo Street and popping into Jossels on Queen St for elevenses and a cuppa!
Those who commenced from Mk Rasen will disperse from Jossels, the remainder cycle back to Middle on A631 and cycle path.
Faldingworth, Wickenby, Snarford circuit (17.5 km)
Take refreshments, meet in Faldingworth near the corner of Spridlington Road.
Cycle the short hop through the village on the main road and take the lane east to Buslingthorpe to visit St Michael’s, a redundant church where Sir John de Buslingthorpe is portrayed as a knight recumbent in stone.
Continue along the narrow lane passing over the level crossing and turn right on the Lissington road. Then immediately right again, taking us over the Lissinglea level crossing and on to Wickenby. At the edge of Wickenby turn right at the Broadbent Theatre on the way to Snarford.
The church at Snarford, St Lawrences, is a quite spot to take refreshments. This church is also redundant, maintained by charity. It has a number of recumbent and other interesting carved figures, but these are in alabaster rather than stone.
From Snarford ride north to the Spridlington Road and turn right (east) back to Faldingworth.
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Bardney to Lincoln on The Water Rail Way
This is a return ride from Bardney to Lincoln, commencing at 10am opposite the Bardney Heritage Centre LN3 5UF. The route runs along the banks of the River Withern on the Water Rail Way with a stop in Lincoln at Oak House Cafe or elsewhere, off Waterside South, for a cuppa and comfort break. The return journey is cycling east along the same track back to our starting point.
“The Bardney Fryer” is a modified railway carriage on Platform 1, where they prepare meals for centre visitors between 12noon and 2pm. Those keen to eat at the Centre’s cafe-restaurant should return well before they stop cooking. Please note, Fish and Chip meals should be pre-ordered.
If you need assistance getting to Bardney with a bike, please contact the other group members to see if they have space on a cycle carrier.
Parking is available on Station Road Bardney or at The Heritage Centre, but please ask first.
Starting at Tesco Mk Rasen at 10.30 ride through the Ridings to Legsby Road and beside the Race Track and Golf Course beyond Dog Kennel Woods to Little London (10.45)
This route offers a circuit with climb at Sixhills and a long ride down to the next gentle climb into Hainton. The road drops and rises into South Willingham and drops again on the way to a last up hill stretch into East Barkwith for lunch at 12 noon. Return with an easier ride through East Torrington, Bleasby, Legsby and Little London. Those who started in Market Rasen will ride back on the same road to the Ridings and the Tesco Store.
Those wishing to avoid the more strenuous climbs can avoid Sixhills by taking the track at Holtham Garrs, passing Croppersgoss and on into Hainton.
Alternatively, in fine weather meet at Willingham Woods Picnic Ground then cycle south through Dog Kennel Wood to continue from Little London.
Cycling from Tesco at 10am, via the Ridings to Legsby Road. We pass the racecourse on dropping gently down to Little London where we turn left heading in the direction of Sixhills on the minor road.
Before Sixhills, at the site of St Marys Priory, there is a very short steep bit before turning sharp left. it is a quick ride into North Willingham where we cross the A631 and use the cycle/footpath to the the tea rooms in the village.
After a break we can ride back into Market Rasen on the cycle path beside the A631.
Option A ……From the 631 cycle path, peel off at Willingham Woods taking the woodland road from the picnic ground. That route crosses through the woods to the Tealby Road and then drops onto the Walesby Road (at the caravan site).
The ride back into Rasen is then either by road on the Tealby Road or on the Walesby Road.
Option B ….Having started at 9.40 am at Middle Rasen P.O. before arriving at the Tesco for the 10 am start.
…… from Walesby Road (caravan park) continue into Canada Wood crossing Nova Scots bridge. Exit from the plantation wood to cross the A46 above the mile stone, and use the cycle path toward Mk Rasen. Turn right at Low Lane into Middle Rasen and disperse at the P.O.