Cycle Rides

Thinking about where you would like to ride?

Then the Cycling Group have some pre planned cycle routes  for you to consider. Simply scroll down or  click below to help you choose where to ride.

For example, if riding from Market Rasen try a ride to Wickenby Airfield (see photo) ; North Willingham ; Kingerby and South Kelsey ; Ten Acres and Claxby ; Breakfast in Claxby ;  Normanby-by-Spital ; a woodland circuit ; a   shorter local ride or other local rides with 10 – 13 mile options.

The  Redundant Churches ride is not too long but very interesting, but for longer rides with a local start try the flat route to Goltho and Wragby . For a slightly challenging ride, start in Claxby for a climb at Nettelton or ride out from Rasen to Sixhills and East Barkwith

Moving further afield, we occasionally have a day’s excursion or half a day setting off from  Hemswell, Horncastle, Bardney and Brigg or take one of rides published on North Lincolnshire’s web site .

Alternatively you may like to ride with Chris Owen from Louth or on the coast in East Lindsey and N.E. Lincs on try a costal path ride or the Humber Bank and  Bridge .

Gordon welcomes suggestions for future rides and is happy to answer questions from U3A members. Please call  01673 844222 / 07948881121 or click here to send an email

We start below with the Local and Woodland Rides and gradually move on to longer or more distant rides

Market Rasen circular (9/10 km) about 7 miles

The ride is circular from the Market Place in Rasen.

Ride on the cycle path along the A631  to the Post Office in Middle Rasen.  Turn right into Low Church Road and north through Middle Rasen. At the edge of the village take the Low Lane (a green lane / bridleway if dry) or stay on the road up to Prospect Farm then take Skinners Lane down to the main A46  where we turn north using the narrow cycle path.

At the top of the rise and some 200 meters beyond the road side milestone, we cross and enter the Middle Rasen plantation (forestry commission) 1st gateway . Using the firm paths and the forest road we pass through the wooded area over Nova Scotia Bridge and on to the Walesby Road. The ride continues into Market Rasen on the Walesby Road, turning right at Waterloo Road toward Queen Street and the town centre.

Why not stop at Jossels for a cuppa before dispersing!


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Woodland Ride from Market Rasen 16 km / 10 miles

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 “Sunnyside” a farm shop and tea room for refreshment (optional).

Continue on the woodland track beside the tea room, passing the Walesby Road caravan site on the forest road and on into Canada Wood. After Nova Scotia Bridge turn west (first gate left) through the wood on track to the A46 main road. Cross the A46 and use the cycle path to ride back into Market Rasen.  On entering Rasen the group can return to Tesco or disperse as appropriate.

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10 Acres Cafe circuit via Claxby 19 km / 13 miles

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 ~ Ten Acres Cafe

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Summer ride from Middle Rasen to Claxby Leisure Park ( 30 or 25 km)

This ride needs an early summer start. Going from Middle Rasen cross to Osgodby Low Road on Sand Lane then west to Kirkby before turning north to N. Owersby and east on the Owersby Moor Road. At the A46 we turn north on a short section before cutting off to the right and taking the Pelham Road to the Leisure Park Cafe for our breakfast break. (open from 7.30 – 10.30 only)

The return takes us into Claxby and out on the Park Road to just south of Usselby. Again we have about 200 meters on the main road before we can use the A46  foot  / cycle path to Gipsy Lane and then cross through Canada Wood and Nova Scotia bridge, then into Market Rasen on the Walesby Road, before returning to Middle Rasen.

Alternatively, if we have road bikes in the group, avoid the woodland roads by riding back to Middle Rasen west on the Osgodby Top Road and south on Sand Lane. This gives a shorter ride of around 25 km.

Market Rasen to North Willingham ~ 9 miles

Setting off from Tesco Market Rasen  cycle out through The Ridings onto Legsby Road and continue east passing the Racecourse and Linwood Warren From just before Little London turn toward Sixhills.

As the road gets steep, after the site of St Marys Benedictine Priory on the left, turn left  and then drop down into North Willingham. The “A” road has a cycle path option all the way to the edge of  Market Rasen.

On this road you have 3 refreshment opportunities viz Willingham Fayre, a cafe and ice cream parlour which will reopen  in the spring of 2018, the  Chocolate Drop at Willingham Hall is open until 3.15pm  or, if you prefer, the picnic ground has a conveniences and refreshment area with outside seating on the edge of Willingham Woods.

Ride straight back to Market Rasen on cycle path.

For  options to extend the ride, see below.


Local Ride of 10miles or 13miles taking refreshments at Sunnyside.

Cycling from Tesco, via the Ridings onto Legsby Road, pass the racecourse and drop down to Little London where we take a left turn heading in the direction of Sixhills on the minor road.

Before Sixhills, at the site of St Marys Priory, there is a very short climb before turning sharp left. It is then a quick ride into North Willingham where we cross the A631 and use the cycle/footpath toward Market Rasen.

Option 1 ……… from the picnic ground, cross the forest on metalled roads to the Tealby Road. Again, turn left and stop at “Sunnyside”.

Option 2 ….. before the picnic ground turn right off the a631 cycle path on to  Sand Lane toward Tealby. Turn left off Sand Lane for Tealby Thorpe and cycle through the shallow ford to the far bank, then on to the Tealby Road. Turn left toward Market Rasen and stop at the Sunnyside tea room for your break.

Riding back due south from Sunnyside to the start at Tesco in Market Rasen is a 10 mile ride.

Option 3  ….. Extend your ride to 13 miles  by taking the green lane from Sunnyside and drop down to the Walesby Road, then cross onto the forest road adjacent to the caravan park. The forest road goes over Nova Scotia bridge and continues on to the level crossing at Gipsy Lane. However, around 300 meters after the Nova Scotia bridge, turn left into the wood at the log barrier and follow the track through the forest to the west and the A46 boundary. Cross the A46 and take the narrow cycle path directly back into the Market Rasen built up area and your start point.


A local ride of 10 miles south and clockwise from Tesco for 10 Acre Cafe

Meet at Tesco (Mk Rsn) to ride south through Linwood and cross to the Buslingthorpe Bridge on the  Lissington/Middle Rasen Road. At Middle Rasen we ride into the village before leaving on minor roads in the direction of Osgodby. Turning right on Osgodby Top Road at the Hill House (equestrian centre) we make a refreshment stop at the Ten Acre Cafe.
The route back is either riding the path beside the A46 into Rasen, or from the level crossing at Gipsy Lane use the forest road over Nova Scotia Bridge to the  Caravan Park where we turn right on Walesby Road to return to Market Rasen.

Longer Rides below

Wickenby Airfield Café and Aviation Museum ~ 18 miles or 29 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.

Alternative routes from Chris

A 20 miles ride to Wickenby Airfield Cafe of , with an option to join in Faldingworth, if you want a shorter 12 mile ride. 

The Route – Tesco to Linwood on cycle path, then cross to Lissingley Lane and take the Buslingthorpe road into Faldingworth. Meet with those who join on the corner of  Spridlington Road and continue on the road to turn left for Snarford. After the crossroads take the first to Swinethorpe, then to Snelland and Westlaby before the break at the Airfield Cafe.

Return through Wickenby and the Station Crossing to the old telephone exchange where those who joined later will take the (left) Friesthorpe Road back into Faldingworth. The others continue (right) toward the Lissingley . The ride back  then returns on the outbound route on Lissingley Lane via Linwood and to Tesco.

Middle Rasen or Kirkby to Hall Farm Park ~ 29 km  or 17km.

We start at 10am from Middle Rasen PO for a 29km ride or 10.25 am from Kirk House in Kirkby cum Osgodby for a shorter, 17 km, return ride. Starting from Middle Rasen, 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. At the Low Road turn left and through Osgodby, to meet up with others starting at 10.25 from Kirkby-cum-Osgodby.

The  route then goes west from Kirkby passing the moated manor house and the church at Kingerby. Continue until the “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 Middle Rasen, the principal start point.

Other 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 those starting from Kirkby

Of course, these are also add on route options when cycling from Market Rasen.
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Claxby  & Nettleton  Circuit. 

This is not a long ride (18 km),  but it has a mix of short steep and some long gentle climbs.  On occasions I shall walk, but the ride enjoys exceptional west views from elevated positions for a number of miles on the way back to Claxby.

Starting at the Church in Claxby we ride out on the Pelham Road to Holton le Moor and the Moortown Cross Roads. That’s where we turn right (east) and at Nettleton its a left and right as we cross the A46. In the village we climb passing the Church to stop at the Dunn Deal tea rooms.

There is a steep then steady climb out of Nettleton with views to the west along the Viking Way. At Normanby le Wold we drop down the steep hill into Claxby.

Middle Rasen to Spridlington and Normanby 14 miles

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 22 km

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Faldingworth, Wickenby, Snarford circuit, 11 miles (17.5 km)

Take picnic 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 <reverse> Lincoln return on The Water Rail Way – 18 miles

The Map  shows The Water Rail Way, a flat cycle ride of 9 miles on National Cycle Route 1 along the Withern between Lincoln and Bardney.

This is a return ride from Bardney to Lincoln (or reverse), commencing opposite the Bardney Heritage Centre LN3 5UF (or from Waterside South). The route runs along the banks of the River Withern on the Water Rail Way with a stop in Lincoln at Oak House Cafe   on Waterside South or the Heritage Centre, if starting from Lincoln. The return journey is cycling back along the same track to our starting point.

The Bardney Heritage Centre has its own cafe diner called “The Bardney Fryer”. This  is a modified railway carriage on Platform 1, where they prepare meals for centre visitors between 12noon and 2pm. Those keen to eat at lunch time should arive before they stop cooking. Please note, to avoid disappointment, Fish and Chip meals are best be pre-ordered.

Parking is available off Waterside South or on Station Road in Bardney. If parking at The Heritage Centre, please ask at the centre.

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Market Rasen to East Barkwith – 17 1/2 miles
This ride starts in or near Market Rasen is around 29 km but has some steep and other long slow climbs. It is possible to start and finish at Little London which makes a 20 km circuit.

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 a pub lunch at 12 noon.

Return on the faster and 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.

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Goltho and Wragby,  from Middle Rasen Post Office  26 miles …. or join the ride in Lissington for a ride of 17 miles.

Cycle south to Lissington and turn right to Wickenby. Continue on to Snelland , Reasby and Stainton by Langworth (16km). Cross the A158 and continue to Newball and circuit Hardy Gang Wood. At 2nd exit turn left for Apley (21km) and again for Goltho. Follow signs for Wragby to the B1202 and turn left (north) , to ride into Wragby.(26km)

Take refreshments at the Corn Dolly, the public house  or other cafe.

Leave Wragby on the A157 for 1km and turn left for West Torrington and bare left out of the village (31km). At the staggered junction (33km) at Bleasby Moor turn left for Lissington and right on the B1202. At the White Hart PH turn left and (35km) take the right turn for Middle Rasen (41km)

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Chapel St Leonard’s to Gibraltar Point
This is a 22 mile return ride from Chapel St Leonard’s on the coastal path to the café and visitor centre at Gibraltar Point.
If you want a shorter ride of 12 miles return, you are invited to break your ride in Skegness and pick the group up as they return from Gibraltar Point.

We meet in the public car park (with toilets) off Ancaster Ave, Chapel St Leonards, by the Beacon Medical Practice (PE24 5SL) at 10am. Journey time from Market Rasen is around an hour but allow for road works and ring if you are running late, please

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Hemswell Cliff to Kexby and Upton

This ride is about 16 miles. It takes us from the Hemswell Antique Centre to Kexby and Upton before returning to the start via Harpswell.

To take advantage of refreshments at Upton, meet at and set off from Hemswell Antique Centre  at 11ish. Take the north cycle path east and cross the A631 to the south path which leads onto the quieter Dog Kennel Road. Dropping down the steep Coachroad Hill into the village of Glentworth take either road at the junction to cycle west on minor rural roads into Kexby and then on the busy B road in Upton.

The Rose & Crown at Upton makes a good stop, but doesn’t open until noon, hence we are starting the ride at 11.00 am.

The route back takes us around Sturgate Airfield to Heapham and then roughly parallel to the out bound ride, we use the minor roads signed for Harpswell

The A 631 road from Harpswell offers a short but busy steep climb to the top of Hemswell Cliff where we continue on the same A road for a few hundred meters and the Antique Centre (our start point).


Brigg and North Lincs rides appear below


Barnetby-le-Wold to Deepdale Garden Centre, Barton-upon-Humber.

Group members taking this ride could travel to and from the start by train or car. The ride leaves the rail station at Barnetby, Kings Road (DN38 6DG) going on to Queens Street and national cycle route 1 to New Barnetby. Riders cross the A18 onto Race Lane in Melton Ross and then left onto Middlegate Lane. Continue north west to the B1206 and turn right onto Wootton Road, then north east to Burnham. The  ride goes north on Burnham Road and stops before Barton-on-Humber for a break and refreshments at our destination, the Deepdale Garden Centre. The return is via Burnham where the route south takes Race Lane to Melton Ross and on to New Barnetby and the start point in Barnetby-le-Wold.

This ride is about 31km (19 miles) and has an undulating route through the northern Lincolnshire Wolds.


Brigg to Hibaldstow via Cadney Bridge

If you plan to ride out and visit the Sky Dive Centre, choose a day with high pressure and a clear sky and enjoy the free fall spectacle both outside from the airfield and inside on the live cam display.

Assemble / park in the front car park of Brigg Leisure Centre or meet at the centre’s cafe, which opens at 10am.

Ride into Brigg using the cycle lane on the main road(A18). At Lidl round-a-bout cut left to river bank and cross the town centre to Elwes St. and south toward Cadney following the river.

If you prefer to avoid the more hazardous main road traffic, cycle on the footpath into the town centre, ensure you exercise care and give precedence to pedestrians at all points. The footpath leads onto Bridge Street crossing the Ancholme on the edge of the town centre. Continue on Elwes St. turning south toward Cadney and follow the river. Entering the Cadney bua, turn west onto Bridge Lane and cross river at the end of the lane. Go north on the west bank track leading onto Carr Lane and the B1206. Turn left (south) through Hibaldstow until the track on the left, signed “Hibaldstow Bridge”. About 300 meters down the track turn right for the airfield and Sky Dive Centre  (refreshments and comfort break).

The return ride is north through Hibaldstow forking left on B1207 to Scawby.   Shortly after the school turn right onto Church St.  and, on reaching the B1206 junction, turn left and right to use the lane skirting the left side of the power station.

This narrow track leads into Silverside Lane and back to the main A18 on the edge of Brigg. Turn right onto the cycle /footpath and then immediately into the leisure centre car park.

The  Brigg, Cadney, Hibaldstow circuit is around 22 km and a fairly easy ride.


Ancholme Crossing
Start at North Kelsey and ride north toward Brigg. At Howsham turn left for Cadney and the bridge xing the Ancholme. Follow the track north then west into Hibaldstow. Turn south through the village to the left turn for Hibaldstow Bridge and take the track.
Refs are available at the airfield Drop Zone Cafe)
Continue on the track to cross back over the Ancholme. The riverside track is bumpy for a few hundred meters but is then followed by a properly constructed road going back to North Kelsey

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Rutland Waters ~ TBA in the Spring of 2018 

Please liaise within others in the group re vehicles (+ cycle carriers) so, where possible, we pair up to travel the A46/A1. Journey time is about 1hr 20mins

Meet 11am, at arrowed public car park, Whitwell LE15 8BL. Car parking charges are £6/ day.

Cycles, tandems and power assist cycles are available for hire from shop adjacent to the car park.

Rutland Water’s outer circuit is about 17 mile with an option for our more keen riders to extend their ride where the land juts into the reservoir. The route offers a number of locations where cyclist can stop, refresh and use facilities. It is a fairly gentle and safe route with some undulations, mainly using the track shared by walkers.

Commence ride anticlockwise from the Crafty Fox Café at 11.30 am.

Family / U3A members may wish to accompany the cycle group to walk or enjoy the nearby water park or other attractions separately.

Plan to commence journey back by a specific time, say 4 pm – subject to amendment.