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 one of these:-
To North Willingham ;Wickenby Airfield ; Kingerby and South Kelsey ; Ten Acres and Claxby ; Normanby-by-Spital ; a longer woodland circuit ; a local  shorter ride or another local ride with 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 or even ride out via Sixhills to East Barkwith..

Moving further afield, we occasionally drive to and cycle from Hemswell, Horncastle, Bardney and Brigg or take one of rides published on North Lincolnshire’s web site . Alternatively you may like to ride from Louth or over on the coast in East Lindsey and N.E. Lincs on try the Humber Bank and the 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


Market Rasen and North Willingham 10 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 oppertunities viz Willingham Fayre, a cafe and ice cream parlour which will reopen  in the spring of 2018, but 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.

Riders may the head straight back to Market Rasen on cycle path (9 miles) or extend the ride on metalled roads through the wood to the Tealby Road. Turn left and stop at the 4th refreshment option of “Sunnyside” a cafe/resturant and farm shop, before riding back due south to the start at Tesco in Market Rasen.

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

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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

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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 “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

As we enter Rasen the group can return to Tesco or disperse as appropriate.

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Market Rasen circular (9 or 10 km)

The ride is circular from the Market Place in Rasen. Ride to the cycle path along the A631  to the Post Office in Middle Rasen.

We take Low Church Road north in Middle Rasen and then ether take the Low Lane (bridleway / road if dry) or stay on the road to Prospect Farm and 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 through the forestry commission’s 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 Quenn Street and the town centre.   Stop at Jossels for elevenses and a cuppa before dispersing!

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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

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

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.

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Market Rasen to East Barkwith
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 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, Starting from Middle Rasen PO 41km

Cycle 6km South to Lissington and TR to Wickenby (9km) Continue on to Snelland , Reasby and Stainton by Langworth (16km) Cross the A158 and continue to Newball and then circuit Hardy Gang Wood, 2nd exit TL for Apley (21km) and TL for Goltho. Continue to the B1202 and TL , ride into Wragby.(26km)

Take refreshments at the  Corn Dolly or other.

Take the A157 for 1km and TL for West Torrington and bare L out of the village (31km) then at the staggered junction (33km)  TL for Lissington, TR on the B1202 and TL in Lissington and (35km) TR for Middle Rasen (41km)

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Local Ride with options

Cycling from Tesco, via the Ridings onto Legsby Road, pass the racecourse and drop gently 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 to the the tea rooms in the village.

After a break at the tea rooms or Willingham Woods picnic ground, ride directly back into Market Rasen on the cycle path beside the A631.

Extend the ride 1 ……From the 631 cycle path, peel off at Willingham Woods taking the woodland road from the picnic ground cross the forest to the Tealby Road. Ride back to Rasen on the Tealby Road or cross off road at “Sunnyside” to Walesby Road (at the caravan site).

The ride back into Rasen is either by the Tealby Road or, if you take the offroad path, on the Walesby Road.

Extend the ride 2…… 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.

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

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