Distance 35 miles (56.3km)
Grade Easy
Ascent 820ft (850m) approximately
Time 170 minutes
Start / Finish Welton Village Hall
Parking Welton Village Hall or car parking spaces in village centre
Refreshments The Black Bull pub and The Secret Garden Café in Welton, The Nags Head, The Black Horse and The Old Angel Inn in Bardney as well as the Open Door café and café in the Heritage Centre. The Carpenter’s Arms in Fiskerton and The Bottle and Glass at Scothern

General Overview

The ride is a flattish ride to Bardney from Welton, that follows mainly quiet country roads and has a stretch of traffic free riding as it heads along the Water Rail Way. There is a short stretch along the A15, but there is a cycle path should this be desired.

The River Witham with Lincoln Cathedral in the distance

The Lincolnshire Limewoods are areas dotted around Lincolnshire that promote the protection and enhancement of ancient and natural landscapes in the area. At Apley and Barlings the ride passes through these areas, but both are very different; Apley is an ancient woodland and Barlings at the site of Barlings Abbey is open farmland next the Barling Eau river. Both Barlings and Bardney Abbeys are a little off route. Barlings Abbey has one wall standing and the outline of the rest of the abbey can be seen. The abbey at Bardney was once a royal favourite, but little of the building can be seen. The saying “you must have been born in Bardney” for any one who leaves a door open comes from the abbey as the doors of the abbey were never closed after initially refusing the remains of St Oswald to be brought into the abbey.

The Route

  1. From the car park turn left towards Dunholme. At the roundabout take the second exit. Follow the road through to Dunholme.
  1. At the junction turn left and at the roundabout take the second exit and continue to the A46.
    WARNING: The route crosses the A46 to go to Scothern. This is a busy junction and care must be taken getting across.
  1. After crossing the A46 keep on this road for 2 miles (3.2km) riding all the way through Scothern until a left-hand turn is reached signposted Stainton by Langworth. Turn left.
  1. When you reach Stainton by Langworth turn right immediately after going over the railway bridge and then turn right again at the next junction.
  1. Ride up to the A158 and turn left and then almost immediately turn right.
    WARNING: Care and patience are needed to cross the road as this is one of the main roads to the coast from Lincoln.

    Entrance to Bardney Limewood National Nature Reserve
  1. Having safely cross the A158 continue on the road for 2.5 miles (4km) then turn left to Apley.
  2. Continue on this road for 2.3 miles (3.7km), passing the Bardney Limewoods National Nature Reserve. Take care as the road is subsiding in places and is a little uneven.
  1. At the B1202 turn right and after around 20 metres turn right again to Kingsthorpe. Stay on this road for just under 2 miles (3.2km).
  1. Go over two cattle grids and then turn left, signposted to Bardney. At the next junction turn left and keep on this road until you reach the B1202.
  1. Turn right and keep on this road to Bardney.
  1. In the centre of Bardney turn right towards Lincoln.

    Barley sculptures over the cycle track on the Water Rail Way
  1. At the traffic lights there is a gate on the right-hand side, snake your way around this to join the Water Rail Way for 4 miles of traffic free cycling.
  1. After 4 miles (6.4km) there is a bridge to cross over the River Witham, which you can walk your bikes over.
  1. After crossing the bridge ride to the end of the lane and turn left into Fiskerton.

    The bridge over the River Witham
  1. After half a mile turn right on the bend to take the road to Reepham.
    1. Keep on this road for 1.5 miles (2.4km) and at the sharp bend as you enter Reepham turn right to Barlings.
    2. Follow this road until you reach Langworth.
    1. Cross over the A158 again and head back to Scothern.
      WARNING: Care and patience is needed to cross this road.
    2. After riding through Scothern again, take the left-hand fork in the road and gently climb along Heath Road.
    3. At the A46 turn right, using the cycle track if preferred, and then immediately left down Horncastle Lane. Follow this road for 2.3 miles (3.7km) until the A15 is reached. Here depending on your confidence, you can either go around the roundabout and take the third exit or, probably the safest solution would be to, join the cycle path for the next half a mile and then turn right down Heath Lane to Welton.
  1. Follow this road for 2.5 miles (4km), as it undulates its way to Welton. At the junction carry straight on until you reach the village hall again on your left.

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