|Distance||21.7 miles (34.9km)|
|Grade||Easy with one steep climb|
|Ascent||583ft (178m) approximately|
|Start / Finish||Welton|
|Parking||Village Hall or some car parking in Welton village centre.|
|Refreshments||The Secret Garden Café and Black Bull in Welton and the Feedroom Café at Bransby Horse Sanctuary.|
This route from Welton to Bransby follows mainly quiet country lanes, but has a stretch along the A15; there is a shared pedestrian / cycle path to take you away from the traffic. Though the ride for the most part is fairly flat there is a steep drop as you ride down the Lincoln Edge and having come down you will have to climb up it again to return to the starting point. At the top of the Edge you have a commanding view of the Trent Valley where part of this ride takes place.
You will pass RAF Scampton where the famous Dambusters flew from in May 1943 and which is the present base for the Red Arrows display team. As you cycle you will cross the River Till as it meanders its way to join the Witham a mile or so further on. The ideal stopping place on this ride is at the Bransby Horses Rescue and Welfare Centre which was established in 1968 by Peter Hunt. The centre now cares for 400 equines and has a café to relax in.
- From the village hall turn right and head towards the centre of the village. At the Co-op turn right onto Cliff Road. This is a steady climb up towards the A15.
- Once you have reached the A15 turn left. There is an option to use a shared pedestrian / cycle path if you prefer to be away from the traffic.
- At the roundabout take the third exit to Scampton and Gainsborough. After a little over a mile turn left towards Lincoln; it might be worth stopping at the viewpoint on the right first to take in the views over the Trent Valley.
- Continue on the B1398 for half a mile then turn right to descend off the Lincoln Edge and ride through North Carlton. Keep on this road for 3.75 miles (6km) and then turn right at the T-junction onto Sturton Road.
- Follow this road for nearly two miles until you get to a crossroads and a sign for Bransby Horses Rescue and Welfare Centre. Turn right here and follow the road through the village to the Centre on your left. If you are stopping at the Centre, you can take your bike through the building and park it in the courtyard.
- From Bransby Horses turn left out of the car park and continue out of the village to the A1500 and turn left.
- Keep on the A1500 for around 150 metres and then turn right to Thorpe le Fallows.
- Keep on this road for nearly 3.5 miles (5.6km) until you reach Brattleby. Just before the junction there is the village church hidden behind the trees which has Commonwealth war graves in the grounds.
- At the junction turn left and then take the second turning on the right signposted to Hackthorn. There is a short flattish run before the road climbs steeply up the Edge again. Although the hill is fairly steep it is short lived and levels off fairly quickly.
- At the end of the road turn right and keep on this road as it runs beside RAF Scampton, home of the Red Arrows and the base The Dambusters set off from in 1943.
- The next junction is the A15. Cross straight over and ride through Hackthorn. For a pleasant detour turn off to the left and visit the church in Hackthorn. Although this a dead end and you will have to ride out the same way, this part of the village is very tranquil.
- At the crossroads turn right towards Welton turn right and keep on the road until you reach the roundabout. Take the second exit to go back to the start.
This route’s GPX file: Welton_-_Bransby_WS