|Distance||48.6 miles (78.2km)|
|Ascent||1180ft (360m) approximately|
|Start / Finish||Ropery Road, Gainsborough|
|Parking||Whitton’s Garden car park on Ropery Road|
|Refreshments||Gainsborough has a variety of places where refreshments may be obtained. There are pubs at East Stockwith, Susworth, Scotter, Scotton, Willoughton, Glentham, Normanby-by-Spital and Willingham-by -Stow. There is a café at Stow, Tillbridge Tasteries, and Glentham has a café just off route at The Willows Garden Centre, both are very pleasant.|
The ride from Gainsborough to Glentham is largely flat with only one major climb to get you over the cliff and a long drag as you return to it. The route follows mainly quiet country lanes but has a couple of brief encounters with major routes including a very short stretch on the A15.
The ride starts by following the River Trent northwards before turning east at Susworth. Passing through the villages of Scotter and Northorpe you will head towards the Lincoln Edge. Before climbing to the top you will ride through the small village of Grayingham and climb the Edge at Willoughton. After crossing the A15 the ride continues to follow quiet roads until you reach Glentham. After a brief ride along the A631 you will, once again, be meandering through villages heading towards Stow where you will find one of the oldest churches in England, Stow Minster. The route then heads back to Gainsborough along the B1211.
- From the car park turn left along Ropery Road towards Morton.
- At the end of Ropery Road turn left and follow the road around the corner. Stay on this road for the next 9 miles (14.5km) passing through Walkerith, East Stockwith, Wildworth and East Ferry. When you reach Susworth turn right, signposted Scotterthorpe and Scotter.
- Follow this road for the next 3.3 miles (5.3km) to Scotter. At the crossroads go straight on, signposted Scotton and Kirton Lindsey.
- In Scotton turn right at the church, signposted to Northorpe.
- Follow this road until you reach the B1205. Turn left to Grayingham, signposted Caistor, Kirton Lindsey.
- Stay on this road for 2.5 miles (4km) and then turn into Grayingham, signposted Willoughton and Hemswell.
- Stay on this road for just over 2 miles (3.2km) riding with the Lincoln Edge on your left hand side.
- A short distance after passing The Stirrup pub turn left up Hollowgate Hill. This is a typical Lincolnshire hill, short but punchy.
- At the top of the hill turn right and then take the first left, signposted Atterby and Waddingham.
- At the end of this road cross the A15 and head to Atterby.
- In Atterby turn right to Bishop Norton.
- Follow the road through Bishop Norton and at the Give Way sign carry straight on to Glentham.
- Follow this road until you reach the A631. Turn right. If you wish to visit The Willows café continue down the short hill and the entrance is on the right, if you are not stopping take the first turning on the left before the hill, down Caenby Road.
- Follow this road to Normanby-by-Spital, past the church and the Bottle and Glass pub.
- At the end of the road turn left and then follow the road to Spridlington.
- At Spridlington turn right at the church. Keep on this road for the next 2.5 miles (4km). You will be climbing most of the way, but inclines are not too daunting.
- At the A15 turn left and after 0.3 miles (0.5km) turn right. WARNING: Take care as this is a busy road and vehicles travel at speed along it.
- Continue climbing for the next 0.75 miles (1.2km) back to the Edge. At the top you will be rewarded with a fantastic view of the Trent Valley
- Ride down the hill, but at the bottom instead of following the road around the bend
go straight on. This will mean, in reality, you will be making a right hand turn against the traffic.
- At the crossroads continue straight on and continue on this road for 4 miles (6.4km) until you reach Stow.
- At Stow turn right onto the B1241 and keep on this road for around 3.5 miles (5.6km) until you reach Upton.
- Turn left towards Lea and Gainsborough. At the junction is a redundant telephone box where the local residents put on amazing displays.
- After 0.25 miles (0.4km)turn right signposted Gainsborough.
- At the end of the road turn left and keep on this road until you reach the edge of Gainsborough. As you reach the first industrial building turn left, signposted to Lea.
- Follow this road for a little over a mile, dropping down Foxby Hill to the A156.
- At the junction turn right and keep on this road. Go straight across at the roundabout and traffic lights and keep going until you reach your starting point.
This ride’s GPX file: Gainsborough – Glentham