Humber Bridge

Distance 37.9 miles (61km)
Grade Medium
Ascent 1418ft (432m) approximately
Time 175 minutes
Start / Finish Market Place, Caistor
Parking Parking is on the road side in Caistor or in the car park next to the Caistor Town Hall.
Refreshments Caistor has a number of places to get refreshments including the Art and Heritage Centre, The Rock and the Cosy Tearoom It has two pubs The Settlement and The White Hart, plus takeaway establishments. At Ulceby there is Te@6 Tearooms and The Fox Inn. There is The Nags Head at Wootton and at Deepdale the cycling friend garden centre with its fabulous cakes. At North Kelsey Moor there is The Queens Head. There are several places to get food in Barton-upon-Humber.

General overview

This is a ride from Caistor to visit the iconic  Humber Bridge. Along with visiting the bridge the ride passes through some lovely countryside and has commanding views over North Lincolnshire. There are some interesting climbs and one or two that will test you.  The ride climbs out of Caistor, but then heads down again towards Great Limber and this up and down is the theme of this ride. On route you pass the road that leads to Brocklesby Hall a Grade 1 listed building and the New Inn that is in the centre of the estate. You will go through Wootton which was partly owned by the half brother of William the Conqueror.

Signpost at Melton Ross

Further on the ride you will cycle through Melton Ross, who had a stormy relationship with a neighbouring village for over 200 years. After climbing out of Melton Ross you will descend into Bigby, who is one of four villages in Lincolnshire to be a Thankful Village, as no one in the from there lost their lives in the First World War. The climb through the wooded area at Somerby gets the blood pumping, but is delightful as well.

The Route

  1. From Market Place go pass the Post Office towards the High Street. From there turn right and climb up Caistor Hill, hoping the traffic lights are on green so you do not have to stop.
  1. At the top of the hill turn left along the A1173 and at the first junction turn left again, in reality you will be riding straight on. Keep on this road for the next 4 miles (6.4km) descending for nearly 3 miles (4.8km).
  1. At the crossroads with the A16 continue straight ahead towards Brocklesby.
  1. At the next junction turn left onto the B1211 and keep on this road for the next 3.5 miles (5.6km) until you reach the junction in Ulceby.
  1. Turn left again and join the A1077 and follow it as it turns right to Wootton.

    Wootton Pond
  1. At the junction opposite The Nags Head turn left, passing the village pond and continue to ride out of the village. Turn right at the next junction signposted to Barton and Barrow.
  1. Continue on this road into Barton-upon-Humber. Barton is a pretty little town full of twisty roads. If you miss a turn follow the signs to Humber Bridge Viewing Point
  1. At the crossroads at the bottom of the hill carry straight on.
  1. When you reach the mini roundabout take the second exit down Beck Hill. Take the first turning on the left next to the pond down Soutergate.
  1. At the end of the road turn right and then take the next left down Catherine Street
  1. When you reach Queen Street turn right and follow the road to the end to Butt Street. Turn left and follow the road to the railway station. Turn right down the B1218.
  1. At Far Ings Road turn left. This road will take you to the cycle track to the cross the Humber. A little further on is the entrance to The Old Tile Works with its café and artisan centre.

    The Humber Bridge from The Old Tile Works and Artisan Centre
  1. The route returns the way you came into Barton climbing the hill towards Deepdale.
  1. After climbing the hill take the first turning on the right to Deepdale.

    Sustran sign at Burnham
  1. You will keep on this road for the next 6.7 miles (10.7km) until you reach Melton Ross. The road dips and climbs along the way. Take care at Burnham where the road on the corners are often flooded, muddy or gravelly. Care must be taken on the descent into Melton Ross as it joins onto the busy A18.
  1. At Melton Ross turn right onto the A18 and then take the first left. Keep on this road for the next 2.5 miles (4km) until you reach the A1084 at Bigby. The reward for climbing the hill are the expansive views over North Lincolnshire.
  1. At the A1084 turn right and then left signposted Somerby village only. This route is far more pleasant to go along than climbing Bigby Hill on the main road even though you will get to the same place.

    Monument to 29 years of happy marriage at Somersby
  1. Along the way you will see on the left a column that was erected in 1770 to celebrate 29 years of happy marriage of Edward and Ann Weston of Somerby Hall. Another place to pause after the first part of the climb is at St Margaret’s Church which is set in a picturesque spot.
  1. At the top of the hill turn right along the A1084 and take the next turning to Searby. Descend down this fast hill and continue to Owmby where you will turn right.
  1. Keep on this road for the next 2 miles (3.2km) and then turn left towards Caistor.
  1. Continue on this road for the next 3 miles (4.8km) until you reach Caistor High Street again. Turn right to continue climbing and the take the right hand turning after the pedestrian crossing to take you back to the start.