|Distance||25 miles (40.2km)|
|Ascent||493ft (150m) approximately|
|Start / Finish||Ropery Road, Gainsborough|
|Parking||Whitton’s Garden car park on Ropery Road|
|Refreshments||Gainsborough has a variety of places refreshments may be obtained. Saxilby has two pubs and a café. The Ingram Arms in Laughton serves food as does The Three Horseshoes at Scotten. At Blyton there is the Ice Cream Parlour and Café.|
This is a simple route from Gainsborough that mainly follows quiet country lanes with one or two stretches on more busier “A” roads. It is undemanding with very little climbing, but passes through some lovely villages that are not often visited.
The ride passes through Owlet Woods which is a mixture of semi-ancient woodland, wood pasture and wet woodland that is home to a wide variety of birds, butterflies and invertebrates. In the delightful village of Springthorpe, benches on the village green make a nice resting place to catch your breath. A little further on is Hewitt’s Windmill at Heapham. Built in the mid 19th century it was fully working mill until just after the second world war when it was hit by lightening twice. It was abandoned, but restored in 1996 by the great grandson of the original owner. The windmill can be viewed most days by appointment.
- From the car park ride North along Ropery Road towards Morton.
- At the end of Ropery Road turn left and follow the road around the corner.
- Turn right down Laughton Road, signposted Laughton. Follow this road for 5.5 miles (8.85km) passing Owlets Wood and the edge of Laughton Forest.
- Weave your way through the village of Laughton and at the junction turn left. If you wish to visit the Ingram Arms turn right.
- Join the A159 for a very short distance and turn right, signposted Scotton and Kirton Lindsey.
- Keep on this road all the way to Scotton.
- At the next junction, in Scotton, turn right again and keep on this road until you reach the B1205.
- Continue on the B1205 for nearly 3 miles (4.8km). To go to the ice cream parlour, continue to the junction and turn left. The parlour is around a quarter of a mile further on. If you choose not to go there turn left near the bottom of the descent into Blyton, signposted Pilham.
- Ride through Pilham and continue towards Corringham. Ignore the turning to Aisby but take the next turning on the left and this will take you into Corringham village. It will save riding on the main road through the village.
- Take the first turning on the right and ride to the A631.
- At the A631 turn left and then take the first right to Springthorpe. Take care as the A631 is a busy road.
- Keep on this road for just under 2 miles (3.2km) and at the junction turn right.
- Follow this road for just over 3 miles 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 (1.8km), 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 – Blyton