|Distance||38.4 miles (61.8km)|
|Ascent||933ft (284m) approximately|
|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, Woodcocks and other cafés and restaurants at Burton Water. The Feedroom Café at Bransby Horse Sanctuary, Tillbridge Tastery and The Plough in Sturton-by-Stow. The Cross Keys Inn in Stow and the Half Moon at Willingham by Stow also provides meals (check their websites for opening times. Further on in the ride is The Windmill on top of the Lincoln Edge and The Dambuster Inn in Scampton for real ales and food.|
This is a circular cycling route from Welton taking in the picturesque villages of Burton and Scampton. You do head back on the same road for a short time, but this does not distract from a nice ride. The ride is largely flat with only one major ascent as it climbs back up the Lincoln Edge.
Burton village consists of chocolate box cottages and hedging. It is built running down the Lincoln Edge so during the decent, which is normally fast, most of the best features of the village whizz pass. On the right hand side of the road around halfway down is a Yew hedge that was planted in 1880 as part of the Burton Estate. On the bend opposite the Yew hedge is the wellhead that was install by the Monson Estate in 1867 and supplied the village water until a piped supply from Lincoln was installed in 1910.
The ride has a brief spell along the edge of the Fossdyke, a canal built by the Romans to link the River Trent with the River Witham in Lincoln. To get to the canal, it is necessary to cycle pass the concept village of Burton Waters where refreshments may be found.
Although the ride passes through a number of other small villages a special mention needs to be made of Scampton. This is reputed to be the haunt of the 617 squadron in the Second World War as they trained for their raids on the dams. The Dambuster Inn has memorabilia of the squadron’s time at RAF Scampton just above the village.
- From the village hall turn right to go through the centre of the village following Lincoln Road to the A46.
- At the A46 turn right and then take the first turning on the right. It may be better cross onto the shared pedestrian /cycle path just before the junction to save turning right from the A46.
- Ride along Horncastle Lane for 2.25 miles (3.6km) until the roundabout on the A15 is reached. This road is a nice, steady incline.
- Take the second exit on the roundabout and ride pass the Lincolnshire Showground. As the road starts to descend turn left onto the B1398 towards Lincoln.
- Follow this road for 2.5 miles (4km) until the traffic lights at the top of Burton Hill are reached.
- Turn right at the traffic lights and head down the hill through Burton village. WARNING: there is a sharp right hand bend at the bottom of the hill. Keep on this road until the A57 is reached, a distance of nearly 2 miles (3.2km).
- At the roundabout take the second exit and enter the concept village of Burton Waters. At the next roundabout take the second exit and go around a couple of bends. On the right hand side there is a gate that leads to a section of off road cycling.
- Follow the path along the banks of the Fossdyke towards Saxilby. The path is a compacted limestone track and I have cycled along it in winter on a road bike and it has been fine. Going along this path avoids riding along the A57, which carries a lot of heavy traffic, and is a lot more pleasant.
- When the A57 is reached again, cross straight over, turn right and follow the road around to the left. It is signed as a No Through Road, but at the end of the road there is a bridge that cross the River Till.
- When the A57 is joined again ride along the shared pedestrian / cyclist path for a few metres before turning off to Broxholme.
- Keep on this road for nearly 4 miles (6.4km), passing through Broxholme until you reach the A1500.
- Turn right onto the A1500 and then take the first left to signposted Thorpe le Fallows. The route can be shortened by a couple of miles (3km) by turning left and taking the first turning on the left to Bransby.
- Keep on the road to Thorpe le Fallows for 2.5 miles (4km). At the junction turn left. This will loop the ride back to the A1500 again.
- Turn left at the A1500 and then take the first turning on the right to Bransby.
- Continue on the this road, passing Bransby Horse Rescue and Welfare Centre, until a crossroads is reached.
- Turn right towards Sturton by Stow.
- When the junction in Sturton by Stow is reached turn left and then right to Stow.
- Keep on this road for nearly 3 miles passing through Stow and at Willingham by Stow turn right to Fillingham.
- Follow this quiet lane for 5 miles (8km) and at the top of the hill join the B1398.
- You will keep on this road for the next 5.5 miles (8.85km). For the first 2 miles (3.2km) enjoy the immense views from the top of the Lincoln Edge before swooping down the Edge again to pass through Cammeringham, Brattleby, Aisthorpe and Scampton. After Scampton there is a climb up towards the A1500 at a point that was passed earlier on in the ride. At the top of the hill on the left there is a viewpoint that gives tremendous views over the Trent Valley.
- At the junction on top of the hill turn left to head for the A15.
- The route is along the A15 towards Scunthorpe. This is a busy road and it is necessary to turn right to Welton and there is no filter lane to sit in. Therefore, I recommend that at the roundabout take the second exit and turn left to join the shared pedestrian / cyclist path until the junction to Welton is met.
- Turn right to Welton and follow the road back to the start of the ride.
The GPX file for this ride: Burton – Scampton