|Distance||30.5 miles (49km)|
|Ascent||725ft (221m) 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, The Bottle and Glass and the café at the garden centre in Scothern. In Nettleham there is The Black Horse, The Plough and The White Hart.|
This is a flattish ride that follows mainly quiet country roads with a couple of short stretches along the A15, but there is a cycle path should this be desired.
Really the highlight of this ride, other than the quiet roads, is the small church at Snarford. The outside of the building does nothing to prepare you for its interior, which would not be amiss in Lincoln Cathedral.
At Hackthorn, if you turn off toward the church, you will appear to be transported back into time as you arrive at stone cottages and a picturesque lake.
- From the village hall turn left and at the mini roundabout take the first exit to Hackthorn.
- Continue on this road past the golf course and when you arrive at a crossroads turn left to Hackthorn.
- Continue along this road, passing through Hackthorn until you reach the A15. While passing through Hackthorn it is worth turning off right towards the church. As you enter this part of the village it feels as if you have been transported back to the 19th century.
- At the A15, the first of three visits, go straight across at the crossroads and ride alongside RAF Scampton. If you are lucky the Red Arrows might be practising their display.
- If you wish to put a hill climb into the ride turn left after the right angled bend to turn towards Brattleby. Head down the Lincoln Edge and into the Trent Valley, joining the B1398. Turn right, follow the road and at the top of the hill do not follow the around the bend, but bear right, in reality you are going straight on. Here you will re-join the main ride. If you want a more gentle ride follow the road for 2.7 miles (4.3km) until you reach a crossroads where you will turn right towards the A15.
- WARNING: At the A15 turn left. There is a short stretch along this road, less than a quarter of a mile, but there is no cycle path here and you will need to turn right to Spridlington so care needs to be taken; there is a filter lane to move into.
- The road to Spridlington is an almost a 2 mile (3.2km) downhill run with a bit of a speed bump about halfway down.
- At the church in Spridlington turn right towards Faldingworth.
- Follow this road for 2.8 miles (4.5km) and take the right hand turning to Snarford.
- Continue on this road until you reach the A46. Remember to stop at St Lawrence’s Church in Snarford to marvel at the grandness of its interior.
- Go straight across the A46 and take the first right hand turn.
- Continue along this road through Swinthorpe, a village that is often missed off maps.
- At the junction turn right and then take the next right just before you reach the level crossing.
- Keep on this road for 2 miles (3.2km) and then turn right to Scothern. Follow the signs to Scothern.
- At St Luke’s Church in Scothern turn left to Nettleham. Continue along this road for 2.2 miles (3.4km) until you reach Nettleham.
- Ride through the village and at the junction next to the church turn right and follow the road up to the A46 where you turn right.
- There is a cycle track along side the A46 for the short distance you need to go along this road but take the branch off to the island in the road to cross over to go towards Riseholme.
- Follow the road around the bend to head to Grange-de-Lings and to the A15 for the last time.
- At the A15 turn right. There is a cycle path along side the A15 if you prefer this.
- At the roundabout take the third exit signposted to Dunholme.
- Follow Horncastle Lane for 2.5 miles (4km) until you reach the A46 again.
- Turn left and keep to the cycle path to avoid the filter lane to Welton.
- Follow the road back to Welton and to the start of the ride.
This ride’s GPX file: Welton – Snarford