Lincolnshire Cycle Routes
With miles of open countryside and a lengthy and attractive coastline, Lincolnshire has much to offer the cyclist. This section of England is also fairly flat offering up an abundance of attractive cycling options.
National Cycle Network route 1 runs through the county with one of the highlights the crossing from Lincolnshire into East Riding of Yorkshire via the Humber Bridge (pictured)
Please use the links below to view full route information including descriptions, elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.
You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Lincolnshire Cycle Map
There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
For more information on NCN routes in the county (including free cycle maps) please click here
For more information on cycle routes in Lincolnshire including tips, advice and free cycle maps please click here
|Boston to Lincoln||36 miles (58 km)||This route follows NCN route 1 and the |
Water Rail Waythrough Lincolnshire from Boston to Lincoln via Tattershall and Woodhall Spa.
Nearly all of the ride follows the River Witham with many sections on traffic free paths running right along the river making for an easy and very picturesque ride.
|Boston to Skegness||32 miles (52 km)||This ride takes you through the Lincolnshire countryside from Boston to the Lincolnshire coast. The route starts by the tourist information centre in Boston and begins with views of the Haven River. You then head through the countryside on country lanes to Wainfleet All Saints passing through Butterwick and Friskney as you go. The route continues on quiet roads through Burgh Le Marsh and onto Skegness.|
|Boston to Wainfleet All Saints||22 miles (36 km)||This ride takes you through the Lincolnshire countryside from Boston to Wainfleet All Saints. The route starts by the tourist information centre in Boston and begins with views of the Haven River. You then head through the countryside on country lanes to your destination passing through Butterwick and Friskney as you go. You finish near the train station at Wainfleet All Saints just after crossing the Wainfleet Haven River.|
|Bourne Woods Lincolnshire||3 miles (5 km)||Enjoy miles of woodland cycling and walking trails in this large forest in the market town of Bourne, Lincolnshire. A local cycle route runs through the eastern side of the woods to Hanthorpe while miles of footpaths take you through the ancient woodland with its mixture of conifers and broad-leaved trees. There's also some tranquil ponds which attract birds such as kingfishers and herons. Look out for sculptures by local artists as you make your way through the site.|
This circular route starts at the car park off West Road. The first section heads through the eastern part of the forest so is suitable for cyclists. The western section is better suited for walkers.
To continue your walking in the area you could head to Willow Tree Fen Nature Reserve. Here you will find a beautiful fenland setting with meres, flooded pastures, hay meadows and reedbeds. The Macmillan Way also runs just to the south of Bourne. You can pick it up and enjoy a waterside walk along the River Glen.
|Cleethorpes Country Park||1 miles (2 km)||This 160 acre park has a 7 acre lake with footpaths and a cycle path running through it. The park is located near to Cleethorpes town centre and the sea front so you could continue your walk or ride along the coast.|
|Grantham to Bottesford||11 miles (17 km)||This route follows NCN route 15 along the Grantham Canal. You start by the tourist information centre in Grantham and soon join the towpath of the canal which takes you as far as Muston. From here you follow quiet roads to the finish point at Bottesford rail station.|
|Grantham to Newark-On-Trent||25 miles (40 km)||This route follows NCN routes 15 and 64 through Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. You start by the tourist information centre in Grantham and soon join the towpath of the Grantham Canal which takes you as far as Muston. From here you follow quiet roads to Bottesford. The route continues through the countryside on country lanes, joining NCN route 64 just after Orston. A couple of miles later at Cotham you begin a short stretch on a dismantled railway line, which takes you all the way to the finish point at Newark-On-Trent rail.|
|Harby to Lincoln||6 miles (10 km)||This short off road route follows NCN route 64 from Harby to Lincoln. The route follows off road tracks and the Fossdyke Canal making it ideal for families. Please click here for more information on this route.|
|Leicester to Stamford||39 miles (62 km)||Follow NCN route 63 from Leicestershire into Lincolnshire. The route starts by the tourist information centre in Leicester heading out of town through Victoria park and on to Evington. You then continue east towards Oakham on country roads, where you will pass Rutland Water Nature Reserve on a lovely off road section before more country lanes take you onto Stamford.|
|Lincoln to Market Rasen||21 miles (33 km)||This short flat route follows NCN route 1 through the Lincolnshire countryside from the county town of Lincoln to Market Rasen. |
The route follows various quiet country lanes with some short off road sections making for a pleasant afternoon's cycling. There's some particularly lovely countryside near Riseholme as well as the impressive Riseholme Hall and Gardens to look out for.
This route is easily accessible starting in the centre of Lincoln and finishing near the train station in Market Rasen.
|Lincoln to Newark-On-Trent||24 miles (38 km)||Travel from Lincolnshire into Nottinghamshire on NCN route 64. The route starts near Lincoln tourist information centre and heads east to Skellingthorpe wood on off roads tracks, and a pleasant stretch along the Fossdyke canal. You then turn south towards Newark following a series of quiet country roads with a section along the River Trent taking you to the finish point at the train station.|
|Lindsey Trail||75 miles (121 km)||This new bridleway runs through the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB and is suitable for both walkers and cyclists with a hybrid or mountain bike.|
|Market Rasen to Grimsby||21 miles (34 km)||Follow NCN route 1 from Market Rasen to Grimsby on this pleasant route. You will start near the train station in Market Rasen first following the route into Willingham Forest and then onto Grimsby via a series of quiet country roads. There is also a pleasant off road section leading into Grimsby before finishing near the train station in the centre of town.|
|Market Rasen to Hessle||37 miles (60 km)||This route follows NCN route 1 from Market Rasen in Lincolnshire to Hessle in Yorkshire. The route crosses the border of these two counties via the Humber Bridge. Most of the route is on country lanes with pleasant off road stretches through Hendale Wood and Willingham Forest and splendid views of the Lincolnshire Wolds.|
|Melton Mowbray to Grantham||22 miles (36 km)||This route follows NCN routes 64 and 15 from Leicestershire into Lincolnshire. You start near the train station in Melton Mowbray and head out of the town along NCN route 64 passing Melton Country Park on the outskirts. Country roads take you through Scalford and Knipton before you join NCN route 15 on the Grantham Canal. The route then follows the towpath into Grantham where you finish near the tourist information centre.|
|Melton Mowbray to Newark-On-Trent||34 miles (55 km)||Follow NCN routes 64 and 15 from Leicestershire into Nottinghamshire. You start near the train station in Melton Mowbray and head north passing Melton Country Park and the village of Scalford. The route follows country roads passing Knipton Reservoir and Belvoir Lake on the way to Woolsthorpe where you join the Grantham Canal and NCN route 15, taking you to Bottesford. A series of country roads, followed by a pleasant off road stretch along a dismantled railway line then take you into Newark-On-Trent, finishing at the train station.|
|Peterborough to Spalding||31 miles (50 km)||This lovely flat route follows NCN routes 63 and 12 passing through Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. The route starts in Peterborough first following the River Nene out of the town centre to the lovely Ferry Meadows Country Park. Much of the route is off road with pleasant stretches along various waterways including the River Welland. The route finishes in Spalding near the train station.|
|Peterborough to Stamford||17 miles (27 km)||Follow NCN route 63 through Cambridgeshire and onto Lincolnshire. You start by the railway station in Peterborough and soon join a lovely off road section that runs along the River Nene and through Ferry Meadows Country Park. You then continue on road through Castor and Ailsworth before passing the lovely Castor Hanglands. The ride then progresses onto Stamford via Barnack, crossing the River Welland before finishing by the tourist information centre in Stamford.|
|Stamford to Oakham||14 miles (23 km)||This ride follows NCN route 63 from Lincolnshire into Rutland. You start in Stamford town centre heading west towards Exton on country roads. A lovely spell along the Rutland Water Nature Reserve takes you into the finish point in Oakham.|
|Twyford Wood||2 miles (4 km)||This wood near Grantham has miles of footpaths taking you to conifer woodland, grassland and the lovely Twyford Wood butterfly glades. Here you can look out for dingy and grizzled skipper butterflies.|
The site is a former second world war airfield with a control tower and wide open runways which are good for cycling. There is a small car park at the northern end of the forest where you can pick up the trails. The woods are very close to Colsterworth and Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, the birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton. Here you can visit the 17th-century limestone house of Woolsthorpe Manor which is owned by the National Trust. This is said to be the site where Newton, observing an apple fall from a tree, was inspired to formulate his law of universal gravitation. The village and manor are only about a mile from the woods. It's a nice place to go for refreshments and to learn about the history of the area after your walk.
The Viking Way passes through nearby Buckminster so this is a good option if you'd like to extend your walking in the area.
|Wisbech to Boston||39 miles (62 km)||Travel from Cambridgeshire to Lincolnshire along NCN route 1 on this very flat route. |
The route starts near the tourist information centre in Wisbech heading north through the countryside on a series of quiet roads before finishing in the centre of Boston. Highlights include the pretty village of Fosdyke in Lincolnshire which is situated on the River Welland(below)