The best Lincolnshire cycling routes for summer 2024

If you’re looking for a family day out over the summer holidays with a bit of exercise included, then a trip on one of Lincolnshire’s stunning cycling routes might be the perfect option. The versatility of our great county means that there are plenty of stunning, and challenging, routes for beginners and experts alike.

With the more consistent warm weather now here to stay, and the school holidays only weeks away, there’s no better time to get that bike out of the garage and go for a ride. With routes ranging from three miles in length, up to around 40 miles, there’s something for everyone.

Here at Lincolnshire Live, we’ve put together a list of our favourite cycling routes around the county. Below you can find the full list of all of our top picks.

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Lincoln to Boston – Water Rail Way – 33 miles

For those wanting to put their endurance to the test and really go for it, the Lincoln to Boston Water Rail Way might be perfect. A purpose-built trail, the route follows the River Witham and is fairly flat throughout – and if you don’t want to go the whole way, the route has stops in Washingborough and Bardney.

Start at: Waterside South, Lincoln or Irby Street, Boston.

Lincoln to Harby – 6.6 miles

Starting at Lincoln’s Brayford Waterfront and ending in the Nottinghamshire village of Harby, this is an easy and picturesque route that avoids traffic completely. This trail is part of the route that eventually leads to Newark and then Melton Mowbray and Market Harborough, if you want to go that far.

Start at: Brayford Waterfront, Lincoln or Station Road, Harby.

Lincolnshire Wolds Cycle Route – Various routes

For the cyclists who mean business, the Lincolnshire Wolds has four routes on offer:

Louth to Saltfleetby and back – 25 miles

Louth to Somersby and back – 32 miles

Louth to Red Hill and back – 25 miles

Little Cawthorpe to Alford and back – 28 miles

You’ve got a lot of options if you live in or around Louth, and you’ll be spoiled with beautiful views of the Lincolnshire Wolds. You can stop at the popular Hubbard’s Hills on the Louth to Red Hill route and the Louth to Somersby route has amazing views of the Lincolnshire coast on clear days.

Hubbards Hills
Hubbards Hills

To see where to start with these routes, see Cycle England.

Boston to Skegness – 32 miles

Though you won’t find the usual Skegness scene at the end of this route, you will eventually reach the Lincolnshire coast. It’s definitely a challenge and much of it is on roads (though mostly quiet ones).

Start at: South Street, Boston or Roman Bank, Skegness.

Bourne Wood – 3 miles

A family-friendly option, Bourne Wood is a great place for casual cycling. It’s tranquil and picturesque, with plenty of track to cycle on without getting too lost.

The eastern part of the forest is particularly good for cycling.

Start at: Bourne Wood, Bourne.

Bourne Woods is a popular spot with walkers and cyclists alike
Bourne Woods is a popular spot with walkers and cyclists alike

Grantham to Bottesford – 11 miles

Following a national Cycle Route, as well as some quiet roads, this trail is a good option for intermediate cyclists and follows Grantham canal.

Welham Street, Grantham or Station Road, Bottesford.

Lincoln to Market Rasen – 21 miles

Another trail that follows a National Cycle Route, this one cuts through the Lincolnshire countryside and passes Riseholme. And once you’ve reached Market Rasen, you’re just a short distance from the Lincolnshire Wolds, if you want to make the most of your journey.

Start at: Bailgate, Lincoln or Oxford Street, Market Rasen.

Willingham Woods – 3 miles

Another family-friendly favourite, Willingham Woods is known for its natural beauty with ponds and wildlife. The stone paths can be used for cycling a route of around three miles, which is ideal for a casual family day out.

Start at: Willingham Woods, near Market Rasen.

Boston to Wisbech – 39 miles

This long-distance trail spans two counties on a National Cycle Route. Despite the long distance, it’s not as challenging as it might be, owing to the brilliantly flat terrain in south Lincolnshire – But at nearly 40 miles, it’s probably one to avoid if you’ve got the kids with you.

Start at: South Street, Boston or Chapel Road, Wisbech

Lincoln to Newark – 24 miles

Going via off-road tracks to Skellingthorpe wood, this trail also sends you on a tour of the Fossdyke canal. It also has some quiet country roads which follow the River Trent – It can be done in an afternoon, if you’re up for the challenge.

Start at: High Street, Lincoln or Northgate, Newark.


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