Rural Roosts is an ideal location for cycling holidays, whether you’re an experienced cyclist, an occasional cyclist, or simply fancy trying a new hobby in beautiful surroundings.
As well as being a great way to explore the surrounding countryside at your own pace, there are also some great purpose built cycle routes in the area.
There’s the Water Railway, which follows the path of the old Lincoln to Boston railway line for 33 miles. This flat and almost traffic free route passes through some stunning countryside, ornamented with sculptures and artwork including benches where you can stop to rest and take in the view. You can turn off the tracks to visit villages like Woodhall Spa, where 617 squadron had its officer’s mess during the war, or if you’re feeling a bit more ambitious you can follow the route all the way to Boston.
If you head the other way out of Lincoln, you can follow the Foss Dyke, the country’s oldest canal, and stop for a quiet drink at a waterfront pub, or if you fancy going a bit further afield and don’t mind tackling hills you can set off to the beautiful Lincolnshire wolds where you’ll mostly be following quiet country roads.
Lincolnshire is also home to a number of cycling events. The Lincoln Grand Prix is a weekend festival of cycling taking place each May. The event features a series of sportives covering different distances on the Saturday, and the main event, the 102 mile race over 13 laps of an 8 mile circuit, on the Sunday. There are also other supporting events over the weekend, including one for young riders.
There’s Le Petit Grand Prix, known as a little sister event to the Lincoln Grand Prix, which takes place each September in the Lincolnshire Wolds. This event takes riders through beautiful countryside on some of the country’s quietest roads. It’s often attended by riders who want to test their fitness for the following year’s Grand Prix.
A newcomer this past year was the St Barnabas Grimsthorpe Challenge, which took riders through beautiful south Lincolnshire and into Rutland and Leicestershire. This event is penciled in to return next year
If you do bring your own bikes with you, each property has its own private shed where you can store them.
If you’d like to start planning your cycling holiday, Lincolnshire County Council has some free cycle route maps which you can download as PDFs here.