Tim and Katie are both keen walkers and cyclists so happy to help with any questions relating to Walking and Cycling in Lincolnshire.
Walking Holidays at Rural Roosts
We have some fantastic farm walks right from your door, through woodlands and round the reservoir, taking in the wildlife and livestock on the farm as you go. If you like to venture a bit further we have some lovely routes, using the quiet roads and footpaths in the surrounding countryside. We have plenty of walking maps available in The Roost for you to gather as you plan your routes. There is also the Water Rail Way, which you can link onto at Bardney (just 4 miles from Rural Roosts), this is a mainly traffic free route between Lincoln and Boston, great for walking and cycling https://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/water-rail-way
The Viking Way, 147 mile long distance footpath, passes right through Stainfield, you could come and walk part of it (or all of it!) whilst staying at Rural Roosts. The route starts on the banks of the Humber in the north and winds through some of the best walking in Lincolnshire. It finishes at Rutland Water. This long distance walking route is so named as it traverses the area occupied by Norse invaders in the 9th century - naming the region Danelaw. Many remains from this period have been found in the area that the Viking Way passes through, and villages and towns today still bear its influence in their names ending with 'by', meaning village, and 'thorp', meaning hamlet. From the banks of the River Humber the route crosses the Lincolnshire Wolds - past Caistor and Horncastle - and into the Witham Valley, crossing flat fenland to Lincoln. The route follows a path into the Lincoln Cathedral grounds from the north, down Steep Hill and High Street, and out the city past South Common.
From Lincoln the route enters North Kesteven and takes field-paths and lanes past Greetham, Exton and Rutland Water. The route ends at Oakham where it links with the Macmillan Way and the Hereward Way. The route is available to download in sections, please see the map in the link https://www.visitlincoln.com/media/downloads/The_Viking_Way_Map.pdf
If you are looking for a few hills, you can head to the beautiful rolling Lincolnshire Wolds, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With stunning scenery, rolling hills and quaint, pretty villages, it’s a wonderful area to walk and cycle. There are also lots of lovely pubs and tea rooms to stop at on route and re-fuel!
Cycling Holidays at Rural Roosts
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 would like to hire bikes, just a 5 minute drive takes you to the Bardney Heritage Centre, where you can do so, the Heritage Centre links straight onto the Bardney – Lincoln cycle path. For more information / enquiries please click on the following link http://www.bardneyheritage.com/cycle-hire
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.