Edge of the Wolds
- 21.51 Miles
- 2 hours 45 mins approx
This ride from Market Rasen takes in several small villages and hamlets around the town including Middle Rasen, Walesby, Tealby, Little London, Legsby, Lissington and Linwood.
The climbs are easily manageable; being more inclines than hills and should be within most peoples’ capability. The route follows mainly quiet country lanes although it does have short stretches on some busier roads. There are several points where the route can be shortened if you have run out of time or energy or if the weather has changed for the worse.
There are a few points of interest on this ride. At the junction of Top Road and the A46 you will notice the remains of a building; this is the relics of a Second World War army camp. Recently the Forestry Commission cleared the trees close to the road revealing this building and footings of several other buildings to the camp. Deeper in the woods there use to be an isolation hospital made from wood, but this was burnt down after it was no longer in use to destroy any diseases.
In Walesby, All Saints Church or The Ramblers Church, perched high on the hill, was renovated in the 1930’s and in 1951 the Rambler’s Association donated a stain glass window depicting ramblers and cyclists. Although you can go and see the church the ride up is steep and rough and is more suited to mountain bikes than road bikes.
Along Catskins Lane, on the way to Tealby, another diversion can be made to visit the Risby Grange flock of Lincolnshire Longwool sheep. Again, this diversion is along a bridlepath that climbs a steep hill, peaking at 17% ascent. At the top there is a kissing gate that can be walked through and from here you can see a wooden shed that houses a small shop selling items relating to the Risby flock. It is unmanned, and payment is through an honesty box.
At Tealby there are several places to stop for refreshments, you could visit The Olde Barn, or slightly off the route, The King’s Head pub, the oldest thatched pub in Lincolnshire or further into the village there is The Vintage Tearooms, famous for its wonderful cakes.
Distance: 21.5 miles (34.6km)
Journey Time @ 8mph: 2 hours 45 minutes approx. plus breaks.
Parking: John Street Car Park (charges apply).
Toilets: John Street, Market Rasen.
For more information or to download the GPX file visit the Cycling West Lindsey Website.