A gentle cycle ride around the villages to the east of Louth – an ideal way to re-introduce yourself to cycling.
Overall distance: 11.5 miles
Shorter route: 7 miles
Terrain: All on country roads
Highest point: 20 metres above sea level
Lowest point: 4 metres above sea level
Journey time @ 8mph: 1 ½ hours plus breaks
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Step by step instructions
Let's set off!
Stage 1: Riverhead to Grimoldby (4 miles and approx. 30 minutes)
Start from Navigation Warehouse (TF 337 879) and head left onto Riverhead Road.
Turn left onto Eastfield Road and cycle out of town.
You’ll pass the site of Louth Abbey on your right.
Follow the road past Rushmoor Country Park to the next right hand bend.
If you want to do the shorter route of 7 miles, turn left at this bend, towards North Cockerington and follow School Lane to point 2, stage 3. To stay on the longer route, continue around this bend and through South Cockerington.
Continue on towards Grimoldby, and take the first left onto Northgate Lane.
Stage 2: Grimoldby to North Cockerington (3.5 miles and approx.. 30 minutes)
Continue on Northgate Lane and onto Pick Hill Lane.
Continue on the lane and round a tight left hand bend, you’ll pass over one of the marsh drains that prevent this low lying area from flooding.
Turn left at the junction and then immediately right and continue to the next bend.
Continue round the bend and then take an immediate right turn towards North Cockerington.
As you continue along this lane you’ll get a good view of Conisholme wind farm.
Follow lane to the left and stop at the junction with Chapel Lane.
Stage 3: North Cockerington to Alvingham (1 mile and approx.10 minutes)
At the junction, continue ahead on Chapel Lane and around the village.
Turn right at the next junction and follow the road to Alvingham – this is where the shorter route meets the main route (if you are joining from the shorter route turn left towards Alvingham).
Cycle over the River Lud and then on to Alvingham Lock.
Continue on to Alvingham and stop at the next bend with Church Lane on your right.
To visit Alvingham turn right and follow Church Lane, past the village stocks and down to the farmyard. Leave your bicycle in the two churches car park, walk past Alvingham Watermill, through the farmyard and to the churchyard. After your visit, return to the junction at point 4.
Stage 4: Alvingham to Riverhead (3 miles and approx. 25 minutes)
From Alvingham junction, follow the road, signposted Louth, as it runs parallel to Louth Canal.
Turn left at the junction signposted Louth Park, crossing Louth Canal at Ticklepenny Lock.
Turn right at the junction, following Eastfield Road back in to Louth.
Turn right on to Riverhead Road and to the Navigation warehouse, the end of the route.
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