Legbourne to Authorpe and Back

  • Distance 13.09 Miles
  • Elevation 110.49FT
  • Duration 1.75 Hours

Passing through a series of lovely Lincolnshire villages, this route starts with a good climb on the edge of the Wolds and finishes with level cycling on the middle marsh.

  • Overall distance: 13.5 miles
  • Terrain: Mainly country roads, some busy roads
  • Highest point: 62 metres above sea level
  • Lowest point: 12 metres above sea level
  • Journey time @ 8mph: 1 ¾ hours plus breaks

Looking after the Wolds - The Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service works in partnership with the Lincolnshire Wolds Joint Advisory Committee and other groups and individuals to help protect, enhance and raise awareness of this nationally protected landscape. For more information about the Wolds, please visit the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB website.

Step by step instructions
  1. Let's set off!
  2. 1

    Stage 1: Legbourne to Muckton (3.6 miles and approx. 30 minutes)

    Start from the car park and picnic site on Louth Road, Legbourne (TF 360 847) and turn left on to the A157, towards Louth.

    1. Turn left at the first bend and continue toward Little Cawthorpe.
    2. Follow the road around a right hand bend and cycle up the hill.
    3. Keep on this road, ignore junctions and cycle uphill out of the village.
    4. Climb uphill to Muckton Bottom, then follow the road to Muckton to take a rest at the churchyard.
  3. 2

    Stage 2: Muckton to Authorpe (2.2 miles and approx. 15 minutes)

    1. Continue out of Muckton village and along to Authorpe Grange – look at the surrounding woodland.
    2. Keep on the road until the crossroads at Authorpe Grange, then turn left to Authorpe.
    3. Cruise downhill, with fine views over the Middle Marsh and to the coast.
    4. Continue round the bends, over the disused railway line and into Authorpe village.
  4. 3

    Stage 3: Authorpe to Great Carlton (3.7 miles and approx. 30 minutes)

    1. Continue along through Authorpe.
    2. Turn left at the junction, signposted Castle Carlton and Louth.
    3. Continue along and round the bend, onto Rats Pen Lane.
    4. At the main road junction, cross the road and continue towards Castle Carlton.
    5. Continue straight on into Great Carlton to the junction at the end of this lane.
    6. Look out for the left turn to Little Carlton.
  5. 4

    Stage 4: Great Carlton to Riverhead (4 miles and approx. 30 minutes)

    1. Take the left turn to Little Carlton.
    2. Continue through this pretty village and past the disused watermill.
    3. Take a left turn at the junction, signposted Legbourne.
    4. Continue on this lane to eventually meet a junction with the busy main road.
    5. Turn right at this junction and cycle all the way through Legbourne.
    6. Past the village look out for the car park on your left at the end of the route.
  6. You made it! Well done.