Legbourne to Belleau and Back

  • Distance 15.20 Miles
  • Elevation 204.12FT
  • Duration 2 Hours

A strenuous ride on the south eastern edge of the Wolds, bordering attractive woodland near Burwell.

  • Overall distance: 16.2 miles
  • Terrain: Mainly country roads, short section on main road
  • Highest point: 62 metres above sea level
  • Lowest point: 10 metres above sea level
  • Journey time @ 8mph: 2 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 Authorpe Grange (4.8 miles and approx. 35 minutes)

    Start from the car park and picnic site on Louth Road, Legbourne (TF 360 847) and turn left onto 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 to the top of Muckton Bottom and then down to Muckton.
    5. Continue uphill out of Muckton and across the crossroads at Authorpe Grange.
  3. 2

    Stage 2: Authorpe Grange loop via Belleau (4.1 miles and approx. 30 minutes)

    1. Continue round the bends uphill to Meagram Top to enjoy the views to the coast.
    2. Take the left turn to Belleau and proceed downhill into this pretty village.
    3. Stop at St John the Baptist church and you’ll see the Tudor dovecote opposite.
    4. Continue downhill out of Belleau on the lowest part of the route.
    5. Turn left at the next junction, signposted Authorpe.
    6. Continue straight on as you join the road that climbs towards Authorpe Grange.
  4. 3

    Stage 3: Authorpe Grange to Muckton Bottom, via Burwell (4 miles and approx. 30 minutes)

    1. At Authorpe Grange, give way then continue across the crossroad.
    2. Continue to climb towards woodland at Catch Acre.
    3. Follow the road downhill passing a walled enclosure on the right.
    4. Take the right turn at Burwell fork and continue towards Muckton.
    5. Continue on then take the left turn to Muckton at the next junction.
    6. Continue through Muckton and then make the steep climb out of Muckton Bottom.
  5. 4

    Stage 4: Muckton Bottom to Legbourne (3.3 miles and approx. 25 minutes)

    1. Continue on, looking out for Fir Hill Nature Reserve on the left.
    2. Take the next right turn into Little Cawthorpe, cycling past the church and pond.
    3. Dismount to take the small bridge near ‘The Splash’, turn right and walk cycles on footpath to Legbourne, following the Long Eau.
    4. Remount at the end of the footpath and bear left on Mill Lane towards Legbourne Mill.
    5. Turn left onto the main road at the end of Mill Lane, cycle out of the village, look out for the car park on your left at the end of the route.
  6. You made it! Well done.