Hubbards Hills to Red Hill and Back

  • Distance 11.59 Miles
  • Elevation 176.97FT
  • Duration 1.75 Hours

Lincolnshire Wolds Cycle Route No.4

This route, between two of the areas most renowned beauty spots, begins with a steady climb up the eastern rise of the Wolds, but ends with a rewarding downhill return with spectacular views.

  • Overall distance: 11.8 miles
  • Shorter route: 6.5 miles
  • Terrain: Mainly on country roads, 0.6 miles on level track (muddy at times)
  • Highest point: 150 metres above sea level
  • Lowest point: 35 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: Hubbard’s Hills to Poke’s Hole (1.5 miles and approx. 15 minutes)

    Start from the car park at the southern end of Hubbard’s Hills (TF 315 861), turn right from the car park, passing under Louth bypass bridge.

    1. Continue climbing away from Hubbard’s Hills towards Hallington.
    2. Ignore the right turn at Hallington fork.
    3. Continue downhill following road round tight left bend.
    4. Ignore the road to Raithby and bear right.
    5. Continue to Poke’s Hole, the bottom of a small dip with houses to your left.
  3. 2

    Stage 2: Poke’s Hole to Bluestone Heath Road (2.5 miles and approx. 20 minutes)

    1. Continue past Poke’s Hole and climb steadily towards the Withcall turning.
    2. At the turning to Withcall you have 2 options: For the shorter route, turn left and follow the road down to Home Farm and continue first left then right, over the old railway line and up the steep chalk track to rejoin the directions at point 2, stage 4. Alternatively, For the longer route ignore the Withcall turn and continue to climb towards Stenigot Mast.
    3. Give way as you meet the crossroads on the Bluestone heath Road.
  4. 3

    Stage 3: Red Hill excursion (3.3 miles and approx. 30 minutes)

    1. Cross directly over the Bluestone Heath Road and follow the road to Stenigot Mast.
    2. Turn left at the mast and follow a stone path which bears left onto a grass track.
    3. Follow the grass track until you meet again the Bluestone Heath Road.
    4. Turn right onto the road and then turn right at the next crossroads.
    5. Continue on to Red Hill Nature Reserve to explore the reserve on foot (no cycles allowed).
    6. Remount and retrace your route back to the Bluestone Heath Road.
  5. 4

    Stage 4: Bluestone Heath Road to Hubbard’s Hills (4.5 miles and approx. 35 minutes)

    1. Cross over the Bluestone Heath Road crossroads and continue to Raithby.
    2. You pass a bridleway entrance on your left – this is where the shorter route meets the main route (if you’re joining from the shorter route turn left towards Raithby).
    3. Continue along, enjoying fine views to Louth as you coast downhill towards Raithby.
    4. Turn left at the next junction towards Hallington and past the old Station House.
    5. At the next junction carry on across the road and bear right up a steep hill.
    6. Continue steadily downhill, under the bypass bridge, and to Hubbard’s Hills, the end of the route.
  6. You made it! Well done.