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Cycling holidays in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire is a wonderful and diverse county to explore by bike.  Each of the cycle routes has been crafted to allow the visitor to experience different aspects of our enticing county, steeped in culture and hidden gems. 

Choose our Lincolnshire Wolds route, and you will find yourself meandering through this stunning designated area of outstanding natural beauty.  A web of quiet country lanes takes you through historic market towns and villages, past abbeys, castle ruins, centuries old farms and some of the oldest churches in Britain. 

Try the Coastal route and some truly magnificent views await you.  From the quiet country lanes of North Lincolnshire, head east over high rolling lime cliffs and historic ways over the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, out to coastal vistas of rolling sand dunes and miles of golden sands.

A very different experience awaits you amongst the cobbles of the county city of Lincoln.  A small, charming yet vibrant city – each day’s journey out of the city will greet you with quintessentially Lincolnshire experiences.  Walk in the footsteps of a thousand years of history at Lincoln Castle, or perhaps join the Water Rail Way to the east of the city and explore the beautiful award winning village of Woodhall Spa and its connections with Lincolnshire aviation history.

From medieval castles and the magnificent Lincoln Cathedral, past stately homes and historic houses such as Burghley House and Normanby Hall, to the open fields and big skies of rural Lincolnshire – a cycle tour around this beautiful landscape will showcase some of the best countryside that England has to offer.

Inspiration from some of Lincolnshire’s finest places to explore

Highlights

The Heart of Lincolnshire - Lincoln

Visit Britain's Best Small City. Take time and discover beautiful, vibrant Lincoln, bursting with heritage, culture and creativity.

Take in the cobbled streets of Lincoln's unique Cathedral Quarter for an experience of culture, cuisine, and history you won't forget. Crowned by the awe inspiring Lincoln Cathedral and its near neighbour Lincoln Castle, Lincoln is home to an abundance of independent retailers, a tempting selection of places to eat, drink and stay.

Lincoln and Surrounding Area

Each daily route takes you on a journey from Lincoln through the beating heart of Lincolnshire. From the historic Brayford waterfront travel west to the picturesque village of Doddington and its fine late Elizabethan Mansion Hall. Travel east and traverse tow paths to reach gems such as Tattershall Castle and the charming village of Woodhall Spa. From world class memorial sites such as International Bomber Command Centre recognising Lincolnshire’s proud aviation history, to the beautiful lime stone cliff villages of the Viking Way – the Heart of Lincolnshire route is one not to be missed.

The Lincolnshire Wolds

Love the great outdoors? You'll love the Lincolnshire Wolds.

For over forty years it has been an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, rolling countryside that challenges misconceptions of Lincolnshire being flat. Hidden valleys, sleepy stone villages and historic market towns... welcome to the Wolds. Exploring the Lincolnshire Wolds and our market towns is a breeze by bike as you take in the quiet country lanes and breath-taking scenery of some of the highest points in the county.

One of the joys of exploring the Lincolnshire Wolds is exploring our historic market towns. There’s Louth, the ‘finest little market town in Britain’, Horncastle famed for its antiques shops and historic Alford with its five-sailed windmill. Our Wolds route will also take you out to the edge of Donna Nook national nature reserve – famed for its population of grey seals.

The Lincolnshire Coast

Lincolnshire’s diverse coast takes you from the Humber in North Lincolnshire, down to The Wash in the south of the county; and our Coastal ride will take you along the highlights of this stunning land and seascape.

From the very edge of the county you’ll join Lincolnshire at the Humber Bridge and head inland first to enjoy sights such as historical Normanby Hall and Thornton Abbey, before tracing the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds and heading back out to the stunning North East Lincolnshire coast.

Discover a different coast where sloping sand dunes embrace mile upon mile of golden sands, a place where nature thrives.

A Site of Special Scientific Interest it offers one of the best places in Britain to see breeding grey seals. While each year around a million birds from across the globe migrate along its sandy shoreline.

Enjoy the quiet coastal and fen roads as you wind your way down to Boston, the port town set in the heart of Lincolnshire’ dramatic fenlands.

Hull Ferry Port

Access Lincolnshire easily by coming via ferry to Hull with P&O Ferries. You can catch an overnight service with P&O Ferries from Zeebrugee or Rotterdam directly to Hull.

About Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire

  • Lincolnshire has over 50 miles of coastlinestretching from The Humber in the north to The Wash in the south, and The Humber Bridge spanning the Humber river between Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, measures an incredible 7,280 feet.
  • Lincoln is an ideal destination for a city break: offering an experience rich in history combined with independent boutique shopping, great arts and culture and a wealth of places to eat and drink.
  • The main shopping and tourist area stretches from St Marks Shopping centre in the south up to the Cathedral Quarter - known locally as 'Uphill'. Steep Hill, voted Britain's Great Street, connects 'downhill' and 'uphill' Lincoln. Yes, it is steep as its name suggests, but well worth the walk! 

Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral is one of Europe’s finest Gothic buildings, once the tallest in the world, with stunning views from the roof and tower and intricate design inside. William the Conqueror commissioned the building of Lincoln Cathedral and in 1092 it was consecrated, becoming the head of the largest diocese in England - extending from the Humber to the Thames

Lincoln Castle

Built by William the Conqueror in 1068 on a site occupied since Roman times, Lincoln Castle has dominated the Lincoln skyline for almost one thousand years.

Lincoln Castle hosts an exciting events programme through the year and offers free guided tours that provide a fascinating insight into the history of Lincoln and its Castle. Join one of the experienced tour guides to discover more about the history of Lincoln Castle and its role in the city through its history.

The Castle is home to the Lincoln's own Magna Carta, one of only four original copies dating back to 1215, as well as the 1217 Charter of the Forest. Lincoln Castle is the only place where you can see the two documents together in the world, a unique opportunity to see the documents that shaped society as we know it today.

Aviation History

Lincolnshire is well known for its aviation heritage and many operational RAF stations.  RAF Scampton is home to the world-famous RAF Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, which has been displaying since 1965.  The team, famous for its trademark combinations of close formations and precision flying, is made up of 120 people including pilots, engineers and essential support staff.

Food Facts

  • In 2011 Lincolnshire was voted the country's food capital.
  • Lincolnshire is the UK’s largest producer of potatoes, wheat, cereal and poultry, and is the second largest producer of sugar beet.
  • The Lincolnshire Sausage Festivalis held every year in October. 
  • Grimsby Smoked Fishachieved protected status in 2009

Famous & From Lincolnshire

  • English mathematician and physicist Sir Isaac Newton was born in a manor house at Woolsthorpe, near Grantham, in 1642, where he made many of his most important discoveries about light and gravity during the plague years of 1666-7. Visitors to the National Trust property can still see the famous apple tree that inspired his thoughts on gravity from one of the bedroom windows.
  • Many of the Pilgrim Fathers who founded America, set sail from Boston in the 17th Century
  • RAF officer and engineer Frank Whittle invented jet travel in the heavily-guarded secrecy of RAF Cranwell, at Sleaford. On May 15, 1941 the first British jet-powered plane took off from the base on a historic 17-minute flight
  • The first Briton to perform a space walk, Michael Foale, was born in Lincolnshire
  • Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892) was born and grew up in Lincolnshire. He was the most famous poet of Victorian Britain and was Poet Laureate between 1850 and 1892.