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Historic Lincoln & Surrounding Area

Lincoln & Surrounding Areas

Lincolnshire is a wonderfully diverse county to explore by bike and this route will allow you to experience many different aspects of it, treating you to some of the best sights and experiences it has to offer. Based predominantly in Lincoln, you’ll be able to explore this ancient city in all its glory whilst also venturing further afield to take in the contrasting and captivating countryside that surrounds it.

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see the area

Watch this video to get an insight into what you will see along the way.


Lincoln Castle

This fortress, built by William the Conqueror, has dominated Lincoln’s skyline since 1068 and is home to one of only four surviving copies of Magna Carta. It also houses a Victorian prison which provides a unique insight into crime and punishment of the past.

Lincoln Cathedral
Regarded as one of Europe’s finest Gothic buildings, Lincoln Cathedral is not to be missed. It was once the tallest cathedral in the world and still offers stunning views from its roof and tower, as well as intricate architecture inside its walls.

Doddington Hall
This fine, late Elizabethan mansion was designed by Robert Smythson, one of England’s leading architects, and completed in 1600. It has been privately owned by the same family ever since and is surrounded by majestic gardens.

International Bomber Command Centre
Home of the UK’s tallest war memorial in the form of a 31-metre spire, this visitor centre honours the service and sacrifice of all those who lost their life while serving with Bomber Command during World War II.

Tattershall Castle
Standing six stories tall, this 15th century fort features some of the earliest and finest surviving examples of medieval brickwork in England. The castle’s highlights include a vast winding staircase, gothic fireplaces and brilliantly preserved battlements.

Whisby Nature Park
Whisby Nature Park is an amazing place to discover; full of wildlife, walks and trails. The park was once lifeless and barren after being created by quarrying but nature has reclaimed the pits and sand and created a rich habitat for a wide variety of flora and fauna.

historic Lincoln and surrounding area

holiday package

Historic Lincoln and the Surrounding Area
36km - 61km
Ebike hire only
6 nights 7 days
Accommodation: Hotel

Historic Lincoln and Surrounding Area

Route Information

Distance: 248km 

Total climbing: 776m

Terrain: Quiet Roads

Starting point: Lincoln

Finish point: Lincoln

Difficulty Rating: **  (click here for more details)

Historic Lincoln and Surrounding Area

ride one

Starting in the historic Cathedral Quarter and Bailgate area of Lincoln, you will pass the stunning Cathedral cycling to the River Witham and the canal path which forms the Water Rail Way route out of the city.

Cycle this leafy, flat wide tow path route, with lovely views across the waterway and you will reach the villages of Bardney and latterly Tattershall. Pass the historic Tattershall Castle as you make your way to the award-winning village of Woodhall Spa. You’ll then join the Spa Trail to Horncastle, before being pedalling back into Lincoln and on to the International Bomber Command Memorial Centre.

Historic Lincoln & Surrounding Area

ride two

On Historic Lincoln & Surrounding Area's second ride follow the River Witham to Doddington and continue on a picturesque loop taking in ancient woodlands and the Whisby Nature Reserve before arriving back in Doddington with time to explore the splendid Doddington Hall.

Historic Lincoln & Surrounding Area

ride three

For the third ride you'll follow the ancient Fossdyke Navigation through flat, rural landscapes rich with wildlife to Torksey Lock before pressing onwards through Saxilby and Skellingthorpe, back into Lincoln.

Historic Lincoln & Surrounding Area

ride four

On the fourth ride you’ll head north on the National Cycle Route through a procession of sleepy villages to the bustling market town of Market Rasen. On your return to Lincoln you might even catch a glimpse of the RAF Red Arrows flying overhead before arriving back in the city.

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