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Lincolnshire Cycle Routes: 10 of the Best

18 April 2023

A wise person once said, “Cyclists see considerably more of this beautiful world than any other class of citizens.” If you enjoy the thrill and excitement of a two-wheeled adventure, then Lincolnshire is the place for you. 

The city, market towns, quaint villages, stretches of uninterrupted coastline, and rolling countryside in our AONB, The Lincolnshire Wolds – with landscapes so varied, no two ride-outs will be the same. And, for the more competitive treadiron enthusiasts, there is one event that should not be missed – Rapha Lincoln Grand Prix

A world-famous race that sees riders pedal the very steep cobbled stretches of Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter, this year, both the men and women’s races will take place on Sunday 14 May.

Setting off from Castle Square, this race attracts hundreds of cyclists and unbeatable atmosphere.

Still, no matter what time of the year you fancy getting out on two wheels, we’ve rounded up ten of the best Lincolnshire cycle routes to help you discover the wonders of our county.

1) Castle to Coast

Every year, many cycling enthusiasts take part in the C2C2C charity ride around Lincolnshire. With both a 100-mile and 200km route, it covers Lincolnshire’s beautiful coastline, as well as several historic sites along the way.

Lincoln Castle

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2) Louth to Somersby (32 miles)

Keen to pedal around the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds? We don’t blame you! One of our favourite cycle routes is the stunning path between Louth and Somersby. The circular journey is roughly 32 miles and guarantees gorgeous views across the Wolds.

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3) The Water Rail Way (33 miles)

Not feeling a hilly climb? The Water Rail Way route may be just what you need. Inspired by Alfred Lord Tennyson, this mostly flat route includes plenty of wildlife, following the River Witham between Boston and Lincoln.

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4) Boston to Skegness (32 miles)

If you don’t mind cycling on roads, the Boston to Skegness cycle route is definitely worth your time and effort, especially if you’re a fan of the coast!

Lincolnshire Cycling

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5) Willingham Woods (less than 10 miles)

Willingham Woods offers a more family-friendly day of cycling, without sacrificing the views, trails, and wildlife of the other routes on this list. Feel the breeze in your hair as you whoosh past tall, majestic pine trees, listening out for the critters that scamper through the woodland.

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6) Historic Lincoln tour 

The Cathedral… The Castle… The countryside… Lincolnshire is steeped in history and immaculate architecture, and there’s no better way to explore it than on this incredible cycle route.

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7) Georgie Twigg Track

When a cycle route is named after an Olympic gold medalist, you know it’s going to be good! Dedicated to Lincoln-born Georgie Twigg MBE, this off-road track takes you from Lincoln to Doddington Hall.

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8) Fossdyke Canal (11 miles)

Regarded by some as Britain’s oldest canal, the Fossdyke was built by the Romans almost 2,000 years ago. Cyclists on this route can enjoy a well-earned pint and pub grub at the Pywipe Inn, Burton Waters.

Pyewipe Inn

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9) Lincoln Grand Prix Route

Follow the route of champions and professional cyclists by embarking on the very route of the 2015 British Cycling Road Championship. Fans of the countryside with a competitive nature will fall in love with this experience.

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10) Humber to the Wash (166 miles)

A cycling day is great, but a cycling week really is something else. Cycle England recommend a 5-day itinerary for this magnificent route across the Lincolnshire coast.

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Discover more routes

VisitLincoln has plenty of routes and paths to choose from, but if you’re ever in doubt, a great place to start is Google Maps.

Can I hire bikes in Lincolnshire?

Of course! Here are some of the best spots to rent a bicycle in and around Lincolnshire:

What else is there to do in Lincolnshire?

Plenty! Explore our guides to discover everything there is to enjoy about our amazing county: