Earlscroft Farm holiday cottage is ideally situated for a cycling holiday or as part of the National Cycle Network. There are a number of established cycle routes that make exploring much of Lincolnshire by bicycle easy and safe.
Earlscroft Farm holiday cottage is ideally situated for a cycling holiday. There are a number of established cycle routes that make exploring much of Lincolnshire by bicycle easy and safe. Guests can bring their own bikes or can hire them from the Lincolnshire Bike 4 Life scheme. The scheme offers inclusive bike hire for children and adults including those with disabilities and is available at four venues across Lincolnshire with safe cycle routes nearby. The centres are located in Bourne, Lincoln, Bardney and Louth.
The Water Rail Way Cycle Route
Just a short ride away from the cottage The Water Rail Way, (voted one of the ‘Top 25 Family Cycle Routes’ by the Telegraph), follows the route of the former Lincoln to Boston Railway Line. It follows the River Witham from Boston to Lincoln, taking in many attractions along the way. The ride is flat, almost entirely traffic-free and features a sculpture trail commissioned by Sustrans which includes artworks inspired by the Lincolnshire poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson who was born in Somersby, East Lindsey.
The cycle route includes a Sustrans Greener Greenway – a corridor of undeveloped land, reserved for recreational use and environmental conservation, developed to benefit wildlife associated with fen and reed beds. Starting at Witham Road, Kirkstead Bridge the Greenway continues all the way to Waterside South, Lincoln.
Heading NW from Boston the cycle route passes to the west of Conningsby and Tattershall, continuing through Kirkstead with the ruins of the ancient Cistercian monastery of Kirkstead Abbey. A short detour takes in the picturesque village of Woodhall Spa. The route continues towards Bardney Limewoods National Nature Reserve and Bardney Heritage Centre which houses a museum, tea-room and is part of the Lincolnshire Bike 4 life project. The route then takes in Fiskerton Fen Nature Reserve, a tranquil site. From here the route continues towards Lincoln, passing the Ellis Windmill. Once in Lincoln itself there are numerous heritage sites and other attractions to visit including Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral.
For more information on the route and a printable map visit http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/media/library/1438.pdf.
Boston Loop Via Swineshead and Langrick Cycle Route
A flat route of appx. 37 miles which takes in mainly quiet country roads, however there is a need to ride on the A17 and A1121 for a few miles so extra caution should be taken in these areas.