The Petwood Hotel is the proud sponsor of this 55-mile cycling and walking trail, just one of eight on offer around the city of Lincoln and surrounding countryside commemorating 100 years of the RAF and the close association that Lincoln and Lincolnshire has with aviation. It’s part of Visit Lincoln’s 100 Voices initiative, which tells the story of the RAF through the people who have experienced it, both men and women, in military and civilian roles. The 100 Voices are presented on “Wings” placed in a hundred Lincoln and Lincolnshire locations that have an association with the RAF.
This circular trail starts in Lincoln and brings you via the Water Rail Way to the Woodhall Spa wing near the war memorial, only a short ride or walk to The Petwood, where you can experience the famous “Dambusters” 617 Squadron Officers’ Mess.
Next stops are Coningsby, home to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the RAF Metheringham Heritage Centre and the Cemetery at Scopwick. Your route back to Lincoln is over “The Heath”, home to many airfields during World War II, passing through Bracebridge Heath where you can make a detour to visit the International Bomber Command Centre. On you way you can discover 13 Voices including the story of John Magee, the young Canadian author of the famous poem “High Flight”.