Lincoln festival of Cycling

Lincoln_grand_prix_logo_150From The Lincoln Festival of Cycling:

This year’s festival is on the 15th May 2016 and includes Men’s and Women’s British Cycling Elite Series road races. With less than a week to go plans for the 61st Lincoln Grand Prix and the first ever Women’s Lincoln Grand Prix are being finalised as the pre-race excitement builds.

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Mayor of Lincoln to ride the Water Rail Way

I recently wrote about the delights of the Water Rail Way, the public foot / cycle path which passes through Kirsktead, near Woodhall Spa, connecting Boston and Lincoln, running mostly along the bed of the old railway line alongside the River Witham.

 

In a  few weeks time, the Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Brent Charlesworth will cycle the 33-mile journey along the Water Railway, from Boston Guildhall to Lincoln Guildhall, as the last fundraising exercise of his mayoral year.

The cost to join in the ride is £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, and there’s a goodie bag and a reception at Lincoln Guildhall with the civic party at the end of the ride. For more information or to book tickets, please email charlotte.powell@lincoln.gov.uk, or call 01522 873507.

Councillor Charlesworth will set out from Boston Guildhall at 11am on Sunday, May 3. You can start with him, or you can join the ride Continue reading

Take time out on the Water Rail Way

Picture courtesy Railway PathsSpring is on its way, and there are plenty of walks and cycle paths to enjoy without straying too far from Woodhall Spa. One of the most interesting is the Water Rail way, which is now open from Lincoln to Boston, mostly following the old railway line alongside the River Witham. The name is a neat play on words; the water rail is also the name of a bird described by the RSPB as “….a fairly common but highly secretive inhabitant of freshwater wetlands”. (So don’t bet on spotting one here……)

You can pick up the path at Kirkstead Bridge, under two miles from The Petwood Hotel along Witham Road (B1191) toward Lincoln, or via Green Lane (nicer but longer walk, 1.8 miles). You can either walk, ride or catch the Brylaine bus from the village centre, or park your car on the old Witham Road opposite the garage, just before the bridge, near the old Kirkstead rail junction (now a private house), where the railway used to divide to take folk to Woodhall Spa and Horncastle. Continue reading