A gentle cycle ride exploring the villages to the south east of Horncastle – taking in the historic parkland of Scrivelsby – an ideal route to reintroduce you to cycling.
(D/A) Leave the car park and turn right onto Boston Road then left onto Mareham Road, opposite Stanhope Hall and cycle to Mareham on the Hill.
(1) Take the 1st right signposted Scrivelsby and continue along until you reach the junction with the B1183.
(2) Turn left at the junction to join the B1183. Cycle past the woodland on your left then turn left onto the gated road.
(3) Go through the gate, carefully closing it behind you. Cycle through the parkland, closing the gate behind you as you leave.
(4) Follow the road down to the ford – there is a footbridge on your right if you don't want to get wet! Continue along as the road bends left then right down to the crossroads.
(5) Turn left onto the B1183 and continue through Moorby, until you reach the sharp right hand bend.
(6) Continue straight ahead, signposted Miningsby (Gated Road). Please ensure you leave all gates as you find them – sometimes they are open, sometimes closed, depending on if livestock is grazing.
(7) At the next junction, turn left towards Hameringham Top.
(8) Turn left to Low Hameringham and continue along, back through Mareham on the Hill and into Horncastle, turning right onto South Street then left to the car park, your starting point.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 112ft - Horncastle Cattle Market Car Park
1 : mi 1.85 - alt. 249ft - High Lane
2 : mi 3.14 - alt. 144ft - Boston Road
3 : mi 3.6 - alt. 121ft - Gate
4 : mi 4.22 - alt. 144ft - Fords
5 : mi 5.41 - alt. 115ft - B1183
6 : mi 6.84 - alt. 174ft - Gated Road
7 : mi 8.3 - alt. 177ft - Junction
8 : mi 9.51 - alt. 295ft - Hameringham Top
D/A : mi 13.77 - alt. 112ft - Horncastle Cattle Market Car Park
Cycling is a great way to keep fit and appreciate the countryside. These easy to read leaflets provide useful information on mileage, approximate timing and gradient.
A simple map and points of interest are included – for those times when you need to catch your breath, admire the countryside or explore the area.
Good cycling code :
• Always follow the Highway Code and Countryside Code
• Be safe and be seen – wear a helmet and high visibility clothing and use lights
• Keep your bike roadworthy and carry a puncture repair kit
• Be courteous to other road users
• Take plenty of water and have a drink regularly
All cycle routes start from the Cattle Market Car Park on South Street, Horncastle (TF 259 693 Postcode: LN9 6EB). Please check for parking restrictions.
The Lincolnshire Wolds is a nationally important and cherished landscape. Part of it was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1973. Covering an area of 558 square kilometres or 216 square miles, the rolling chalk hills of the AONB have been inhabited since prehistoric times whilst the appearance of the countryside today has been greatly influenced by past and present agricultural practices.
The Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service helps to protect and enhance the landscape through partnership projects with local landowners, farmers, parish councils, businesses and residents of the Wolds.
Places of interest/refreshments:
Horncastle, originating from Roman times and claimed in the Domesday Book of 1086 to be owned by King William, Horncastle is a market town steeped in heritage and history. Sections of Roman wall can still be seen in the library next to the community centre.
The Joseph Banks Centre, Bridge Street, Horncastle: discover more about the famous explorer and botanist and see displays, records and artefacts of the Horncastle History and Heritage Society.
Numerous refreshment outlets available throughout Horncastle.
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Scrivelsby Hall is the home of the Dymoke family, traditional holders of the King's (or Queen's) Champion. This was a ceremonial right, which entitled the holder to ride armed to Westminster Hall during a coronation and challenge anyone to contest the monarch's right to the throne. The ceremony continued to be held for every coronation until George IV in 1821.
Scrivelsby Court was lost to fire in 1761, but the 15th-century gatehouse still stands, and beside it is the restored Lion Gateway, built around 1530. Beyond the gateway is the Scrivelsby country estate, still owned by the Dymoke family, with the parkland designed by Humphrey Repton. Much of this is managed by grazing, usually by deer or sheep.
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