Routes in Lincolnshire - The Water Rail Way

13 July 2020

As an introduction to our coming articles about cycling routes in Lincolnshire, we have chosen to look at the Water Rail Way (NCN1) as it is a flat, almost entirely traffic-free route so is suitable for all experience levels.  It's a total of 15.5 miles / 24.9km but can easily be broken down into shorter rides.

The route runs from the beatiful cathedral city of Lincoln through to the small port of Boston, following the former Lincoln to Boston railway line.

The route leaves Lincoln, running alonside the River Witham and passes the villages of Washingborough, Bardney and Southrey on its way through to Kirkstead Bridge.  From Kirkstead Bridge it is easy to branch off in to Woodhall Spa or continue along the Water Rail Way through to Langrick Bridge and Boston.

The views along the way are impressive as you pass through immense fenland landscapes with clear views for miles - just land and sky.

Along the route, you will also discover a sculpture trail which was commissioned by Sustrans.  The trail includes sculptures inspired by Alfred, Lord Tennyson who has ties to the area, alongside animal breeds and aspects of the local environment.

There are also two viewing platforms, designed by Belgian Architects Robbrecht en Daem, which lead to spectalular views of the fens and Lincoln.


There is a small - 350m - section of the route which is on the B1190 at Bardney.

For more information about the route, please visit the Sustrans website, link here.