cycling through Lincoln city

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Rob and Alison, 5 Feb 2018.

  1. alicat

    alicat Guru

    Oh I was wondering whether 'gate' was Viking. Plenty of 'gates' in Leeds too.
  2. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Extra solar

    Ultima Thule
    And York; Walmgate, Micklegate etc.
  3. Afnug

    Afnug Everything you can imagine is real

    Don't forget Whipmawhopmagate
  4. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    A mate of mine watched somebody nick his gate, he did not say anything in case they took a fence.
  5. Gixxerman

    Gixxerman Veteran

    Market Rasen
    Was it the pillage idiot?
  6. GlenBen

    GlenBen Über Member

    I havent read the other answers fully so it may have already been answered, but the route Id take...

    At the bottom of milman road, turn right onto monks road. Go straight over the next junction onto clasketgate. Straight on again onto west parade. Where the road bends right, turn left (its actually straight on), staying on west parade. Then when you reach the crossroads, turn left down the hill, on the avenue. At the bottom of that bit of hill, go straight over the junction onto (i think) carholme road. Then at the next set of lights turn left and you are at the start of route 64, its a paved riverside path all the way to skellingthorpe, except a small gravel carpark at the pyewipe.
  7. wajc

    wajc Senior Member

    If you're happy to take a slightly less direct route to Skellingthorpe (adds about 6km to the most direct route) then this might be of interest.

    This has the benefit of taking you nearly to the centre of Lincoln on the traffic free part of the NCN 1 also known as the Water Railway all the way from 5 mile bridge at Fiskerton (which is as it names suggest is 5 miles from the centre of Lincoln).

    You then ride about a km from the end of Great Northern Terrace to where you join the again traffic free NCN 64 - keeping the time mixing with traffic through Lincoln to a minimum.

    I think it would be easier to navigate than if coming in to Lincoln from the North West and probably the more enjoyable option.
    Last edited: 7 Feb 2018
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  8. Newman8

    Newman8 Well-Known Member

    Here's my route (hope the link works ok):

    Lincoln's such a beautiful city centre, you should really take a little time to do a small loop of the old 'Uphill' city (the Cathedral and Castle area). It's also a fairly quiet town with very good roads and your route approaching and leaving Lincoln is very flat and easy. There's potentially some steep hills in the city centre: Somewhere you will have just one awkward descent from the higher ground on your approach from the north to the lower ground on your last leg.
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    *As per the link above, as you approach Lincoln on the A46 (on NCN1), just carry on all the way until you pass the Cathedral (on your right). (Don't branch off to the left to bypass the city on the East side and go down to the Water Railway, at least until you've done a small sightseeing loop).
    *Turn right at Minster Yard to follow the south side of the Cathedral on the cobbles and then go through Exchequergate into Castle Square.
    *Then head north up the start of Bailgate, before taking a slight detour left along the north side of the Castle wall, and then right along Chapel Lane to rejoin Bailgate at Newport Arch.
    *Head east along Church Road and Northgate to rejoin where you entered the City.
    *Somewhere along that loop, you'll find somewhere really good for coffee and cake.

    *Route from Glenben is a very easy way to join NCN64, but Milman Road (on the east edge of the Arboretum) is a more directly steep descent than Lindum Hill (which would be the main road).
    *You can carry on after Milman Road to join the Water Railway around Lincs FM building, as per wajc and mjr, but this isn't a very pretty part of town - it does however, have the advantage of coming past the Brayford Pool Marina and the University area once you've reached the south west edge of the city centre, which is great and also meets up with the start of NCN64.
    *I'd personally join Brayford Pool by heading south down the main road, Broadgate then branching off left in order to turn right under Pelham Bridge and along Wigford Way.
    *If I remember correctly, you have to dismount to get off Wigford Way onto North Witham Bank when Brayford Wharf is on your left.

    Another really simple alternative, branching off from the 'Scenic Loop' above is:
    *From the north side of the Castle wall, turn left down Union Road (past the excellent Victoria pub), briefly on Drury Lane and down Spring Hill and Hungate where you turn right onto Motherby Lane, which joins West Parade (as per Glenben's route).
    *In this instance, the bottom half of Union Road and Drury Lane would be your steep descent.

    If you just want the quickest way to join the two routes, you'd bypass the city completely on the north west side via the A46, but you'd have some sections of dual carriageway I believe.
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  9. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Could you do a quieter and bit more gradual descent after looping the Cathedral and Castle by heading out along Carline Road and going straight over at the end into Queen Crescent? The west end of Carline Street has "turn left" arrows painted on the road, but the restriction signs are only "no right turn" so going straight over would seem permitted, although it'll probably be surprising to motorists (so beware!).

    Not necessarily - it looks like you can make a left-hand U-turn at the toucan crossing at the north end of Wigford Way and "salmon" the wrong-way along a roadside cycleway which forks right off after a few metres onto the river bank, but that U-turn might be scary with non-comprehending motorists on your tail.
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  10. OP
    Rob and Alison

    Rob and Alison Über Member

    Caistor, Lincs
    Wow! Thanks very much all for your input.
    Some interesting options to play with.
    Our problem initially looking at the map we have was that we don't know the city at all well and just didn't fancy the more pedestrianized looking parts near to the shops.
    There is plenty to sit down and work out an interesting route here, for us two at least, it may end up being too long a day out for some of those who would have potentially joined us, but that will be their loss.
    Thanks again.
  11. L Q

    L Q Über Member

    Woodhall Spa
    Its the Pyewipe car park that has the dreaded gravel, I used to go over it really slowly when I started going past but now I find faster is better.

    If you do get chance have a break in the bailgate area as its lovely.

    Oh and route 2 is lovely isn't it, great views right over towards Nottinghamshire.
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  12. Gixxerman

    Gixxerman Veteran

    Market Rasen
    Ah yes indeed it is. My mistake. It is absolute shite to ride through though. Plus the tunnel under the bypass doubles as a fishing lake in wet weather. I used to commute from the park and cycle at burton waters down this route everyday. It is lovely cycling along the banks of the Fossdyke. The only bugbear was all the bloody dog walkers on the path that let their pooches wander about uncontrolled and blame you if you run them over.

    Indeed it is. I have a very nice view of the cathedral out of my office window. Working in Lincoln and seeing it everyday, you tend to forget just how nice the uphill part of Lincoln is.

    Yes you get some quite nice views from the "top of the wolds" (known locally as Noramby cliff top for reasons unknown as there is no cliff anywhere near it). On a clear day, you can see Lincoln Cathedral and the Humber Bridge from the same viewpoint. Which is surprising, as Lincolnshire is flat according to most people ;-)
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  13. Newman8

    Newman8 Well-Known Member

    Don't even remember the cycle path being there when I lived there, but the roads on SE side of the city (to Saxilby, Skelly and Newark) are great - long, straight, very very flat and, if there's no wind, very very fast or very very easy, depending on your outlook!
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