Last weekend, I needed to be in Lincoln for a work related conference and so as last year we decided to go and stay at Bardney, about 9 miles from the city. It is on the Water Rail trail and the Bardney Heritage centre is a great place to spend a night in the Bed and Breakfast run by Barry and Lynne. We first came across it in about 2008 and have seen it develop over the years.
Unusually, the bedrooms are actually old railway wagons that have been converted into a sleeping area with ensuite shower and WC.
There are two wagons with 2 beds each and a converted farming field wagon that sleeps 4. We think its great value at £30pp per night. Barry cooks breakfast in the station house which also serves as a café. They hire bicycles and specialist disabled cycles are available but he told me they are rarely used. A great shame as the trail that passes the centre is a lovely into Lincoln or down to Woodhall Spa.
We have cycled this trail a number of times so I decided we would sort out a route for ourselves. Unfortunately, the wind was vicious so we decided to head into the wind as it was blowing from the NE.
It was hard work cycling on the B1202 but it was fairly quiet and a bit of a relief when we reached the turning for Short Ferry and climbed over the railway bridge before crossing a stream and on along past Fiskerton Fen. Once in the village itself , we turned right towards Reepham.
This area of Lincolnshire is very flat and during WW2 , there were many airfields built. We passed a memorial to some
of the fallen airmen who gave their lives to defend our freedom
There were also a couple of poignant poems but the photos didn’t show up too well.
In Reepham itself , we stopped in a sheltered spot just after the railway line and enjoyed our breakfast as we hadn’t had it before leaving home and had brought it with us, cereal, fruit and yogurt in leak-proof boxes. Despite donning warm jackets, it was too cold to sit for long so we were soon off again turning left for Cherry Willingham.
There was a chap standing with his painting easel, portraying the church and daffodils and I went over to talk to him. I thought it was unusual to be painting outdoors on such a day but he was hoping to enter a parish / diocese church painting competition.
Back along into Fiskerton, we turned down a lane and crossed Five Mile Bridge over the river Witham. It was drizzling a bit but we were wrapped for the weather so continued down to Potterhanworth Booths and slogging along the B1190. There were plenty of cyclists coming towards us but they had the wind on their backs.
Back at Bardney, we were only too pleased to go into the café for a hot chocolate and scone and jam.
I had taken my folding Dahon Speed TR and the next day I was glad I had. Lincoln was holding a 10K run and despite the signs saying the roads would be closed from 10.00am , they were closed by 8.00am. Nothing for it, stop in a layby, unfold the cycle, don my cycle helmet and ride where cars could not go. 17.5 miles