Water Rail Way?

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Water Rail Way?

Postby ratherbeintobago » 27 Oct 2019, 6:17pm

One of my wife’s friends lives in the Lincs wolds fens near Lincoln Boston. I see the old railway line through Woodhall is now a rail trail but that it’s not all off road.

Can any Lincs locals comment on whether it’s suitable for, say, a 9yo & 7yo plus adult?

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Re: Water Rail Way?

Postby Hobbs1951 » 28 Oct 2019, 8:59am

ratherbeintobago wrote:One of my wife’s friends lives in the Lincs wolds fens near Lincoln Boston. I see the old railway line through Woodhall is now a rail trail but that it’s not all off road.

Can any Lincs locals comment on whether it’s suitable for, say, a 9yo & 7yo plus adult?


The Spa Trail/Viking Way (Woodhall Spa) is not the same trail as the Water Rail Way but either are suitable for children of 9 & 7. Woodhall Spa is not in the Fens by the way !

If you follow the Water Rail Way from Kirkstead Bridge (nr Woodhall Spa) to Boston you'll then be in Fen country when you arrive.

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Re: Water Rail Way?

Postby mjr » 28 Oct 2019, 10:53am

Hobbs1951 wrote:
ratherbeintobago wrote:One of my wife’s friends lives in the Lincs wolds fens near Lincoln Boston. I see the old railway line through Woodhall is now a rail trail but that it’s not all off road.

Can any Lincs locals comment on whether it’s suitable for, say, a 9yo & 7yo plus adult?


The Spa Trail/Viking Way (Woodhall Spa) is not the same trail as the Water Rail Way but either are suitable for children of 9 & 7. Woodhall Spa is not in the Fens by the way !

The Spa Trail isn't looking great to me for a 7-year-old https://goo.gl/maps/njbHtcpsAKisEzeR7 - is my map out of date and it's been diverted off that road?

And the Viking Way appears to be a footpath: https://goo.gl/maps/25ZBfHnyX2kw363VA

And Woodhall Spa is on the edge of the fens, but in it by some definitions. The other bank of the Witham, a few metres away across Kirkstead Bridge is definitely fen, drained from the 1770s on and managed by the Witham First District Internal Drainage Board.
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Re: Water Rail Way?

Postby ratherbeintobago » 28 Oct 2019, 11:01am

And Woodhall Spa is on the edge of the fens, but in it by some definitions


Where my wife's friend lives is definitely in the fens.

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Re: Water Rail Way?

Postby Hobbs1951 » 28 Oct 2019, 2:23pm

I ride the WRW regularly (from Lincoln via Bardney, & Kirkstead to Boston) - and rode the ST recently - I took my 7 yr old on it (when she was 7).

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Postby mjr » 28 Oct 2019, 2:32pm

Hobbs1951 wrote:I ride the WRW regularly (from Lincoln via Bardney, & Kirkstead to Boston) - and rode the ST recently - I took my 7 yr old on it (when she was 7).

And does the Spa Trail still go along B1191 as far as Sandy Lane? What makes it less nasty to cycle on than it looks?

And is the sign I saw on Manor Road wrong or is the Viking Way only a footpath route?
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Re: Water Rail Way?

Postby pete75 » 31 Oct 2019, 5:15pm

mjr wrote:And Woodhall Spa is on the edge of the fens, but in it by some definitions. The other bank of the Witham, a few metres away across Kirkstead Bridge is definitely fen, drained from the 1770s on and managed by the Witham First District Internal Drainage Board.


Some of Woodhall Spa parish is fenland some isn't. Land classified as fen goes right up to Lincoln on each side of the Witham. WItham Third drains the Woodhall side of the river. There's a map here. https://www.ada.org.uk/member_type/idbs/

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Postby foxyrider » 3 Dec 2019, 1:50pm

I've ridden the Witham from source to see and the 'Rail trail' several times in part or full.

The on road section should be okay for the ag group you have, provide they have some road sense. There are a couple of sections that are not great after heavy rain, there are signed road diversions and the same applies. If you want to take in any of the 'attractions' (Bubble car museum, couple of abbeys, a castle etc) you will have to go on roads but only for short distances.
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Postby pete75 » 4 Dec 2019, 5:40pm

foxyrider wrote:I've ridden the Witham from source to see and the 'Rail trail' several times in part or full.


How did you manage on the bit between South Witham and Lincoln where the river is mainly through farmland with no tracks alongside. Did you use one of those bikes with fat tyres?

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Re: Water Rail Way?

Postby foxyrider » 7 Dec 2019, 8:08pm

pete75 wrote:
foxyrider wrote:I've ridden the Witham from source to see and the 'Rail trail' several times in part or full.


How did you manage on the bit between South Witham and Lincoln where the river is mainly through farmland with no tracks alongside. Did you use one of those bikes with fat tyres?


I followed as close as public bridleways and roads allow using my Focus Mares AX. There are a couple of bits south of Grantham where the map indicates a track but in fact its a footpath so i was a good boy and went around by road. The only bit that was impossible to ride was the sea of mud by the source - but it was March! :lol: :lol:
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