This traffic-free route takes you from the Nottinghamshire village of Harby into the ancient city of Lincoln. It was primarily designed as a direct commuter route for local people wanting to avoid the indirect and busy B1190 and A46(T), but it now enjoys a double life as a leisure facility for people wanting an attractive place to ride their bikes away from the traffic.
From Harby, the route follows a dismantled railway line through the countryside to Skellingthorpe and on to Lincoln, where the towpath of the roman Fossdyke canal takes you to Lincoln's Brayford Pool, a stretch of open water where the canal meets the River Witham.
If you want a longer return ride, there is a circular route signed southwards along the river bank for two miles and then out on the lanes to Whisby Natural World and back to Harby (14 miles). Whisby Natural World is a nature park with lakes, woodland, ponds, grasslands, heath and a wealth of wildlife. The lakeside visitor centre has exhibitions on ecological themes, a café and a shop selling natural, Fairtrade and locally-sourced gifts.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.
To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure you follow the Towpath Code.