Water Rail Way

The Water Rail Way is a flat, almost entirely traffic-free route. Cyclists will enjoy wonderful views of the fens landscapes from viewing platforms over the banks of the River Witham. The route starts in the cathedral city of Lincoln before following the former Lincoln to Boston Railway Line.

Following the route of the former Lincoln to Boston Railway Line, this route leaves Lincoln alongside the River Witham and passes Washingborough, Bardney and Southrey on the way to Kirkstead Bridge. Here, you can take roads into the village of Woodhall Spa or continue on the Water Rail Way to Langrick Bridge and Boston.

The Water Rail Way passes through vast fenland landscapes with long views and expansive skies. The route also features a sculpture trail commissioned by Sustrans which includes artworks inspired by the poetry of Alfred, Lord Tennyson and also by the local environment and animal breeds.

This route is flat and almost entirely traffic-free and offers lots of good turnaround points if you don't want to travel the full distance.

Art trails

Along this route, you will find two viewing platforms over the banks of the River Witham designed by Belgian architects Robbrecht en Daem. The vision was to create innovative micro-works of architecture that offer viewing platforms to the public. Each structure supports a flight of stairs leading up to expansive views over the fens or the historic City of Lincoln. 

Other works along the route include Sally Matthews 'Lincoln Reds' and 'Lincoln Longwool Sheep'. The sculptures were inspired by the poems of Alfred, Lord Tennyson and to commemorate the 200th anniversary of this former Poet Laureate who was born in Lincolnshire. Nigel Sardeson's 'Curly Coat Pigs' were inspired by the surrounding agricultural environment and local breeds of animal.

Please note

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.

Please help us protect this route

The Water Rail Way is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy

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