MY SPE­CIAL RIDE

Blast around Bos­ton

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Every­one has a favourite road close to home which, for many rea­sons (could be a fond mem­ory, could be ex­pert lo­cal knowl­edge, could be a ‘favourite’ reg­u­lar des­ti­na­tion, hem hem), would be com­pletely lost on any­one else. Which is why I couldn’t rec­om­mend a big de­tour from your round-bri­tain trip to go from Bos­ton in Lin­colnshire to Hum­ber­side Air­port... but if you hap­pen to be pass­ing Peter­bor­ough on the A1 to Hull or North York­shire, and you fancy an al­ter­na­tive, in­ter­est­ing route rather the dreary 60mph slog up the A1/M18 or A15 (and which, rid­den in the ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner, is no slower), then this is the route for you.

Bos­ton, home of more Brex­i­teers than any other UK town (make of that what you will), is a di­verse, cos­mopoli­tan old port on the edge of the Wash with a fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory of, iron­i­cally, emi­gra­tion. Get­ting there from the A1 means skirt­ing Peter­bor­ough and fol­low­ing the ar­row­straight A15 past Spald­ing. But north of Bos­ton is where the fun starts. Pick up the B1183 flash­ing across the flat miles (hump­back bridge apart) through New Bol­ing­broke to­wards Revesby ( Trans­porter fans, note the VW garage). Over the stag­gered cross­roads to­wards Horn­cas­tle, link­ing curves to­gether as you climb into the Lin­colnshire Wolds, tak­ing in sharp bends and mul­ti­ple com­plex cor­ners that test your road read­ing skills and abil­ity to dodge stray deer.

At Horn­cas­tle, pop into the School House Cof­fee Bar for cake and a brew, then west onto the A158 for a cou­ple of miles, sign­posted Lincoln – although Cad­well Park is only a few miles from here and the A153 north from Horn­cas­tle is a fun road (po­liced with mo­bile speed cam­eras dur­ing race week­ends though, so watch out) – there’s usu­ally some­thing go­ing down at the cir­cuit, and track days are free for spec­ta­tors so it’s worth nip­ping up for a look.

Back on the A158 out of Horn­cas­tle, then peel off onto the B1225 heading to­wards Cais­tor for 20 miles of hec­tic bends and fast, flow­ing romps across the rolling rooftops of the Wolds (with oc­ca­sion­ally iffy tar­mac, and the odd crawl­ing lorry con­voy; be­ware them heav­ing slowly out of side junc­tions). For a few weeks in Spring the coun­try­side ig­nites in a blaz­ing yel­low and deep green patch­work quilt of ra­di­ant oil seed rape and shim­mer­ing corn fields, framed by pink ex­plo­sions of cherry blos­som; make sure you take an­ti­his­tamine tablets and a packet of tis­sues in your tank bag.

The last blast into Cais­tor takes you past Thoresway mo­tocross cir­cuit on the right, then up to an­other stag­gered cross­roads, heading for Im­ming­ham briefly on the A1173. Then when the road jinks sharp right, you go straight on, peel­ing right at a fork onto a back road that takes you through dense woods down to Hum­ber Air­port (watch out, more veni­son-based haz­ards); from here you can pick up the A18 and head for the Hum­ber bridge.

TOMTOM RIDER The new Tomtom RIDER has been re­designed for life on the road and, with MCN, we’re go­ing to help you dis­cover, ex­plore and en­joy new routes each week. Down­load each from mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com/great

rides onto an SD card and your TomTom Rider will show you the way. ‘In Spring the coun­try­side ig­nites in a blaz­ing yel­low’

This blast is a mix of dead straight roads and tight, tight bends. It’s a real favourite

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