MY SPECIAL RIDE
Blast around Boston
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.
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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