|The Water Rail|
The Water Rail Way runs alongside the River Witham between Lincoln and Boston, forming part of National Cycle Network Route 1, and Woodhall Spa stands at the halfway mark, so it is a good place from which to ride in either direction. In May 2015 we looked at the ride to Boston and here we look at the ride to Lincoln.
The 17 mile route is, apart from the climb up to the Cathedral, flat and almost entirely traffic free.with an impressive collection of sculptures and lots of information boards giving details of the history of the area.
Lincoln has a railway station but Woodhall Spa does not, so if travelling by rail, best to start the ride at Lincoln. No car parking problems in Woodhall Spa and it has good camping facilities, so the best start point if you are not travelling by train.
As a closer look will verify.
This is the first of many items of sculpture, some in metal and some are wood carvings, that you will find along side the path.
This wood carving is of a daisy, and was presumable carved on site with a chain saw. Amazing!
There are several old railway buildings and stations along this route which have been converted into very desirable domestic properties. This one, at Stixwold, has a most appropriate extension in the style of the old signal box.
Another sculpture here and this one makes you think.
What is it? What is it made of? How was it made?
I think that it represents the human form and it is certainly made of wood, in fact two pieces of wood,as there is a vertical joint right down the middle so that the holes are actually cut as depressions in the sides of each half before they were joined together.
Southrey Station, bearing a striking resemblance to Stixwold Station.
This is Five Mile Bridge, which, would you believe, is five miles from Lincoln. We do not cross it, but keep to the left bank of the river.
More artwork across the path, and below
two cows made from re-cycled scrap metal.
On into Lincoln now and the rest of the route is not so good, passing though a car park and subject (in July 2015) to diversions due to construction work.