Route guide no. 2: CAMBS-LINCS | Peterborough to Stamford | 17.5 miles | 2.5 hrs | road and bridleway

Words by Aaron Scott

on 29/08/2013 19:02:00

Enjoy a scenic pedal through Ferry Meadows - part of over 200km of cycle routes in Peterborough.

A green and pleasant bike ride between Peterborough and Stamford. This route leads between Ferry Meadows in Peterborough and Stamford Meadows.

Peterborough is an Environment City and it is very easy to get around on its 200km of cycle routes. The Green Wheel circles the city and national cycle trails radiate out from the city centre. Alternatively, why not catch the train to Peterborough and bike home? You will need to make a reservation with CrossCountry Trains (0844 811 0124) and put your bike in a specially designated luggage compartment. CrossCountry Trains request that you don't put your bike in the aisle.

Could you bike to work one day a week? In order to plan your direct door-to-door cycle route from home to work, download your free Cycle Map Peterborough from Peterborough City Council. We've described the route from Peterborough to Stamford but it is easy to reverse.

Route summary

  • Distance: 17.5 miles
  • Typical Time: 2.5 hours
  • OS map: Landrangers 142 & 141, Explorer 227 & 234
  • Start: Ferry Meadows
  • Finish: Stamford Meadows
  • Terrain: A combination of tarmac roads and grassy bridleways

Directions

  1. From the northern car park at Ferry Meadows (see below for more info), head up the hill to reach the road that goes over the A47. At the junction turn right, signposted 'Marholm'. Turn left, following a sign for the golf course, and then turn immediately right along the golf course access road.
  2. Turn left onto a bridleway, just in front of a 'PRIVATE' sign. Follow the bridleway along the edge of Milton Park(look out for
    Cycle along the edge of Milton Park, near Ferry Meadows

    errant golf balls!); it veers to the left of a stone wall, skirts a field and leads to a road. Cross the road and continue on the bridleway on the other side of the road.

  3. When you reach a road, turn right and look out for a bridleway sign on your left. Go round the rusty gate onto a gravel track, which leads past the entrance to Castor Hanglands.
  4. When you reach a road, go straight across it and down the bridleway opposite. At the road, turn left and follow it to a T junction. Turn right, signposted 'Southorpe'. In Southorpe, on a right-hand bend and just after a footpath, there's a bridleway leading left. Follow it past the Hills and Holes of Barnack (see below for more info), to a road.
  5. Turn right. Take the second turning on the right to reach the B1443, connecting Stamford and Glinton. Turn left, and follow the smooth road through Pilsgate, past Burghley House and into Stamford. Turn right at the end of the road.
  6. Turn left at the traffic lights, past the George Hotel. Stamford Meadows is on your right.

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Points of interest

FERRY MEADOWS

Cycling through Ferry Meadows

Ferry Meadows lies in the heart of the Nene Park, in a meander of the River Nene. Its lakes, meadows and woodlands make it a favourite destination for outdoor recreation.

HILLS AND HOLES OF BARNACK

The Hills and Holes at Barnack, a national nature reserve and special conservation area.

Underneath the undulating landscape of the Hills and Holes lies the rubble of an ancient quarry. The stone, known as Barnack Rag, was first used for building by the Romans over 1500 years ago. It is now one of Britain's most important wildlife sites and has been designated as a Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest to protect the orchid rich grassland.

About this route guide

This route is adapted from 20 Best Local Bike Routes, a guide book featuring 20 favourite local routes for cycling in Rutland and the surrounding area. It is available to buy from Walkers bookshops in Oakham, Stamford and Sleaford.

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