Lincoln BIG and Visit Lincoln want people to have fun discovering the exciting new trails – four for walkers and four for cyclists. All have been devised as part of this year’s RAF100 events and attractions.
The 100 Voices Trails will be in place for families, residents, and visitors to enjoy from Saturday 5th May through the summer until the end of September.
Each of the routes will feature 100 voices on “wings” – groups of eye-catching information panels, relating the stories of people who have experienced life in the RAF from its foundation in 1918 through peace times and during conflict, which led to Lincolnshire becoming known as Bomber County.
The stories on the “wings” - which are displayed throughout the walks and cycle rides - are based on information compiled through research carried out for the special “100 voices” project.
These fantastic trails include walks and cycle routes which are designed to appeal to both occasional hikers and cyclists to ardent enthusiasts.
The walking routes include:
The shortest walks (Spitfire and Hawk) are based around Lincoln City Centre and take about an hour to complete. The Lancaster Trail takes walkers in the vicinity of the International Bomber Command Centre just south of Lincoln and the Sopwith Camel trail is an urban hike with hidden surprises.
The circular Cycle Routes include:
The cycling trails explore the countryside around Lincoln and take riders to places which have a rich association with the RAF – from former airfields to today’s operational sites and the RAF “school” at Cranwell.
As an added activity, those taking part in the Trails have an opportunity to “earn their wings” by completing questions on five of the routes. Once participants have collected their five wings, they can pick-up their “pilot’s licence” from the Lincoln Visitor Information Centre in Castle Hill, Lincoln.
Find out more about the trails, including downloadable maps, on the 100 Voices website.