Lincoln Suburbs, 3-10 miles from Lincoln, 11-20 miles from Lincoln

Water Rail Way

Water Rail Way Cycle Route

Take a walk or cycle ride along the Water Rail Way: a purpose built trail linking Lincoln to Boston with a range of artwork along the route.

​The Water Rail Way route follows the River Witham from Lincoln to Boston. The mostly traffic free off road route is ideal for cycling and walking. Starting from Lincoln, you are in the shadow of Lincoln Cathedral and finish at the market town of Boston with the famous St Botolph’s Church, known as ‘The Stump’. 

The route is 33 miles (54km) in length and fairly flat throughout. It passes through the village of Bardney where there is a heritage centre and bike hire - about 9 miles into the ride. The Water Rail Way features vast open fenland landscapes, with long views and expansive skies.

Enjoy the fresh air and discover commissioned artwork along the way, depicting Lincolnshire’s assets and inspired by the words of Lincolnshire's own Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Order a copy of the Water Rail Way Artworks map for free from our online shop.

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​The path is open all year. There is a winter and summer route in Bardney. 


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