Horncastle to RAF Coningsby Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight Museum

Horncastle to RAF Coningsby – Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight

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A 10 mile cycle route one way, taking you from the Lincolnshire market town of Horncastle along country lanes through the lovely Lincolnshire countryside and following the path of the River Bain to The Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight Museum at RAF Coningsby. A fairly flat route with tarmac surface all the way. If you intend to visit The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Museum/Visitors Centre we would recommend that you check the opening times of the centre before you set out on your cycle ride. You will find the occasional country pub along the route should you require refreshments along the way.

Horncastle situated by the River Bain is best known today for its antiques dealers and shops in and around the town. Alfred Lord Tennyson was born just 6 miles from Horncastle in the nearby village of Somersby.

Start from the centre of Horncastle cycle west along Jubilee Way A158 passing over the River Bain and after about 400 yards TURN LEFT along West Street which in turn runs on to Langton Hill B1191. Cycle along Langton Hill for 250 yards and TURN LEFT on to Woodhall Road following the B1191 for about three quarters of a mile to the village of Thornton.

When you reach Thornton follow the B1191 round to the right and then left along Horncastle Road as it takes you out of the small village. Cycle along Horncastle Road for about half a mile and at this point Horncastle Road bends to the right. As it bends right you TURN LEFT along the country lane in the direction of Roughton Village which is half a mile along the lane. Continue straight through Roughton and after about 1 mile you come to the village of Kirkby on Bain.

Continue along the country lane through Kirkby on Bain and after about 2 miles you pass a small country lane on your right , Paul’s Lane. About 250 yards after Paul’s Lane TURN LEFT on to Wharfe lane and cycle the short distance along Wharf Lane over the river and then you come to a ‘T’ junction with High Street on the outskirts of Coningsby Village.

At the junction TURN RIGHT along High Street and after 500 yards TURN LEFT on to Silver Street. Follow Silver Street for 200 yards and then bear right on to Dogdyke Road at the end of Silver Street.

Cycle along Dogdyke Road for about 500 yards where you come to The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Museum on your left at RAF Coningsby. The end of your cycle ride.

RAF Coningsby is one of the Royal Air Force’s most important stations and home of No. XI Squadron, No. 3 Squadron, No. XVII Squadron and No. 29 Squadron. It is also home to The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, formed in 1957 to commemorate the Royal Air Force’s major battle honour is based; a Lancaster, five Spitfires, two Hurricanes and a Dakota. These aircraft are no museum pieces as they are still flying and can be seen at a variety of air shows in the summer months.

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