Guest Information

Please ensure you have read the Covid-19 document which will have been emailed to you as it does override some information contained in this document.

This document is normally in a folder in your lodge, but we have removed this due to Covid-19 so please read carefully.


Welcome to your lodge

We hope you have a wonderful stay with us

Please read carefully

A member of staff will visit in your first day or so to take a swipe of your credit or debit card for a pre-authorisation security deposit. This will not deduct anything from your card. If, at the end of your stay there was some damage that we needed to charge you for we would contact you in advance of any deduction to discuss.

The £50 may appear on your pending on your online banking app but will drop off. This can take up to 10 working days, but this is dependent on how quickly your bank processes it. During our visit we will answer any questions you may have.

Hot tubs


The hot tubs are designed for a maximum of four people at a time.  We will be checking your hot tub chemical levels every day.  This only takes a matter of seconds unless we need to adjust the levels.  We will do our best not to disturb you during this process.  However, if you are in Lodge numbers 14,15, 17 or 18 we need to enter your lodge to get access to the decking area where the hot tub is.  We will knock and wait for you to answer before entering.  If you are out, we will use our keys to access to the lodge.  Please read the Hot Tub rules sheet and abide by the guidelines.

Pets


Pets are only permitted in lodges 7, 8, 11, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23 and with advance notice and charges paid.  Pets must be kept on leads at all times when outside the lodges.  Dogs are not allowed upstairs in the 2 storey lodges.

Please bag your dog waste and dispose of safely and appropriately.

Children


Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Umbrellas


Operating the umbrellas on the decking on lodge 7 - 19

These are opened and extended with the use of a lever. Please do not pull the string inside the umbrella.

The lever is attached to the main arm and pulls out easily. There are 2 square holes on the arm. Insert the lever into a hole and turn. One extends the arm and the other opens the umbrella. Please ensure you put the lever back in its clip after use.

On all lodges
Please close umbrella when not in use

Barbeques


BBQ’s are not currently available for hire although you are welcome to bring your own.

If you bring a BBQ please only use it on the grassed area and not on the decking or anywhere near it. If you bring a disposable BBQ please ensure it is raised off the grass so as not to cause damage.

Please ensure you dispose of the ashes safely and please take away your BBQ when you leave at the end of your stay.

Marina and streams


It is not permitted to enter any of the water areas at any time.

General


  • Staff are on site each day from 8am to 4.30pm.  Please do not hesitate to stop one of them if you need help with anything.
  • Keys for the back door, Juliet balcony and windows will either be in the back door or the top drawer of the kitchen.
  • Your lodge as been supplied with one toilet roll per bathroom, several bins liners and a couple of dishwasher tablets.
  • Please do not flush anything other than toilet paper down the toilet.
  • Please use the sanitary bags provided and then dispose in the general waste bag.
  • Maintenance staff will be around the grounds carrying out their duties each day.
  • Please be aware that the grassed areas are uneven so please take care.
  • Please do not touch the gas or electric meters.
  • To alter the heating please use the thermostat on the wall.  Please do not change any settings on the boiler.
  • Under no circumstances should you enter the building site area of the lodge park
  • Vehicles and their contents are left at the owner’s risk.  Staycation, Brigg Marina Ltd and Hospitality Management Services (HMS) Ltd do not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage to vehicles or their contents. Do not park in any other space other than the one allocated to you. Other cars can be parked in the marina car park.  Do not park on any part of Phase two, which is under construction, unless instructed to do so by a member of HMS staff.  This includes the spaces opposite Lodge 19.
  • Fishing is not permitted in the marina or streams.
  • Please load and turn on the dishwasher or wash the pots before you check out.

Fire


In the event of a fire please call 999, leave your lodge immediately and congregate at the crossroads in the centre of the park by the Fire Assembly Point sign.
Do not return to your lodge under any circumstances until you are informed that it is safe to do so by the Fire Brigade or a Fire Warden.

Rubbish


Please bag up your rubbish (including dog waste) and leave your tied up bin bags at the front of your lodge from 8am each day. They will be collected from there. Alternatively, you can take them directly to the bins in the Marina car park.

Left Property


Property that is left on the premises will be kept for a period of one month, after which it will be disposed of.

In order for property to be reclaimed, a detailed description of the item(s) and/or proof of ID (identity), and date that the item was left will be required.

While every effort will be made to identify the possible owner of lost property (which is likely to involve searching of the item) and then make contact with them, Hospitality Management Services (HMS) Ltd will not return the property to that person unless they provide the details set out in the previous paragraph.

Hospitality Management Services (HMS) Ltd will not mail/courier or insure during transit any reclaimed found property back to the presumed owner unless they send the appropriate fees to cover packing and postage, and any insurance during transit stipulated by the claimant. All items sent at owner's risk.

Well that’s all the formal stuff out of the way, now go have fun.

Assuring you of our best attention at all times.
The Management

Emergency Contact Details


Management
If you have an emergency you can call this number however if it not an emergency please see a member of onsite staff who are on site from 8am to 4.30pm.
07706 831661Press here to call now

Ambulance, Fire & Police
999


Report a Fault


If the lodge you have booked has any faults please tell a member of the on-site team during the day or you can email: repairs@briggmarina.co.uk

Check-out Instructions


Check-out time is 10am. Please ensure that all of the lights are off, the windows and doors are locked and put you key back in the key box.

Lodge Do’s and Dont's


  • Please lock the doors and close the windows when leaving the holiday lodge unoccupied.
  • Pets are only permitted in lodges 11 and 19. Pets are not permitted on the furniture and should not be left alone within the lodge. We ask that dogs remain on their leads at all times when not in the lodge. Dog fouling should be disposed of in the dog litter bins around Brigg Marina grounds.
  • Children must be supervised by their parents/guardian at all times.
  • Swimming is not permitted in the Marina.
  • No Fires are to be started on or around the lodge.

Smoking


Smoking is not permitted within the holiday lodge. Feel free to smoke outside, but please dispose of cigarette ends appropriately. Do not stub out cigarettes on the decking. Ashtrays are provided.
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Things to do in the area


Our Favourite Eateries

Shipley's Curiosities
53 Wrawby Street - 07576 335336
Described as the best tea room in Brigg by many of the locals, tea is served in a pot with real leaves and the selection of baking and sandwiches are delicious. With friendly staff to compliment the food, we would definitely recommend this quaint tea-room for a warm up and a snack.

King William IV
117 Scawby Road - 01652 657106
Stay Local! King William IV is a local bar with traditional British pub grub. The staff are lovely and provide a great service. You can choose from both indoor & outdoor seating and is wheelchair friendly. Whether you decide on brunch, lunch or dinner, this lovely, traditional pub grub will not disappoint.

Mumbai Lounge
Old Courts Road - 01652 600800
If you're looking for a top class Indian restaurant, this is our pick. An excellent menu is on offer with all your favourite Indian meals. There is a lovely atmosphere in a cosy setting. If you prefer a take-away, they also offer a delivery service. Also available for deliveries.

Harrison's Hideaway
Carr Isle Industrial Estate - 01652 653940
This hidden gem is highly recommended for a spot of breakfast or lunch, the menu is all home-made with plenty of vegetarian choices. There is a little terrace that overlooks a large pond for a tranquil lunch setting on a sunny day.

Scawby Fish & Chips
3 Chapel Lane - 01652 654642
Nice little fish 'n' chip shop with great food to take away. Traditional English chip shop menu, cooked to order.

San Pietro Restaurant
11 High Street - 01724 277774
A superb nouveau Mediterranean cuisine, with superb quality food, service and surroundings. The menu includes many Italian dishes with Pietro's twist from his home town Sicily. Pietro is the head chef and restaurant director with a focus on great food and quality service. If you decide to dine at San Pietro's, please remember to book your table.

China Garden
42 Wrawby Street - 01652 653531
Our choice for a chinese take-away, great food and quick service at reasonable prices.

Yellowbelly Pizza
28A Market Place, Brigg DN20 8LD - 01652 658020
Freshly made Sourdough Pizzas – New to area but definitely worth a visit


Events

Brigg Music & Drama Festival
Vale Academy - Atherton Way
March 2020 will see the 100th Music & Drama festival in Brigg. This is something for the whole family to enjoy. The Music Support Service works in partnership with pupils, parents, teachers, governors and schools to provide a great variety of music and artistic performances for all to enjoy.

Brigg Market
Every Thursday and Saturday, you will find Brigg's famous local traders market, selling home-made produce as well as lovely gourmet farm food. On a Thursday you will find a wide range of traditional stalls, selling produce from fruit & veg to fresh flowers, household goods, cheeses, fish, to clothing and footwear. Saturdays market tends to be similar stalls, however on a smaller scale to Thursday's market. Also on a Thursday you may be interested in attending the local auction, known as Sennets Market. Here you will see the traders and farmers, as well as the general public purchasing different types of produce. If you are looking to stay in one night and cook, you can take advantage of the wonderful local produce from the farmers market in the Town Centre.


Family Days Out

Live, Love and Create
23 Wrawby Street - 01652 600992
A unique pottery experience where the kids and adults alike can get a taste of their own pottery painting. The pottery craft shop also has a lovely cafe so that you don't go hungry whilst painting your keepsake. There are also little craft kits available to purchase to take back to your lodge to keep the kids amused.

Fun Forest
Europa Way - 01652 657370
A huge indoor play centre for children up the age of 11, open from 9:30 to 18:30, 7 days a week. Fun Forests adventure play centre boasts a fully air conditioned playroom with free wireless internet and plenty of parking. Food and drink are also available on site for when they get peckish. A perfect place to keep the kids entertained on a rainy day.

Elsham Hall Country Park
North Lincolnshire - 01652 688698
Children from 0 - 12 will enjoy this four acre walled garden, covered in cultured flowers and a variety of animals. As well as the lakeside garden and animals, you can fill up the rest of the day letting them play in the adventure playground. Down at the lake you will be able to feed the carp and enjoy the secret garden tea room for a hot drink and snack.

Local Walks


Barnetby and the Viking Way
Start:
Just South of Barnetby Railway Bridge – roadside parking in Victoria Road. From the M180 Junction 5 take the A18 turning right towards Brigg and almost immediately left to Barnetby. Take the main ‘Kings Road’ downhill and park beyond the bridge in Victoria Road.
Route:
  1. Take the lane which appears to be for a small business and at the end enter a narrow waymarked path alongside the railway.
  2. Go up a short slope ‘Knab Hill’ over a stile and turn right at the path junction and take the path crossing the horse paddock, the path leading into a lane.
  3. The lane meets the road at right angled bend – go straight on along St. Barnabas Road.
  4. There the road forks bear left.
  5. At the next form bear right into Queens Road, this road bends left rising slightly.
  6. Turn right into South street, this soon bends to the right.
  7. At the road junction turn left into Marsh Lane.
  8. Turn right onto the Viking Way – a good wide track.
  9. As the track enters a small housing estate bear left onto the road.
  10. Turn left into Victoria Road passing a fish and chip shop with an unusual name “A Salt and Battery” – if you can and go back to the start.
Terrain:
From point one to two the path can be muddy when wet, there is short hill near point two. Between points two and three the path leads diagonally downhill initially over grass paddock then into lane. From point three to eight the surface is road and pavement. From point four to six the road is rising steadily. From point six to eight you are descending slightly. From point eight to nine is a good wide track. From point nine on you are on pavements.
Times:
Allow between an hour and an hour and a half to complete the walk at a leisurely pace.
Refreshments:
  • A Salt and Battery Fish and Chip shop;
  • The Whistle and Flute opposite the train station;
  • The Railway Inn is not open at lunchtime.
Toilets:
None

Broughton and East Woods
Start:

At car park opposite South View on the B1207 in Broughton. From Junction 4 on the M180, proceed to the A18 roundabout and follow the B1207 into Broughton.
At the road junction at the Dog and Rat public house, turn left, still on the B1207 towards Appleby. The car park is on the left opposite South View.

Route:
  1. Return to the B1207 road and cross it, turning left along the pavement towards Appleby.
  2. Just before the de-restriction sign, turn right onto a sign posted permissive path alongside the backs of gardens.
  3. The path bends left and right through a gap in the field boundary, running alongside the backs of gardens again to the corner of the field.
  4. Go through the gap, turning left onto a public footpath signposted to the Rowland Plantation. This path follows the edge of the wood.
  5. The path descends bending right past a pond and crossing an old bridge to a finger post. Turn right, crossing a wooden footbridge.
  6. At the first junction keep to the left.
  7. At the next junction the public footpath turns right, but, go straight on along the permissive path.
  8. Turn sharp right onto the signed public footpath.
  9. The path enters a road (Townhill Drive), turn left, ignore side roads, the road descends, bending to the right to a road junction.
  10. Turn left into Townhill, cross the road, passing over Moor Beck.
  11. Turn right into Chapel Lane and right again into Chapel Road.
  12. At a road junction, turn right into Beck Lane, going downhill and crossing the Beck by a footpath.
  13. Turn left and left again into Bassett Close following a ginnel through to a cul-de-sac called Harry’s Dream.
  14. Turn right into Brooklands, following this to a T junction.
  15. Turn left into South View, and crossing the B1207, back to the car park.
Terrain:

Fairly flat. The permissive path between point two and four is good and level. The public footpath descends gently to point five and rises steadily to point seven. The permissive section to point eight descends imperceptibly. The public footpath ascends slightly to point nine.

The road descends gently to the Beck crossing on Townhill, rising again up Chapel Lane, descending gently down Beck Lane and ascends slightly to Harry’s Dream. The roads are then level to the car park.

Times:
Between one hour and an hour and a half at a leisurely pace.
Refreshments:
  • The Dog and Rat Tavern, High Street - 01652 653658
  • The Thatch Inn, High Street - 01652 655565
  • Arties Mill at Castlethorpe - 01652 652094
Toilets:
None

River Ancholme and Castlethorpe
Start:
Near the Tourist Information Office in the Brigg Market Place. Brigg can be reached by leaving the M180 at Junction 4 and following the A18 into the town. DN20 8LD
Route:
  1. Leave the Market place in a westerly direction along Bridge Street.
  2. Immediately before the bridge over the Old River Ancholme, turn right down some steps onto a tarmac path beside the river. Follow this path north under a road bridge.
  3. Pass under the motorway bridge, the tarmac path ends here, and continue along a grass path alongside the New River Ancholme.
  4. The first bridge over the New River is Castlethorpe Bridge, cross here and turn immediately left onto a permissive path back towards Brigg with the river on your left.
  5. At this point the permissive path turns right but the council have provided a good path along the bank past a new housing estate,into Narrow boats road , then left into Waters edge to join Bridge street descend a few steps and continue nearer to the water.
  6. As you reach the bridge the path swings round to the right and joins the pavement along Bridge Street. Turn left heading towards the town centre.
  7. Where the road bends left, carefully cross, using the traffic island and enter the now quiet Bridge Street, crossing the Old River Bridge back to your starting point near the Tourist Information Centre.
Terrain:

The area is flat. The grassy path from the motorway bridge to Castlethorpe Bridge can get muddy during wet weather.  The permissive path is an excellent grassy path along an embankment. The path alongside the housing estate is at present fine grit.

Where the path is closer to the water near to the bridge, this section can be avoided by going through the housing estate into Waters' Edge Road, which enters Bridge Street very close to where the footpath does.

Times:
Between one and one and a half hours at a leisurely pace.
Refreshments:
  • In Brigg there are several pubs doing pub lunches and several cafés and snack bars.
  • Arties Mill at Castlethorpe
Toilets:
There are public toilets in Brigg. Many pubs, cafés and snack bars will have their own facilities for customers.

Wrawby two counties
Start:
At the ‘Black Horse’ pub on Melton Road (A18) Wrawby. There is parking for patrons, or there are nearby lay-bys on the A18 in Wrawby. DN20 8SL
Route:
  1. From the Black Horse, turn left uphill alongside the main road.
  2. Carefully cross the A18, walking along Kettleby Lane, passing an electricity sub station on your left. At present you are in North Lincolnshire.
  3. After passing a row of houses on your right, turn up a footpath into Lincolnshire just after the last house. Cross a stile on the right, crossing the garden diagonally left and leaving it by another stile at the end of the garden. You can skirt the outside of the garden, but the garden route is the legal right of way.
  4. Cross the field diagonally right towards a gap in rough vegetation, once here you can see a way marking post near a hedge ahead across a bridge with no handrail over a boggy section.
  5. The waymark post indicates the direction alongside the hedge on your right and then diagonally across 3 fields, aiming for gaps in the intervening hedge lines each time.
  6. Cross a small bridge and final field to the junction with a wide track and turn right up this track back into North Lincolnshire.
  7. Turn right along a good wide farm lane, which becomes a surfaced road – High Field Road.
  8. At the junction with the main road (A18), turn right uphill, crossing where convenient back to your starting point.
Terrain:
The village is on the edge of the Wolds and the walk is on a sloping site. A slight uphill pavement leads to a crossing over the A18 and level walk along the surfaced Kettleby Lane. There is no pavement here and the lane descends slightly to point three. The route then crosses arable fields firstly slightly uphill to point five and then downslope. Good tracks are followed back upslope steadily to road and pavements slightly uphill with a road crossing again back to the starting point.
Times:
Allow between an hour and an hour and a quarter to complete the walk at a leisurely pace.
Refreshments:
  • The Black Horse, Melton Road (A18) Wrawby - 01652 652382
  • The Jolly Miller, Brigg Road (A18) Wrawby - 01652 655658
Toilets:
The Black Horse has facilities for patrons during their opening hours. The nearest public toilets are at the end of Bigby Street, Brigg, at the roundabout as you leave Brigg for Wrawby.

Cycling around Brigg


Brigg is set in the heart of some stunning British countryside and this is one of the reasons that cyclists flock here. In good or bad weather there are plenty of routes to choose from to suit your skills, the weather and type of bicycle that you have.  There are also many keen bike riders that live in and around the area of Brigg, so much so that they have a club dedicated to cycling called Brigg & District Cycling.  We have added many of the local routes in the following pages, however, if you want to join a group cycle you may want to contact Brigg & District Cycling to join one of their group cycles. At the time of writing, the groups all meet at the local Lidl supermarket and go from there. These are the group times available:
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6.30pm
  • Saturday at 8.30am (Newbie ride)
  • Sunday at 9am (Steady ride)
  • Contact the club through their website http://briggcycling.co.uk
  • Keep reading for the most popular routes if you fancy taking in the countryside by yourself or with friends and family.
Abbey & Airfields
Start:
Goxhill railway station
Description:
A circular cycle ride from the lowlands of the Humber marshes up to the gentle lower slopes of the northern Wolds, passing through mainly open countryside and pleasant villages.
Attractions:
Thornton Abbey
Traffic Levels:
Low, except around Wootton and Ulceby.
Our starting point:
Goxhill, was once a major centre for market gardening. During the Middle Ages a small port existed at Goxhill Haven. On the edge of the village the route runs north- easterly long Howe Lane, skirting the site of Goxhill Airfield. Built for bomber operations during the Second World War, it was soon found to be too close to Hull, a target for much of the Luftwaffe’s attention in 1941/1942. Hull’s extensive defences included balloons moored on barges in the Humber, effectively blocking the flight path into Goxhill. As a result the airfield became a training base for the American Air Force.

Conquer the Wolds
Start:
Baysgarth Park, Barton-upon-Humber
Description:
A circular cycle ride through fine open countryside with superb views over the Ancholme Valley and the rolling farmlands of the high Wolds. The area has many secluded roads to explore, with several attractive villages within easy reach. The long distance Viking Way footpath runs north to south through the centre of the route.
Attractions:
Baysgarth House Museum.
Traffic Levels:
Generally light but with one or two major routes to cross.
Our starting point:

Baysgarth House Museum, set in over 30 acres of grounds. The house dates from the late 17th and early 18th centuries and contains a museum with displays on the geology, archaeology and later history of the area.

Barton was once a centre for rope, tile and brick making, a story told by the Industrial Museum in the former Stable Block. The Rural Crafts Museum has reconstructed stonemason, shoemaker, and wheelwright’s workshops. In the surrounding Leisure Park there are facilities for all the family and a secluded picnic area.


Where Romans Trod
Start:
Winterton
Description:
A circular route overlooking the valley of the River Ancholme through mainly arable countryside and along the Roman road, Ermine Street.
Attractions:
Roman roads and earlier settlements, ancient churches and deserted village sites.
Traffic Levels:
Moderate
Our starting point:

Winterton is an attractive small town. A wealth of historic buildings surround the market place,

overlooked by All Saints parish church with its mid 11th century tower and nave. The distinctive local stone is used for many of the handsome town and farmhouses. In July each year, the town celebrates with a mid summer show, a tradition for over one hundred years and one of the most popular in the region. Roxby has stone houses and farm buildings gathered around the 14th century church of St. Mary. In a garden between North and South Street lies the site of an important Roman dwelling, its mosaic floor occasionally exposed for viewing.


Medieval Maze and Victorian Splendour
Start:
Burton upon Stather
Description:
A circular route along mainly quiet country lanes. Spectacular views over the lower valley of the River Trent and its confluence with the Ouse and Humber.
Attractions:
Normanby Hall Country Park and Julian’s Bower turf maze
Traffic Levels:
Low, except in the vicinity of Burton upon Stather and Normanby.
Our starting point:
The pleasant village of Burton Upon Stather was once a ferry crossing point on the Trent, with a pier in 1865. Local tradition has it that on a clear day you can see the towers of York Minster from the parish church of St. Andrew. Down on the riverside, the old reed fringed clay pits are a remnant of brick making during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The village is the start of the Nev Cole Way, a 91km footpath to Nettleton in Lincolnshire.  West Halton village church is dedicated to St. Ethelreda, who, according to local tradition, whilst fleeing from London, was sheltered by the villagers on her way to Coldingham. She built the church as a gesture of thanks.

‘Tails’ of the Riverbank
Start:
Brigg
Description:
A circular route, crossing the North Lincolnshire boundary several times south of Brigg. The route lies within the Ancholme Valley, taking in attractive small villages, riverside scenery, the Roman road Ermine Street, and several interesting historic sites.
Attractions:
The market town of Brigg. The combined wind and watermill at Hibaldstow.
Traffic Levels:
Generally moderate apart from around Brigg, Scawby and Hibaldstow.
Our starting point:
Brigg is a bustling market town, which has held an annual Horse Fair on 5 August since 1215. World famous tenor, Gervase Elwes, lived there, starting the Brigg Music Festival in 1900. One of his frequent guests was Percy Grainger, who collected folk songs such as Brigg Fair, which was later immortalised by Delius. The town was once the centre of a thriving rabbit industry, with silver grey skins used to make muffs and tippets. Coney Court, one of the town’s many historic yards once had a busy rabbit skinning factory.

Iron and Agriculture
Start:
Civic Centre, Scunthorpe
Description:
A circular route, through the parks of Scunthorpe to the rich flood plains of the Trent, returning Through the attractive village of Messingham and historic Bottesford. The route connects with the Sandhills and Windmills ride.
Attractions:
Scunthorpe Heritage Trail, North Lincolnshire Museum, Central Park and the Ridge Walk, and St. Peter’s Church in Bottesford.
Traffic Levels:
Low to moderate for most of the route but high in Scunthorpe.
Our starting point:
In Scunthorpe’s beautiful 100- acre Central Park. On the skyline to the east, there are the four blast furnaces, affectionately known as the Queens – Mary, Bess, Anne and Victoria. A Steel Heritage Trail starts from North Lincolnshire Museum (a 5 minute detour towards town), tracing Scunthorpe’s development.

Sandhills and Windmills
Start:
Messingham
Description:
A circular route, passing through mainly open countryside on the higher ground of the Trent Valley and the western slope of the Lincoln Edge. The route takes in the attractive villages of Messingham and Manton.
Attractions:
The Nature Reserve at Messingham and Twigmoor Woods.
Traffic Levels:
Moderate except around Messingham
Our starting point:
In Messingham, a growing village on the outskirts of Scunthorpe. At the southern end of the High Street, George Dawes, the Victorian Ironmaster, built his house ‘Trent Holme’ in 1875. Looking more like a factory than a house it originally had a tower from which he could view his Scunthorpe works. The wood skirting the road has the unusual name of Black Walk Nook and like most local woods was planted during the last century. An attractive public bridleway runs along the northern side to the hillside hamlet of Manton. It is actually a lowland heathland, quite scarce in North Lincolnshire. Areas of woodland are being cleared to allow this heathland to develop.

Going Dutch
Start:
Beltoft
Description:
This circular cycle ride takes in many of the sights of the historic Isle of Axholme, through peaceful countryside to Epworth, home of the Wesleys, visiting Owston Ferry and West Butterwick on the Trent. The Isle of Axholme is rich in history. Once marsh and fenland, it was drained by the Dutch in 1626 by order of Charles I. Cornellus Vermuyden and his Dutch associates met with much opposition from the locals who saw the destruction of their way of life. There was great controversy over the distribution of the new land, causing much conflict with the commoners.
Attractions:
The Old Rectory at Epworth, site of Axholme Priory at Low Melwood and a fine example of Dutch architecture at Kelfield.
Traffic Levels:
Moderate, apart from the villages.
Our starting point:
The small village of Beltoft, just south of the M180 has an old pinfold where once straying or unclaimed stock were penned. As you leave the village, ride north taking the quiet road over the motorway reaching the Trent Bank at Derrythorpe Grange. The route turns south with good views of the rising ground of the Isle to the west.

The Haxey Strip
Start:
Epworth
Description:
A circular route, passing through open arable farming countryside with fine views, interesting small villages and historic sites.
Attractions:
The historic town of Epworth with the newly launched Wesley Trail, Epworth and Haxey Turbaries, areas of medieval strip farming and the Museum at Owston Ferry.
Traffic Levels:
Moderate away from the villages. One section of the route is more suitable for a sturdy cycle or, of course, one can always dismount and walk!
Our starting point:
Epworth, home of the Wesleys, is the birthplace of world Methodism. Why not take a self-guided tour of the well-established Wesley Trail? Leaflets are available from the Heritage centre, which has displays on the drainage of the Isle. An alternative ride leads to Haxey where in 1802 a six-foot wooden statue, thought to be of a Roman warrior, was discovered. The route takes the bridleway off Greenholme bank track, passing Haxey Turbary. From Haxey follow the road to Owston Ferry.