|A 600 with everything; a climb over the Pennines, over the Humber estuary on the world's 7th longest bridge, out onto the flat lands of Lincolnshire and Holland, and some marvellous 24 hour motorway services.|
|Total Distance:||600km |
|Climbing:||AAA points: 0 Total ascent: 2800m Max elevation: 492m|
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|Start/finish:||Poynton (south east of Stockport).|
Alternative starts (if you can get a timed receipt, carpark ticket or bank ATM slip to authenticate your start and finish times): Delph, Askern, Brough, Gainsborough, Wragby, Boston, Colsterworth, Donington, Stone, Prees Heath
|Controls:||* 27km: Greenfield - Tesco, ATM|
* 93km: Askern - Lakeside Cafe, Scooter Centre Cafe, Co-op, ATM
*151km: Brough - Cafe Indulge, Morrisons, ATM
*215km: Gainsborough - Morrisons cafe, ATM
*254km: Wragby - Co-op
*304km: Boston - ASDA, McDonalds, ATM
*358km: Colsterworth - A1 services
*414km: Donington - M1 services
*487km: Stone - M6 services
*530km: Prees Heath - Raven Cafe, Petrol Station, ATM (in Whitchurch)
*601km: Poynton - Co-op, ATM
* indicates controls available 24 hours
|Some Useful Cafes:|| 96km: Askern, Lakeside Cafe|
151km: Brough, Cafe Indulge
215km: Gainsborough, Morrisons
306km: Boston, McDonalds (24 hours at weekends)
415km: Donington, M1 services
486km: Stone, M6 services
529km: Prees Heath, Raven cafe
|Timings:||20 hours 00 mins (30 kph) - 41 hours 57 mins (14.3kph )|
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Boston Stump, a prominent landmark in the Fens
Pull yourself together and complete your Wigley Super Perms series by riding 'A Pair of Kirtons'.
It starts off with a Pennine Crossing, climbing to a high-point of 492m on Saddleworth Moor. This road is called the Isle of Skye Road by locals, after the inn of that name that used to be here. It burnt down 50 years ago but there are no other landmarks on this bleak moor so the name has stuck.
After that, we head east onto the Yorkshire flat lands. Our destination is the spectacular Humber Bridge, a multimillion pound crossing from Humberside to, well no-where really.
The whole of Lincolnshire now stretches before you with some inviting lanes. It's not absolutely flat, with a climb to Kirton in Lindsey (55m) and Chapel Hill (7m). Pause a while at Gainsborough Morrisons cafe.
Be warned; there's nowhere to hide on the dead straight Holland Fen, so if it's windy you will have your work cut out. You are aiming for Boston, famous for its Stump, a 24 hour McDonalds and a 24 hour ASDA.
The Humber Bridge, a Lincolnshire landmark
The Boston-Stone section of the route has been designed with over-night riding in mind; the navigation is easy and there are 24 hour services at Colsterworth, Donington and Stone. If you time it right, you could even have a few hours sleep at the Colsterworth Travelodge.
On the way back to Poynton, you call at Prees Heath where you will find one of my favourite cafes, the Raven.