Grantham to Bottesford

The Grantham Canal is a great place to explore and discover the local plant and animal life. The canal was built in 1797 for transporting coal by boat to Grantham. For nearly 50 years, the Grantham Canal Society has been working towards the restoration of this scenic area.

The Grantham to Bottesford cycle route is a combination of on-, but mostly off-road cycling along the Grantham Canal towpath. The route is relatively flat with the occasional elevation due to the canal locks.


Grantham and Bottesford are located in south Lincolnshire.

Let’s Pedal

At the beginning, you will ride on the road until you reach the canal towpath.

The Grantham to Bottesford cycle route begins at Grantham Museum on St. Peter’s Hill (NG31 6PY). Head west on Wharf Road (A52) then second left at the junction onto Harlaxton Road (A607).

Before you come to the roundabout for the A1, turn right, off the road, onto the canal towpath (signposted NCN 15 / Grantham Canal) and head west.

Leave the towpath at Muston Bridge, and take Woolsthorpe Lane north-west continuing on Easthorpe Lane. At the T-junction, turn left then turn right onto Castle View Road. Follow the road round to the left (Manor Road) and then right (Easthorpe Road). At the end of the road, turn right then left into Station Road. Head to the railway station and the end of the route.

As this is a canal towpath, there will often by hawthorn and blackthorn hedges which have to be clipped in autumn and winter. Thorns equal punctures. Make sure you are prepared.

Route Distance

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You will find a number of refreshment stops available in or near:

Grantham, Muston (The Old Forge Tea Rooms), Bottesford centre.

Public houses can be found near:

Grantham, Woolsthorpe (The Dirty Duck is by the canal), Muston, Bottesford.



No public toilets along this route. Customer toilets at refreshment stops available.

Cycle Hire:

No cycle hire available.

Tourist information:

Guildhall Arts Centre, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham NG31 6PZ.

How to get here

By Car

Grantham is located in the south of Lincolnshire and is accessible via the A1 from the north and south, and A52 from east and west.

Car Parking

Pay and Display parking available near the route at these locations:

Car ParkLocationPostcodePrice
Wharf Road Car parkGranthamNG31 6BG£1.80 – 3 Hours
£6.00 – 4 Hours
£8.00 – Max
Bottesford StationBottesfordNG13 0GTUnknown

By Cycle

The Grantham to Bottesford cycle route uses part of the National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 15 from Grantham to Muston Meadows. NCN 64 from Melton Mowbray links with NCN 15 at The Dirty Duck public house.

By Train

Grantham or Bottesford.


  • Distance (miles): 11
  • Distance (km): 17
  • Start: Grantham Museum
  • Finish: Bottesford Station
  • Type: Canal Towpath, road
  • Surface: Tarmac, gravel, earth
  • Sat Nav: NG31 6PY


  • Car Park
  • Free Entry
  • Refreshments
  • Tourist Information
  • Cycle Hire
  • Picnic Site
  • Toilets

Cycle Hire

No cycle hire available.

Opening Times

Open all year round except for any temporary closures due to works.


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