Lincoln BIG today challenged people to don their walking boots or hop on their bikes and explore the city and county in celebration of the centenary of the RAF.
The Business Improvement Group and its sister organisation Visit Lincoln want people to have fun discovering eight exciting new trails – four for walkers and four for cyclists. All have been devised as part of this year’s RAF100 events and attractions.
The 100 Voices Trails will be ready for families and individuals to enjoy from Saturday, May 5 and will stay in place through the Summer, until the end of September.
Each of the routes will feature 100 voices on “wings” – groups of eye-catching information panels, relating the stories of people who have experienced life in the RAF from its foundation in 1918 through peace times and during conflict, which led to Lincolnshire becoming known as Bomber County.
The stories on the “wings” – which are displayed throughout the walks and cycle rides are based on information compiled through research carried out for the special “100 voices” project.
These fantastic trails include walks and cycle routes which are designed to appeal to both occasional hikers and cyclists to ardent enthusiasts.
The walking routes include:
- The Spitfire Trail (1.5 miles)
- Hawk Trail (1 mile)
- Lancaster Trail (4.5 miles)
- Sopwith Camel Trail (6 miles)
- Proctor Trail (12 miles)
The shortest walks (Spitfire and Hawk) are based around Lincoln City Centre and take about an hour to complete.
The Lancaster Trail takes walkers in the vicinity of the International Bomber Command Centre just south of Lincoln and the Sopwith Camel trail is an urban hike with hidden surprises.
The circular Cycle Routes include: The Proctor Trail (12 miles); Handley Page Trail (45 miles); Hampden Trail (38 miles) and Tiger Moth Trail (55 miles).
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said:
This year’s centenary of the RAF (RAF 100) has given us an unmissable opportunity to devise some new trails which are designed to attract walkers and cyclists.
We are also proud that we have been able to make them educational too, by creating the display “wings” which will tell people much more about the life of the RAF and its importance to Lincolnshire over the decades, through to the present day.
The cycling trails explore the countryside around Lincoln and take riders to places which have a rich association with the RAF – from former airfields to today’s operational sites and the RAF “school” at Cranwell.
As an added attraction, those taking part in the Trails have an opportunity to “earn their wings” by completing questions on five of the routes.
Once participants have collected their five wings, they can pick-up their “pilot’s licence” from the Lincoln Visitor Information Centre in Castle Hill, Lincoln. See our Trail leaflets and the website: www.visitlincoln.com/100voices for more details.
Visit Lincoln Chief Executive Lydia Rusling said:
Following on from the Lincoln Barons’ Charter Trail and the Lincoln Knights’ Trail, these new trails complement our RAF Lincolnshire activities this year. They will hopefully get visitors and locals alike exploring the city and county in more depth. All follow an RAF theme which is so important to our county.
The Official Trail Sponsors are:
- Hawk Trail – Lincolnshire Co-operative
- Lancaster Trail – GAME Engineering
- Hampden Trail – University of Lincoln
- Handley Page Trail – St Marks Shopping Centre
- Proctor Trail – Stagecoach East Midlands
- Sopwith Camel Trail – Burton Road Chippy
- Spitfire Trail – Siemens
- Tiger Moth Trail – The Petwood Hotel