Came up with this when I needed a quickish route for a DIY 200km Audax for September 2011 after a GPS failure on a 400km attempt meant that I had a break in my RRTY attempt. Nothing amazingly fancy, but because of the aforementioned GPS failure I wanted a route with some decent places to get ‘proof of passage’. Nottingham city centre is crawling with early opening places and cash machines, Bourne has a cash machine and a couple of early opening shops even on a Sunday morning, Woodhill Spa has plenty of cafes that do receipts, Lincoln has all the usual cash machines and then it’s back to Nottingham.
It’s all pretty good roads with very little that isn’t paved decently. There are a couple of mainish roads but nothing too horrible, and if you don’t mind a few extra kms most of the them can be avoided). I ended up time trialing it down the side of the A46 to Newark as I got caught in a big thunderstorm and wasn’t happy riding through the woods by thurlby with lightning about.
Most of the climbing, such as there is at 896m total, is in the first section to Bourne, though Carlton hill back into nottingham is a bit of a shock.
GPX of the route: here