Sunday, April 30, 2017



You sometimes see Brigg described as being The Gateway to the Wolds, the aim of the slogan being to inform visitors and tourists, most of whom arrive in our town by car - seven days a week - or passenger train only on Saturdays.
However, Brigg is also the gateway to the hills of Lincolnshire for enthusiasts of two-wheel transport.
Yesterday morning We saw a Parka-wearing group aboard vintage scooters negotiating the Monument roundabout, heading off along the A1084 towards Bigby and the Wolds.
During warmer months, motor-cyclists, in their leathers, also take this route, either to ride roads and leafy lanes in the hills or to journey to Cadwell Park, near Louth, to spectate at one of the historic Lincolnshire race circuit's meetings.
A good many scooter owners and bikers stop off in Brigg for refreshments.
The White Horse pub (Wetherspoon's) is a popular spot, with motor-cycles and scooters propped up on the paved area near the front of the hostelry.
Years ago, of course, nearby Ks Corner Cafe - now occupied by the China Garden takeaway - was a renowned meeting place for devotees of two-wheel transport.
In case you missed our recent post about Brigg Bike Night 2017 it will be held on Friday, July 7, in the town centre
Machines - and owners - of all ages will be meeting up to enjoy this impressive, free spectacle.
Some of them will be riding into Brigg from the Wolds, which will make a nice change.

PICTURED: Above - bikers tackling Bigby Hill along the A1084 from Brigg to Caistor; below - machines of various makes outside the Nelthorpe Arms, during Brigg Bike Night 2016.

1 comment:

Ken Harrison said...

.....I prefer the idiom, 'the Pathway to the Wolds', Nige.
Other towns already use the 'Gateway'.
Historically, 'Pathway' can be accurately attributed to Brigg...there is a known, but not fully investigated, Bronze Age trackway that formed a route accross the pre-drained Ancholme valley, which led to a Bronze Age settlement somewhere in the locality of the present Market Place/Tesco store.
It could be reliably assumed that this pathway would have continued along the ridge leading towards Wrawby and beyond into the Wolds.
There is some debate whether the trackway, descibed as 'a massive structure' was continous from somewhere around Castlethorpe to Brigg, or for strategic defensive purposes, terminated in a jetty from whete travellers needed to cross a section of water by Brigg Raft.
A water gap would reduce the opportunity of an invasive group attacking the Brinze Age settlement en-masse, as well as allowing the river to flow more freely without a trackway creating some sort of dam.