The cycle route follows as nearly as is practicable the historical route of Queen Eleanor’s 1290 funeral procession which left Harby and proceeded South from Lincoln in November 1290 using the Roman Road, Ermine Street.
The route follows cyclist-friendly roads and tracks, entering London via the Lea Valley and City, ultimately to the magnificent Westminster Abbey, Eleanor’s final resting place. It is suitable for cyclists of varying ability and has been gently honed over 4 years of enjoyable cycling. The route takes in the best of the English countryside in Lincolnshire , Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and into London, via some of the most interesting and attractive historical places.
The group event starts at the
Daily mileages for the group event are approximately:
- Friday – 34 miles (Harby to Grantham)
- Saturday – 58 miles (Grantham to Geddington)
- Sunday – 64 miles (Geddington to Dunstable)
- Monday – 52 miles (Dunstable to London)
The highlights of the journey along the route are:
- Send off at the Parish Church of Harby.
- Visit the site of Simon de Weston’s House in which Eleanor died.
- Conducted tour of Lincoln Cathedral including the Angel Choir where the replica tomb housing the viscera of Queen Eleanor resides.
- Visit the site of the original cross at Grantham to view a plaque erected in 2015 to commemorate it.
- Being met by the Geddington Voluntary Fire Brigade on the outskirts of Geddington and processing to the Cross.
- An opportunity to visit Geddington Parish church which Edward & Eleanor attended.
- Lunch in the beautiful gardens at De La Pre Abbey near Northampton.
- Visit the original cross at Hardingstone
- Visit St George Church, Worburn Abbey for tea and an organ recital
- Lunch at Waltham Abbey
- A short service in the Edward the Confessor chapel at Westminster Abbey which houses the splendid original tomb of Queen Eleanor.