I´ve been told today that Castle Barge is closed at the moment, and has gone away for refurbishment. This is still a lovely ride out though, and you can always detour to Rumbles Cafe at Devon and Sconce Park in Newark, which is not too far away.
A nice steady rural route to Newark, taking in the cool roller coaster road, between Bradmore village and Plumtree. The route follows though Cotgrave and along a nice long straight to Straghlethorpe. The route then goes off through Radcliffe and Shelford before emerging near to Gunthorpe Bridge. The next little stretch of main road between Gunthorpe and Lowdham has a erasing speed cameras, so be warned! The route then follows through Caythorpe towards ferry farm, where there´s a nice pull in next to the river trent. My route then continues though Hoveringham, Thurgarton, Goverton, Bleasby and Fiskerton. After which there is another pull in place by the river trent, if you need to adjust your nads and have a minute. The route then continues through Rolleston, before joining the main road into Newark. The carpark at Castle Barge if free for bikes, as long as you park in the designated Motorcycle area. In the barge, you can grab a drink and a half decent pizza etc. The place also has free WiFi.
All in all, a nice ride out, if you´re a fairly steady rider like me. Maybe not for Sports bike riders, but I think most of you would love this ride. ????????????