Ride of the month Fishlake and Askern Ride
Start Fishlake church - 40km ride
This is a great ride for blowing the cobwebs away during the winter or early spring. The route is flat except for a small climb at Askern and on quite country lanes
The ride starts in Fishlake a village alongside the river Don with a long history from 875 with mention in the Doomsday book. Along the ride your will cross the canals and dykes of the area through rural farmland with many small hamlets. Places to rest and get a warm drink at the start in Fishlake and Askern boating lake.
Ride north along pinfold lane 1.8km before turning right onto sorrel lane
The next section will roughly track towards and alongside the river Don for 4.2km via sorrel lane, Geeseness lane, black Skye ln, Wormley hill lane, Rudgate Lane finally joining Pincheon lane.
At this point turn right travelling 9km towards Moss passing over the canal bridge through Sykehouse. Once you arrive at Moss continue for another 3.8km at which point you will enter arrive in the centre of Askern. If you’re ready for a warm drink pop into Boating lake café which welcomes cyclist.
Heading out of Askern you will need to travel for 250meter along the A19 north turning onto Campsall rd up the short climb. Continue for 2km into Campsall. As you enter Campsall passing the leisure centre follow the road as it turns right on to the avenue heading slightly down hill and pass the church. Stay on the road as it will merge into Suttonfield rd heading back to A19 2.8km later.
At the junction of the A19 carefully directly cross the road onto Rockley lane re-joining the quiet lanes heading back towards Thorpe –in-Balne 5km later. Rockley lane will merge into middle lane and cross over the railway turning left onto bell croft lane and finally left into Thorpe – in –Balne
Continue on Thorpe rd where you will come to T junction at the river Don. Turn left onto Marsh road towards Trumfleet and then along willow bridge ln into Braithwaite.
On entering Braithwaite turn left onto Brathwaite lane, then turning right 300meters later onto Top lane crossing the canal and then first left onto lodge lane. 1.3km later turn right on Jack Row lane which merges into Woodhouse Green rd and Plumtree hill rd .
You will then come to the T junction of Fishlake nab where turning right will bring you back to the start 1.5km later in Fishlake.
Fishlake a village alongside the river Don with a long history from 875 with mention in the Doomsday book.
The history of Askern can be traced back to the reign of Edward III.
The area of the lake and the surrounding wetland area have dominated much of the town's history, starting from the settlements at Sutton Common and continuing through to the spa of the Victorian era.
Askern, a small farming village, became known locally for its waters in the 18th century when Dr Short, in his book Mineral Waters of Yorkshire, refers to the waters as having a most unpleasant odour and taste.
During the 19th century Askern started to gain a reputation as having water with healing properties. At this time the lords of the manor built the first bathhouse called Manor Baths. After this other baths were built, until in the late 19th century Askern had earned the title of Spa, and had 5 bathhouses; and the water could also be taken at the Spa Hydropathic Establishment.
Askern came to be the place to stay, and the railway was built to enable people from across the Pennines to come and partake of the healing waters.Many people were now coming to Askern by road and rail. Hotels were being built and guesthouses lined Station Road and Moss Road.
Then in the early years of the 20th century the quest for coal identified a good seam of coal near Askern. It was decided to access the coal from a mine built above the village, and with the mine came the people to build it. As the mine opened the new village was built to house the workers and their families. This new population was at odds with the well-to-do visitors. As the First World War started, the death knell was sounded for Askern Spa and the spa visitors declined to no more than a few regulars.
Once again Askern changed direction and became a thriving pit village, which welcomed people from all over the country to work and live in the area, giving the town a mixed background. The mine's coal was regarded as highest quality,