|To:||Bracebridge Heath (SK979675)|
|Via:||Melton Mowbray, Grantham|
|Distance:||54.1 miles (87.1 km)|
|Meets:||A594, A563, A46, B6047, A606, A6006, B676, A1, A52, B1174, A153, B1202, B1178, A15|
|Former Number(s):||A6, A46|
|Route outline (key)|
The road now starts in the centre of Leicester, at the junction with the A594 ring road, and heads purposefully along the Fosse Way towards Newark and Lincoln. This was originally part of the A6 and then A46 – the A607 started at a junction with the A46 in Syston.
Just before reaching this junction, the present A607 is diverted along the Syston bypass, halfway along which it meets the A46, coming across from the M1, which here resumes its original route after its long detour from Cheltenham. After a brief multiplex with the A46, the A607 cuts across on a new road of its own to Queniborough, where it crosses (but doesn't join just yet) its own original route. From here, with minor variations, it follows its original route all the way to Lincoln.
Firstly, it follows the River Wreake past East Goscote and Rearsby, after which the road finally joins its original route. Rotherby and Kirby Bellars are then passed, bringing the road to Melton Mowbray, where it meets the A606 and A6006 whilst on its route around the town's one-way system. Climbing now into the limestone country to the south of the Vale of Belvoir, it passes Waltham on the Wolds, Croxton Kerrial, and Harlaxton before descending to meet the Grantham Canal, which it follows under the A1 (at the junction of which it loses its primary status) to Grantham.
A brief multiplex with the A52 follows. Originally both 'A' roads multiplexed with the original Great North Road – now the B1174 – but now the two A roads multiplex along the new St Augustin Way parallel with the railway, each then crossing the B1174 High Street separately.
The A607 forms the "villages" route between the A1 and Lincoln, not as direct as the High Dyke route (B6403) and not as fast as the Newark route (A1/A46), but is probably the most scenic of the three, and certainly has some of the best names! To begin with it runs below the limestone ridge that bisects Lincolnshire from south to north, passing through Manthorpe, Belton, Syston (déjà vu!), Barkston and Honington. At Honington there is a TOTSO, the A153 heading for Sleaford, Tattershall and Horncastle, whilst the A607 turns off left and continues through Carlton Scroop, Normanton, Caythorpe and Fulbeck, before passing under the A17 (with no junction) to arrive at Leadenham, where there are traffic lights at the junction with the old A17, now unclassified, which is the only obvious way of getting from one A-road to the other.
Continuing now through Welbourn, the A607 finally summons up the energy to climb the ridge it has been following since before Grantham, to reach Wellingore and Navenby. The next village is Boothby Graffoe, the citizens of which are not too happy to have had their name adopted by a stand-up comedian with no connection to the place. Coleby, Harmston, Waddington and Bracebridge Heath follow. Buildings in Waddington are noticeably different from the traditional ancient limestone common in all the other villages – much of it was built during and after WWII, partly to serve the large RAF base there, and partly to replace buildings damaged in enemy raids targeting the airfield. The airfield itself played a large role as a bomber base during WWII, and more recently as a V-bomber base, but is now the home of AWACS early warning planes which can often be seen with the distinctive "mushrooms" on the upper fuselage. Waddington also gained notoriety as the place from which General Pinochet returned to Chile.
Along this section the A607 follows quite close to the edge of the ridge overlooking the Vale of Trent, along which can be seen the A46, which we last saw at Leicester, having taken the more direct route along the Roman Fosse Way via Newark. In Bracebridge Heath the A607 itself briefly follows the Roman Ermine Street. However, the A607 is fated not to be re-united with the A46, because in Bracebridge Heath it ends at a junction with the A15, which takes over the line of Ermine Street as it descends to meet the Fosse Way in the city of Lincoln.