Boston - river and rail - short

Description

On this circular walk you will experience both town and country taking in some of the historic streets of Boston, crossing fertile fenland fields and walking beside both a river and a man-made drain. The route is shown in red on the drawing.

Distance

3.5 miles (5.5 kilometres)
1.75 hours

Starting point
Tourist Information Centre and The Haven
South Square
South Street
Boston
Grid reference TF 328 438
Directions
  1. Leave The Haven and TIC and turn right. Cross the Market Place and turn left along Church Lane (in front of the statue of Herbert Ingram).
  2. Walk over the pedestrian bridge and turn immediately right. Follow the river bank, signed to the marina.
  3. At the Grand Sluice bridge cross the road and the railway line, and continue alongside the river and past the marina.
  4. After approximately 1.25 miles (two kilometres) (and at a fence line) leave the river bank down a slope to a road opposite one of Boston Woods Trust's recently planted woods, Beech Wood. It is well worth making a detour and exploring this woodland.
  5. Turn left and follow the road, past Grange Wood, into the housing area. After the first group of bungalows on the left turn left along the public footpath next to a hedge. At the road continue straight ahead along Carlton road. Walk past the play area and at the end of the open green space turn left along the path to the river bank. Turn right and follow the river bank path back to the Grand Sluice bridge. Turn left over the bridge and follow the road to the traffic lights. Continue straight on along Witham Place. As the road bends, continue straight on along Wormgate. Turn left in front of the Stump to return to the Market Place. Cross the Market Place and walk along South Street to return to the starting point.
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Accessibility/suitability
Has no stiles.
Facilities available on this walk
  • linked to public transport
  • parking
  • refreshments
  • toilets
Features of this walk
  • fens
  • historical interest
  • wildlife interest
  • woodland
Map of starting point