Fishtoft

Description

Enjoy a circular walk through the low lying fens between the village of Fishtoft and The Haven. Fishtoft lies two miles (three kilometres) east of Boston and was mentioned in the Domesday Book as Toft. The walk gives an insight into man's influence on the local landscape, passing drains, a pumping station and the straightened channel of The Haven. Using field paths, tracks and river banks, it may be muddy in places. 

Distance

Five miles (eight kilometres)
2.5 hours

Starting point
St Guthlac Church
Clampgate Road
Fishtoft
PE21 0RZ
Grid reference: TF 363 425
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Directions
  1. With your back to the church gate, turn right and follow the road to the right for approximately 500m to Clampgate Bridge, which spans the Hobhole Drain.
  2. Turn right onto the footpath just before the bridge to follow the west bank of the drain. Follow the path for approx. 0.75 miles (1.2 kilometres), to join the road.
  3. Cross the road and continue in the same direction along a footpath through on top of the bank to open fields. Continue ahead along the field edge to emerge at the side of the drain. The building ahead and to the left is the Hobhole Pumping Station. Continue along the path to a stone track.
  4. Turn right towards a row of old coastguard cottages on the right, and then almost immediately left along a public footpath to the banks of The Haven. Turn right along the bank and past the Jolly Sailor (once a public house) and Horizons art installation, to the Pilgrim Fathers Memorial. Continue along the river bank and walk through the small car park. Follow alongside the river heading towards Boston. The Boston Stump now being in full view.
  5. Continue straight on beside the river.
  6. After 1 mile (1.6 kilometres) from the Memorial car park, you will reach Corporation point, and the path splits into two. Take the right-hand path away from the river heading towards the large warehouse. At a junction of paths turn right down some steps, over a bridge and alongside the warehouse to a road.
  7. Turn left and then right along a public footpath which runs along the field edge and beside a ditch. Follow the path beside the ditch as it winds its way across the field heading for Fishtoft village. Where the ditch meets a larger drain turn left and follow the path beside the drain (with the drain on your right).
  8. The path will eventually pass some allotments and houses to join a tarmac drive to the village. Turn left at the road and then right at the junction  to return to the starting point.
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Accessibility and suitability

The walk uses roadside pavements, field paths and river bank paths. There are no stiles, you may encounter livestock.

Facilities available on this walk
  • parking
  • refreshments
  • village/town
Features of this walk
  • historical interest
  • river
  • wildlife interest
Map of starting point