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Boston and Witham Way Country Park

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Boston and Witham Way Country Park
Author: Claire, Published: 05 Dec 2016 Walk Rating:star1 Boston and Witham Way Country Park Walking Guide star1 Boston and Witham Way Country Park Walking Guide star1 Boston and Witham Way Country Park Walking Guide star1 Boston and Witham Way Country Park Walking Guide star0 Boston and Witham Way Country Park Walking Guide
Lincolnshire, Boston
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Boston and Witham Way Country Park
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Boston and Witham Way Country Park Walking Guide
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A 4.5km (3 mile) circular walk from the town of Boston in Lincolnshire. There’s a bit of something for everyone on this walk…pretty views of the river, a magnificent church, boat-life, wildlife, cobbled streets, woodland and even chance to show off your skills on some outdoor training apparatus.

The walk is generally flat, with just a couple of very gentle slopes. It follows surfaced paths throughout, although these can have a bit of surface mud or leaf coverings at certain times of year. There are no gates, stiles or livestock on route. The only obstacles to negotiate are one stretch of cobbled street, one road crossing and one very generous chicane. With this in mind, the route would be suitable for pushchairs and disability buggies. Allow 1.5 hours.

There are plenty of options for refreshments within Boston and there is also a picnic site in Witham Way Country Park. There are public toilets at the entrance to Central Park, about a 5-minute walk from the Market Place (follow the black signs).

The walk starts and finishes outside the Assembly Rooms in the Market Place, in the centre of Boston. Approximate post code PE21 6NN. If you are coming by bus, the Fish Hill bus stops are directly outside the Assembly Rooms. If you are coming by car, the parking in Market Place is limited to 1 hour, so instead you will need to park in the Custom House Quay Car Park (approximate post code PE21 6NH) which costs £2.50 for 2 hours Mon-Sat and £1.20 on Sundays, or the Chalky Car Park (approximate post code PE21 6HL) which costs £2 for 3 hours Mon-Sat and 90p per day on Sundays (fees correct December 2016). Both these car parks are less than a five-minute walk from the Market Place.

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Walk Sections

Start to Footbridge
Start to Footbridge

Start point: 52.9776 lat, -0.0243 long
End point: 52.9778 lat, -0.0256 long

The walk starts outside the Assembly Rooms (a large cream building with a clock and columns on the frontage) at the southern end of Market Place (near the river). Standing on the pavement outside the Assembly Rooms facing the main entrance, turn right along the pavement to enter the narrow, cobbled Street, Church Street.

You will see the tall tower of St Botolph’s Church directly ahead. This is surely one of the prettiest streets in Boston, a quaint and secluded corner of the town which is home to a number of shops, a cafe and the Britannia Inn.

At the end of the short stretch of Church Street, turn left to cross the modern arched footbridge over the river.

Footbridge to Grand Sluice
Footbridge to Grand Sluice

Start point: 52.9778 lat, -0.0256 long
End point: 52.9814 lat, -0.0299 long

At the far side of the bridge, turn sharp right and join the paved walkway (signed to the Marina), with the river on your right. From here you will have a perfect view of St Botolph’s Church on the opposite side of the river.

St Botolph’s Church, known locally as The Stump, is one of the largest parish churches in the country. The origins of the nickname are much debated, but perhaps the most believable tale is that a whole generation of locals saw the tower only as a partially constructed stump, given that it took 70 years to complete. At 83 metres high, the views from the top of the tower are outstanding, stretching to about 50km (30 miles). The oldest part of the current church dates from 1309 and it was constructed to mirror the calendar. The roof is supported by 12 pillars (months), the church has 52 windows (weeks), 7 doors (days of the week) and there is a total of 365 steps to the tip of the tower (days of the year). There are also 24 steps to the library (hours) and 60 steps to the roof (minutes and seconds). Enough about the church though…

Continue ahead staying alongside the river, passing beside Irby Place and Haven Bank. Go straight ahead to join the next pedestrian stretch, which is lined with sycamore and horse chestnut trees. You will emerge to a junction with the road, alongside the rail and road crossings at the Grand Sluice. This is a good place to pause and understand the roots of Boston’s prosperity…

Boston sits at the point where the River Witham empties into The Haven, a tidal arm of The Wash. Boston reached its zenith in the medieval period when it was the second busiest port in Britain. The Grand Sluice was built in 1766 (having just celebrated its 250th birthday!). It brought enormous benefits to Boston…preventing flooding upstream, stopping the river silting up and so allowing reliable river navigation between Boston and Lincoln.

Grand Sluice to Country Park
Grand Sluice to Country Park

Start point: 52.9814 lat, -0.0299 long
End point: 52.9878 lat, -0.038 long

Cross over the road ahead (with care) to reach the far pavement and turn right along this, crossing the road bridge (with the rail bridge across to your left). At the far side, turn immediately left, signed as the Cycle Way to Tattershall and Woodhall Spa. You will pass Grand Sluice Lock on your left and the Haven Cafe on your right, housed in an old warehouse building (a reminder of the times when this was a busy port).

Follow the access road, passing under the railway bridge and passing the Witham Tavern on your right. Beyond this, keep ahead on the pedestrian stretch of riverside path. You will pass Boston Gateway Marina on your left, several properties on your right and then a modern housing development, The Riverside, also on your right.

About 100 metres after the housing development, stay with the tarmac path as it bears right, passing through a generous staggered chicane. Continue ahead on the path, which runs parallel to the river. You will come to a fork in the path with a number of tall, white signposts, resembling railway signals. This gives a clue to the history of this riverside path. It was once a rail line and has since been reclaimed for recreation.

Fork right here to enter Witham Way Country Park.

Country Park to Picnic Site
Country Park to Picnic Site

Start point: 52.9878 lat, -0.038 long
End point: 52.9901 lat, -0.0386 long

Follow the tarmac footpath leading you through the woodland. There are some beautiful examples of coppiced trees on this stretch. Coppiced trees are recognisable from their multiple stems or trunks coming from the base. Young tree stems are repeatedly cut down to the base and the wood is harvested every few years. This prolongs the life of the tree and benefits a range of wildlife.

Beyond the woodland stretch, continue ahead passing an open grass area on your right and then a fenced picnic area, also on your right.

Picnic Site to Riverside Path
Picnic Site to Riverside Path

Start point: 52.9901 lat, -0.0386 long
End point: 52.9915 lat, -0.0432 long

You will come to a T-junction in the path, marked with another railway signpost. Turn left here to join the path signed to Antons Gowt. Stay with this tarmac path, meandering through the country park.

Along this stretch there is chance to test your balance and strength on the various outdoor training equipment. As you can see from the photo, allowing your dog to join in will only add to the challenge!

You will emerge to a T-junction in the path, marked with an ornate metal signpost for National Cycle Network Route 1. Just behind this signpost (but perhaps out of sight at this point) is the river – you have now reached a junction with the riverside path once again.

Riverside Path to End
Riverside Path to End

Start point: 52.9915 lat, -0.0432 long
End point: 52.9777 lat, -0.0242 long

Turn left here (signed to Boston Town Centre) passing some more outdoor training equipment on your right. Sit ups, anyone?! Follow the tarmac path ahead, with the river running on your right and The Stump clearly visible ahead. Further along you will pass the collection of white signposts on your left, that you should recognise from the outward leg of your walk.

From this point, you will be retracing your steps back to Boston Market Place. Simply keep ahead, soon passing through the chicane and bearing left along the riverbank. Pass The Riverside development and then some older properties on your left and keep ahead to pass under the rail bridge. Turn right to cross the road bridge and, immediately afterwards, turn left, crossing the road to join the riverside walkway (signed to the Town Centre). Continue ahead to reach the white arched footbridge and turn left to cross this. At the far side, turn immediately right along Church Street and this will lead you back to the Assembly Rooms where the walk began.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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Footbridge over the river.
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The magnificent church

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The Grand Sluice
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The picnic area in the Witham Way Country Park
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