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Frampton Marsh Reedbed Trail

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Frampton Marsh Reedbed Trail
Author: lslborrill, Published: 17 Mar 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Frampton Marsh Reedbed Trail Walking Guide star1 Frampton Marsh Reedbed Trail Walking Guide star1 Frampton Marsh Reedbed Trail Walking Guide star1 Frampton Marsh Reedbed Trail Walking Guide star1 Frampton Marsh Reedbed Trail Walking Guide
Lincolnshire, Boston
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Frampton Marsh Reedbed Trail
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot Frampton Marsh Reedbed Trail Walking Guide
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IMPORTANT NOTE: Dogs are NOT permitted on this trail as it follows paths within a private RSPB reserve.

A 2.5km (1.5 mile) circular walk around the reedbeds at the RSPB Frampton Marsh reserve near Boston in Lincolnshire. There are plenty of birds and wildlife to see at RSPB Frampton Marsh, varying throughout the seasons. If required, volunteers and staff are available on site to help both those new to, and experienced at, bird watching. Alternatively, you can explore by yourself and enjoy the relaxing natural environment. Families are welcome at RSPB Frampton Marsh; with kid's activity backpacks and pond dipping nets available to hire, and the ‘Kids Zone’ in the 360 hide with colouring sheets and ‘Be a Warden’ board game.

Entry to the reserve is free, although you can make a voluntary donation. This reedbed trail is generally flat on a surfaced (compacted aggregate) track around the reedbeds; although these can become wet in winter. There are two gates on the route: the first near the start of the walk (as you turn along the track to the hides) and the second towards the end (on the final stretch back to the visitor centre). The first is a freely swinging gate and the second has a latch. There are no stiles on the route. Although not part of the trail, walking from the car park to the visitor centre and the start of the trail does involve crossing an infrequently used road. Dogs are NOT permitted on this reedbed trail, or in the hides. Instead, dogs are welcome on the nearby public footpaths and seabanks. Allow 1 hour.

The visitor centre sells hot and cold drinks, and cold snacks. There are picnic tables next to the visitor centre and benches around the trail.

RSPB Frampton Marsh is signposted from the A16 between Boston and Kirton. Car parking is signposted once you have entered the reserve. Approximate post code PE20 1AY. National Cycle Route 1 is about 2.5km from the reserve entrance. Boston is the nearest train station, about 4 miles (6.4 km) away. The nearest bus stop is in Kirton village, about 3 miles (5 km) from the reserve entrance. The 113 Brylaine bus and the 58 Kimes bus run from Boston through Kirton on weekdays and Saturdays. There are no buses on Sundays. From the centre of Kirton, take Station Road towards the A16. Cross over the A16 and take Horseshoe Lane towards Frampton. Follow this road through the village of Frampton and beyond for approximately 2.8 miles (4.5 km) until you reach the visitor centre. The reserve is also served by the ‘Call Connect’ on demand bus service from Boston. This operates 7am – 7pm weekdays, 8am – 6pm Saturday. For more details call 0845 2343344 or visit lincsinterconnect.com. The Macmillan Way long-distance footpath (starting in Boston) crosses the reserve.

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Walk Sections

Start to Sign for Hides
Start to Sign for Hides

Start point: 52.9314 lat, 0.0188 long
End point: 52.9297 lat, 0.0213 long

With the visitor centre behind you, facing the car park opposite, turn left along a narrow surfaced track. On your left will be the reedbed, and on your right will be the single-track road (and beyond this the wet grassland). Brown hares are often seen on these fields, and in winter they are a feeding area for thousands of ducks and plovers.

Sign for Hides to Small Bridge
Sign for Hides to Small Bridge

Start point: 52.9297 lat, 0.0213 long
End point: 52.931 lat, 0.0235 long

At the wooden sign for the hides and wash, take the track to your left that is signposted to the hides. This will keep the reedbed on your left and will involve going through the first gate on the walk. Once you have turned the corner, a metal and wooden sculpture will be visible. This sculpture is called ‘Reflector’ and was paid for and installed by Arts Council England, through the Transported Arts project.

Small Bridge to 360 Hide
Small Bridge to 360 Hide

Start point: 52.931 lat, 0.0235 long
End point: 52.9301 lat, 0.0251 long

The track becomes narrower between the small bridge and the 360 hide. Turn right to visit the 360 hide, which is enclosed from the reserve by a high-sided bank.

Inside the 360 hide, there are plenty of activities and opportunities for all the family to be entertained; including colouring sheets, eye-spy games and being surrounded on all sides by birds. This hide looks over the scrapes that are home to wading birds, including the RSPB’s emblem, the avocet.

360 Hide to Reedbed Hide
360 Hide to Reedbed Hide

Start point: 52.9301 lat, 0.0251 long
End point: 52.9319 lat, 0.0244 long

Follow the hide access path back to the junction with the main path, and turn right to continue with the walk. On your left-hand side there is another hide (the Reedbed Hide) for you to visit. Here you can see the variety of ducks that are found on the reedbeds. Access to the reedbed hide is via either large shallow steps or a ramp.

Reedbed Hide to Junction with Signpost
Reedbed Hide to Junction with Signpost

Start point: 52.9319 lat, 0.0244 long
End point: 52.9336 lat, 0.0249 long

After visiting the reedbed hide, turn left onto the main path to continue the walk. The reedbed reserve will be on your left-hand side. At the T-junction, turn left, signposted to the visitor centre. The 360 hide, reedbed hide and visitor centre will be behind you.

Junction with Signpost to Edge of Reserve
Junction with Signpost to Edge of Reserve

Start point: 52.9336 lat, 0.0249 long
End point: 52.9346 lat, 0.015 long

Follow the track, with the reedbed on your left. On your right, there is a large open field (not part of RSPB Frampton Marsh). On the final part of this section (near the corner) there are wildflower strips; a riot of colour attracting many different butterflies and bees in the spring and summer. Follow the track as it bends left.

Edge of Reserve to End
Edge of Reserve to End

Start point: 52.9346 lat, 0.015 long
End point: 52.9314 lat, 0.0188 long

Keep following the track with the reedbed on your left. The visitor centre will now be in front of you. Along this part of the trail, you will pass a pond-dipping platform on your right. This is a great place to see dragonflies in the summer, or look into the water to see sticklebacks. The track leads you directly back to the visitor centre where the walk began.

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