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Frampton Marsh Grassland Trail

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Frampton Marsh Grassland Trail
Author: lslborrill, Published: 23 Mar 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Frampton Marsh Grassland Trail Walking Guide star1 Frampton Marsh Grassland Trail Walking Guide star1 Frampton Marsh Grassland Trail Walking Guide star1 Frampton Marsh Grassland Trail Walking Guide star0 Frampton Marsh Grassland Trail Walking Guide
Lincolnshire, Boston
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Frampton Marsh Grassland Trail
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Frampton Marsh Grassland Trail Walking Guide boot Frampton Marsh Grassland Trail Walking Guide
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A 4km (2.5 mile) circular walk around the sea wall and grassland at the RSPB Frampton Marsh reserve near Boston in Lincolnshire. This circular trail takes in the quieter areas of the reserve. 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.

Entry to the reserve is free, although you can make a voluntary donation. The trail begins using a compacted aggregate path. There is a short section on a limited use single-track road, at the start and end of the walk. These sections are generally flat. The sea wall path is grassed and so is uneven with undulations. The entire trail can become muddy when wet. The sea wall is accessed via either 16 steps or a sloped path. There are a few steps to the lower sea wall. Dogs are welcome on this grassland trail, as it follows public rights of way, but dogs are not allowed into the visitor centre or other parts of the reserve. Allow 1.5 hours.

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

Walk Sections

Start to Sea Wall
Start to Sea Wall

Start point: 52.9314 lat, 0.0188 long
End point: 52.9247 lat, 0.0284 long

With the Visitor Centre behind you and facing the car park, turn left to follow a compacted aggregate path. On your left there will be the reedbed, and on your right the single-track access road. After passing the sign and gate for the 360 hide, continue ahead up a short, moderately steep incline towards the wash. The path then joins the access road coming to car park, so take care of occasional traffic here. Along the road on your left there is firstly freshwater scrapes and then secondly wet grassland. Once you have passed the car parking area on your right, continue forward onto the gravel path between the low fence and the post. At the end of this path, you will arrive at the bottom of the sea wall.

Sea Wall to Lower Sea Wall
Sea Wall  to Lower Sea Wall

Start point: 52.9247 lat, 0.0284 long
End point: 52.9208 lat, 0.0219 long

Access to the sea wall is either by means of 16 steps or by means of a sloped ramp path on your right - take whichever you prefer. Once on the top of the sea wall, turn right. On your left will be the saltmarsh, and on your right will be the wet grassland. This section of the trail is grassed and uneven in places. It can become muddy. The path flows right and then left towards a sharp bend to the right. At this end point there are great views over the fields and saltmarsh, keep your eyes peeled for birds of prey.

Lower Sea Wall to T-junction
Lower Sea Wall to T-junction

Start point: 52.9208 lat, 0.0219 long
End point: 52.9262 lat, 0.0065 long

To access the lower seawall, follow the signpost for the public footpath. This path is again grassed and uneven in places. On your right is the wet grassland. Across on the far side of the grassland you will be able to see the visitor centre. On your left are farm fields. Continue until you reach a T-junction.

T-junction to Bend in Farm Road
T-junction to Bend in Farm Road

Start point: 52.9262 lat, 0.0065 long
End point: 52.9304 lat, 0.0092 long

Turn right at the T-junction (this will keep the wet grassland on your right). This path starts as a grassed path. After going through a gate, the path becomes a farm road. When the road bends sharply to the left, take the sloped grass track to the right.

Bend in Farm Road to Access Road
Bend in Farm Road to Access Road

Start point: 52.9304 lat, 0.0092 long
End point: 52.9325 lat, 0.0169 long

At the top of the short incline, follow the tree-lined track ahead. At the end of the track you come to a gate. Go through the gate to reach a junction with a road (this is the reserve's access road). The pond dipping area is in front of you, this can be accessed via the Reedbed Trail (also available on iFootpath). Turn right along the access road.

Access Road to End
Access Road to End

Start point: 52.9325 lat, 0.0169 long
End point: 52.9314 lat, 0.0188 long

The road back to the visitor centre is only used by vehicles accessing the reserve, but take care of this traffic. As you walk down this road, first the wet grassland and then the car park will be on your right. On your left there is the reeedbed and the picnic area. You will arrive back at the visitor centre where the walk began.

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