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Boston Town Trail

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Boston Town Trail
Author: lslborrill, Published: 24 Apr 2017 Walk Rating:star0 Boston Town Trail Walking Guide star0 Boston Town Trail Walking Guide star0 Boston Town Trail Walking Guide star0 Boston Town Trail Walking Guide star0 Boston Town Trail Walking Guide
Lincolnshire, Boston
Walk Type: Town or city
Boston Town Trail
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Boston Town Trail Walking Guide
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IMPORTANT NOTE: Dogs are not permitted on this route as it passes through a cemetery and crematorium.

A 4km (2.7mile) circular walk from Boston war memorial garden in Lincolnshire. This walk passes through two green tranquil spaces, Central Park and Boston Cemetery & Crematorium, follows the Maud Foster Drain and visits the Maud Foster Windmill.

The walk is generally flat throughout, with a couple of gentle slopes as you use the bridges to cross the Maud Foster Drain. It uses tarmac footpaths throughout. The walk involves seven road crossings; three of these utilise a pedestrian crossing at the traffic lights, the other four times you cross the road there is no assistance mechanism in place. There are no gates, stiles or other obstacles on route. Dogs are not permitted in the cemetery and crematorium. Allow 1.5 hours.

If you are coming by public transport, Boston has its own rail station and bus station. If you are coming by car, there are several car-parking options available, with details on the Boston Borough Council website. The walk starts at the war memorial garden on Wide Bargate in Boston centre, postcode PE21 6SN.

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Walk Sections

Start to Norfolk Street Crossroads
Start to Norfolk Street Crossroads

Start point: 52.98 lat, -0.0213 long
End point: 52.9833 lat, -0.0234 long

With the war memorial behind you, and a blue archway framing the Boston Stump in front of you, walk towards the blue archway. Once you have passed underneath, turn right to cross Wide Bargate road and follow Park Gate footpath to the entrance of Central Park. The entrance to Central Park is marked by two pedestrian archways on the left and the right, with a vehicle entrance in the middle.

Once you have gone through the entrance gate, take the path on the right that will take you past an aviary, a Community Growing Space, croquet green and tennis courts. On your left will initially be the café and play park, and subsequently open grass parkland with pieces of outdoor gym equipment available. Follow the path to the left and then turn right to exit the park through the gate. Once out of the park, turn right onto Norfolk Street and walk to the traffic lights to use the pedestrian crossing. Central Park will be on your right.

Norfolk Street Crossroads to Cemetery Gates
Norfolk Street Crossroads to Cemetery Gates

Start point: 52.9833 lat, -0.0234 long
End point: 52.9887 lat, -0.0273 long

Cross Norfolk Street via the pedestrian crossing at the traffic lights to walk down Robin Hoods Walk (the street sign is on the corner of the road). Robin Hoods Walk is a residential street. You will pass Boston Community Fire Station on your left. Soon after the fire station, where Robin Hoods Walk bends left, cross over and continue straight ahead into Marian Road. At the end of Marian Road will be the Boston Cemetery and Crematorium Gate.

Cemetery Gates to Maud Foster Windmill
Cemetery Gates to Maud Foster Windmill

Start point: 52.9887 lat, -0.0273 long
End point: 52.9835 lat, -0.0181 long

Enter the Cemetery & Crematorium through the gateway and take the path straight ahead. (The path to the left goes to the crematorium and office). Continue along this path, which will turn to the right, meaning that you will pass a disused chapel. After the chapel, the path becomes tree lined. At the end of the tree-lined avenue there is an archway with a cottage on either side, the chapel will be behind you. Go through the archway and turn left onto Horncastle Road. Cross the side road, Red Cap Lane then turn right, crossing Horncastle Road to take the footbridge across the Maud Foster Drain.

Once you have crossed the Drain, turn right and walk along Willoughby Road. Maud Foster Drain will be on your right. Pass Hospital Lane Footbridge on your right (you will cross this once you have visited the Maud Foster Windmill). Keep ahead to reach Maud Foster Windmill, on your left.

Maud Foster Windmill to Hospital Lane Footbridge
Maud Foster Windmill to Hospital Lane Footbridge

Start point: 52.9835 lat, -0.0181 long
End point: 52.9853 lat, -0.0182 long

The Maud Foster Windmill and shop are open to the public on selected days. When open, you can climb the seven floors inside to see flour being made in the traditional way by wind power. With the windmill behind you and the Maud Foster Drain in front, turn right and walk back along Willoughby Road to reach the Hospital Lane Footbridge.

Hospital Lane Footbridge to End
Hospital Lane Footbridge to End

Start point: 52.9853 lat, -0.0182 long
End point: 52.98 lat, -0.0215 long

Cross the Maud Foster Drain using the Hospital Lane Footbridge. Use the pedestrian traffic lights to cross Horncastle Road, and walk along Norfolk Street towards Central Park. Use the two pedestrian crossings at the traffic lights to cross Robin Hoods Walk and Norfolk Street to re-enter Central Park. Cross Central Park using the same path you used at the beginning of the walk; this will mean the tennis courts, croquet green, Community Growing Space and aviary will be on your left. On your right will be the grassland and the Boston Stump. Go underneath the decorative archways to access Park Gate and Wide Bargate to return to the war memorial garden 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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