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Boston Town Heritage Trail

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Boston Town Heritage Trail
Author: lslborrill, Published: 26 Jul 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Boston Town Heritage Trail Walking Guide star0 Boston Town Heritage Trail Walking Guide star0 Boston Town Heritage Trail Walking Guide star0 Boston Town Heritage Trail Walking Guide star0 Boston Town Heritage Trail Walking Guide
Lincolnshire, Boston
Walk Type: Town or city
Boston Town Heritage Trail
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot Boston Town Heritage Trail Walking Guide
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A 3.2km (2 mile) circular walk in Boston, Lincolnshire. This walk focuses on the heritage of the town centre - encompassing the following; Boston marketplace, Custom House Quay, Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre, The Guildhall, Fydell House and Garden, Hussey Tower, the Salvation Army Citadel, and St Botolph's Church (known locally as the Stump).

The walk utilises surfaced footpaths throughout and you will need to cross several roads, but there are no stiles or gates on route. There are a number of toilet and refreshment options in the town centre. Allow 1 hour.

The walk starts and finishes at The Exchange Building in Boston Market Place. There are a number of car parks nearby - please look on the Borough of Boston council website (http://www.boston.gov.uk/). Once parked, there are numerous signposts in the Town which will direct you to the start in the marketplace. Approximate post code PE21 6NN. Boston is also served by a bus and train station.

Walk Sections

Start to Fydell House
Start to Fydell House

Start point: 52.9772 lat, -0.0237 long
End point: 52.9758 lat, -0.0232 long

This walk starts at The Exchange Building in Boston Market Place. Throughout the walk there are a number of blue plaques situated on buildings of interest which provide additional information. With the Exchange Building behind you, turn right along Market Place and then South Street. On your left there will be the ornately timbered Shodfriars Hall, and the Custom House. Soon after, turn left onto Spain Lane to pass Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre on your right. This is the oldest building in the town. Next to the theatre (again on your right) will be Spain Court; a pretty courtyard surrounded by 18th century cottages.

At the T-junction turn left onto Quaker Lane, then follow the road / path bearing to the left, before turning left onto Shodfriars Lane, and then left again back onto South Street. Walk past Custom House Quay (again) with the River Witham on your right and this time keep ahead. On your right you will pass Gysor's Hall also known as Haven Hall. Opposite, on your left will be Fydell House and Garden.

Fydell House to Hussey Tower
Fydell House to Hussey Tower

Start point: 52.9758 lat, -0.0232 long
End point: 52.9729 lat, -0.0198 long

Continue to walk along South Street, and then use the pedestrian crossing at the traffic lights to cross ahead over John Adams Way (the A16). Keep ahead along South End, the River Witham will still be on your right. Take the second left onto Skirbeck Road, and then take the footpath on your left after Tower Gardens, which has a Hussey Tower information board at the start. Follow the footpath to visit Hussey Tower.

Hussey Tower to End
Hussey Tower to End

Start point: 52.9729 lat, -0.0198 long
End point: 52.9773 lat, -0.0238 long

Once you have visited the Hussey Tower, follow the footpath back to Skirkbeck Road. Turn right onto Skirkbeck Road, before turning right back onto South End. Use the pedestrian crossing at the traffic lights to cross back over John Adams Way (the A16). Turn immediately left to follow the footpath bridge, alongside John Adams Way, to cross the River Witham. Whilst on the bridge you will be able to see the Salvation Army Citadel and St Botolph's Church (The Stump).

Once you descend from the bridge, turn right onto the High Street. The River Witham will be on your right. You will pass Fydell Crescent, West Street and Bridge Street on your left. Beyond this, bear right to use Town Bridge to cross back over the River Witham. Whilst on Town Bridge you will be able to see the Grand Sluice on your left in the distance. The Grand Sluice separates the fresh water of the River Witham and the salt water of the Haven.

At the far side of the bridge, turn left onto Church Street, on your left will be the Assembly Rooms. At the end of the short stretch of Church Street, Church Lane will be on your right, and a footbridge over the River Witham will be on your left. In front will be St Botolph's Church - The Stump. Use the footpath which passes to the right of The Stump to access Wormgate at the far side of the church. At the start of Wormgate, you will see Church House and The Sessions House. Whilst on Wormgate you will pass Fountain Lane and Colley Street on your right. Turn right onto the third side road, Red Lion Street. Whilst on Red Lion Street you will pass Chapel Street on your left.

Turn right at the T-junction to remain on Red Lion Street. On your left there will be the Centenary Methodist Chapel. The first chapel on this site was built in 1840. On your right you will pass the other end of Fountain Lane. Continue straight as the road becomes Bank Street. You will be able to see The Stump on your right. At the T-junction turn left and then right to re-enter the Market Place 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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