The Macmillan Way, 290 miles from Boston to Abbotsbury

Last weekend we started a new long distance footpath. The Macmillan Way is dedicated to the memory of Douglas Macmillan MBE who founded Macmillan Cancer Relief in 1911. This was after the death of his father to cancer and the charity supports people living with cancer throughout the UK.

Macmillan Way Coast-to-Coast
Macmillan Way Coast-to-Coast

We drove to Surfleet and parked near a cafe. We caught a bus to Boston and walked from the bus station to St. Botolph’s Church in the market square. The impressive tower of the church is known as the Boston Stump. This is the starting point for the 290 mile route to Abbotsbury. We walked south, out of Boston with the river Welland on our left.
A very long walk!
A very long walk!
Avocet image from RSPB website
Avocet image from RSPB website
We then followed the river Haven along a sea bank. This takes you through Frampton Marsh Nature Reserve which is owned by the RSPB. We saw several avocet.
The sea bank
The sea bank
Frampton Marsh Nature Reserve
Frampton Marsh Nature Reserve

The pictures show the fenland landscape. The light soil structure means many fruit and vegetables are grown in this area. We were glad we had thought to buy sandwiches in Boston, as there were no eateries until the Ship Inn near Fosdyke Bridge on the river Welland, after 11 miles of walking.

View from Fosdyke Bridge of River Welland
View from Fosdyke Bridge of River Welland
The church at Surfleet.
The church at Surfleet.

River at Surfleet
River at Surfleet

After a refreshingly cool glass of lager we continued our trek. Eventually the route joins the River Glen at Surfleet Seas End and another Ship Inn. Surfleet is an elongated village and the sight of the leaning tower of Surfleet Church was very welcome after 16 miles of walking.
We rested our weary limbs by staying overnight at the comfortable Cley Hall Hotel. We replenished our energy stores with a hearty breakfast and returned to Surfleet.It was a bright sunny day and we planned a coffee stop at the Spalding Tropical forest at Pinchbeck. After passing the pub there (the Ship Inn!) we found no coffee stop. We reached Pinchbeck West to find the pub there had been demolished. The route continued through Pinchbeck Nature reserve. Before reaching our end point at Tongue end we phoned a local taxi firm and were delighted to find a car waiting for us. We covered 25 miles in two days.
Cow seen near to Pinchbeck nature reserve
Cow seen near to Pinchbeck nature reserve