This short walk - suitable for all ages (and indeed all seasons) - explores the local amenity of Westgate Wood and Joseph Banks Country Park.
Westgate Wood was established by the Boston Woodland Trust in 1999 and extends to 23.5 acres. A thousand of the trees are dedicated to the 1st Airlanding Light Regiment of the Royal Artillery who fought at Arnhem.
Sir Joseph Banks was born in 1743 and as a young man inherited the Revesby Estate in Lincolnshire and a fortune, enabling him to indulge his interest in botany and finance his famous scientific voyage accompanying Captain Cook (1768 – 1771). On this – especially in Australia where he named Botany Bay – he discovered many new plant species whose names still incorporate the suffix ‘Banksii’. He later became the president of the Royal Society from 1778 for 41 years until just before his death in 1820. The Country Park that commemorates him extends in total to 50 acres – the western part adjoining Westgate Wood was purchased in 2007 and opened by Dr David Bellamy – and the newer eastern part in 2010.
The Country Park includes a ‘Fitness Trail’ together with picnic tables and seats. The observant walker will also be rewarded with sightings of many species of wild flowers and butterflies.
In the car park face away from the road and turn right to join the surfaced path at the end by the fitness trail map. At the first junction keep right and carry on until you reach the Community Orchard and then a road (Five House Lane).
Cross over into the western section of Sir Joseph Banks Country Park (now on a grass path) and keep to the right-hand side – ignoring any paths going left.
Continue until you meet a ‘V’ junction of surfaced paths just before another road. (Old Hammond Beck Bank Road) Turn left along the second ‘arm’ of the ‘V’ and walk to a path junction near another carpark.
Ignore the first path going sharp left but take the second one into the trees of Westgate Wood. At the next path junction keep ahead and at a second junction bear right.
At the third junction look left through an avenue of lime trees for a lovely framed view of Boston Stump then continue until you emerge from the woods and reach the car park opposite the Fisherman’s Rest café (If not visiting the café turn left along the road; if you do turn right upon leaving.)
After 100 yards take the first path on the right, re-entering the east section of the Country Park. Follow the main path until just after a pond, then bear right back to the start.
Start - Jenny’s Wood car park (West End Road) (GR312419)
Alternative starts- Five House Lane (Opposite café) (GR305416), Old Hammond Beck Road (GR301423)
Maps - OS Landranger 131 (Boston) : Explorer 261.
Distance - 1¾ miles : 3 kilometres.
Refreshments - Fisherman’s Rest