New charity walk starts at Boston Stump


St Botolph’s Church is the starting point of a new 280 -mile coast to coast walk in aid of charity.

Boston is already the start of the Macmillan Way heading to the Dorset coast at Abbotsbury, and is now the start of one heading west to the coast of Wales.

The Cross Britain Walk starts in Lincolnshire at The Stump and heads westwards across the middle of England.

It is part of a collection of walks known as the Macmillan Ways, which aim to get people walking across the countryside in aid of the charity.

Organiser of the new walk TimBrunton came up with the idea while living in Banbury in 2009.

He said: “We felt the church was a fairly central point to start from Boston.

“The locations are as near to the least distance from coast-to-coast.”

From the Fens it goes through the Vale of Belvoir, the Leicestershire Wolds, and the National Forest. After the canals of South Staffordshire it turns south-west across Cannock Chase though East Shropshire,along the Iron Bridge Gorge, then heads into the Shropshire hills.

It then crosses the rolling green hills of mid Wales and over the Berwyn mountains.

The final stretch is south-west through Snowdonia to Barmouth.

The route was waymarked in May and June of this year and a guidebook which includes an accommodation list is on sale for £11.99 from the Macmillan ways Association by visiting www.macmil