Autumn has arrived in Boston and as the summer warmth gives way to the crisp embrace of autumn, we love nothing more than heading out into the stunning outdoors for a good walk. It’s hard to beat the feeling of leaves crushing under your feet, the cool autumn breeze on your skin, and the sweet smell of a pumpkin-spiced latte off in the distance. Here are some of the very best places to enjoy autumn walks in the charming Lincolnshire town of Boston.
Just a short distance from Boston's town centre, Witham Way Country Park provides the perfect spot for a peaceful riverside stroll. The autumnal atmosphere along the river offers some unbeatable autumn views with a treeline perfect for observing the changing colours of the season.
This country park is popular with dog walkers and as a haven for wildlife is a perfect walk for birdwatchers and nature lovers. It’s also a great walk if you start in Boston town centre and walk along the River Witham, passing Boston Lock Café on the way, which is a great spot to stop off for an autumnal hot drink.
Although it is a 170-year-old overgrown Victorian-era cemetery, we promise The Old Cemetery isn’t as creepy as it sounds. The overgrown headstones, peaceful site, and winding paths give this an autumn vibe which is hard to capture anywhere else. The original part of the cemetery has been preserved as a Nature Conservation Area with a fantastic range of plants, trees, and wildlife to enjoy.
The unique nature of this site makes it a great place for autumn walks, particularly in the lead-up to Halloween.
This expansive woodland offers a serene escape from the busy town centre. As you wander through the woods, the vibrant autumn leaves create a captivating mosaic of colours overhead. Follow the well-maintained accessible trails and keep your eye out for wildlife, you may well spot squirrels, rabbits, or if you’re lucky, even some deer.
The country park is peppered with wood-carved statues of wildlife and nature areas to explore which makes this trail perfect if you’re visiting with young children.
At the far end of the woods is a wildflower meadow complete with a purpose-built ‘Owl Tower’ so if you’re quiet and patient you may also spot some autumn owls.
If you're up for a longer adventure, consider walking part of the Water Rail Way, a scenic cycling and walking trail connecting Boston to the historic city of Lincoln. This 33-mile stretch of old railway takes you right the way through the heart of Lincolnshire.
The path takes you through serene rural countryside, offering uninterrupted views of the changing autumn landscape. You can choose to walk a shorter section of the trail or make it a full-day journey if you’re feeling up to a longer challenging walk.
If you want to take a leisurely stroll along the river Witham without tackling the whole thing, the stretch between Anton’s Gowt and Langrick Bridge is a hidden gem. The great thing about this section of the river is that you can start the walk at The Dinky Green Kitchen and head along the river to Coffee Paws Café at the other end. Both cafes are dog-friendly and offer a great selection of food and drink options.
The tranquillity and beauty of this route are magnified during the autumn months as the colourful trees reflect in the water of the river Witham for some stunning countryside views.
Boston, UK, and its surrounding areas are teeming with autumnal charm. From the enchanting woodlands of Joseph Banks Country Park to the historic riverside landmarks, there’s no shortage of scenic walks to enjoy during this season. So what are you waiting for? Grab a cosy jumper and immerse yourself in the beauty of Boston’s autumn.
For more all-weather walking routes and suggestions, check out Boston’s Walks & Trails.
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