Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Happy Trails ; NIGEL HEATH Walks the MacmillanTrail, a Mammoth 290-Mile Trek That Takes in Just Three Towns along the Way

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Happy Trails ; NIGEL HEATH Walks the MacmillanTrail, a Mammoth 290-Mile Trek That Takes in Just Three Towns along the Way

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HE ancient Lincolnshire town of Boston, once a prosperous seaport on the edge of the fens, has always been a starting point for journeys.

TIndeed, it was hardy seafaring folk from here who sailed out in the 1630s to found the city of Boston, Massachusetts.

Today it is the starting point for another long journey, not aided by the wind and tide, but by a sturdy pair of legs and a stout stick and blown along by a love of exploring our amazingly beautiful countryside.

This 290-mile journey is The Macmillan Way, created by the Macmillan Cancer Relief charity which does so much to help those afflicted with this 21st Century scourge.

A wonderful aspect of this journey, which roughly follows the rich Cotswold stone belt all the way across country to the south coast at Abbotsbury in Dorset, is that it passes through only three towns - Stamford in Lincolnshire, Cirencester in Gloucestershire and Sherborne in Dorset.

So for all those miles, the way follows field paths and country lanes, through woodland and by small rivers and quiet streams, pausing delightfully now and again to pass through quiet villages where, if you're lucky, there is a shop for supplies or even better, a warm welcome in a friendly Inn.

Most of us do not have the luxury of time to undertake a 290- mile trek in one go so what better way than to divide The Macmillan trail up into two or three-day sections. You can return to the walk at regular intervals and journey ever onward through the gradually changing vistas of the rural counties of Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and Dorset, in all the seasons of the year.

One spring morning my friend Peter Gibbs and I set out from the Market Place in Boston and spent many a happy day walking across the landscape, under ever-changing skies, appreciating the scenery, finding sheltered or sunny spots for snacks and looking forward to a hearty evening dinner and friendly company. …

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