GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Freiston Shore Walk

2 miles (4 km)

This circular walk explores the RSPB's Freiston Shore nature reserve near Boston in Lincolnshire.
The coastal reserve is located on The Wash, one of the most significant wildlife watching sites in the country. Look out for species such as ringed plovers, brent geese, hen harrier, knot, black tailed godwit yellowhammers and skylarks as you make your way around the site.
You can start your walk from the RSPB car park at postcode PE22 0LY. Then pick up a circular footpath running for just under 3 miles around the lagoons and sea wall at the site.

Postcode

PE22 0LY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Freiston Shore OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Freiston Shore Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Head north into nearby Freiston and there's a few good options for post refreshment. The Castle Inn has a good menu and includes a garden area for warmer weather. You can find them at Wainfleet Rd, Haltoft End, PE22 0PF.

Dog Walking

Dogs are allowed at the site but you are asked to please keep the under close control due to the wildlife.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Right next to the reserve is the We'll Meet Again Museum. It's a great museum with lots of artefacts relating to both world wars. There's also a 360vr Lancaster bomber flight simulator and a series of WW2 coastal defences to see here. You can find them just south of the reserve at Shore Road, PE22 0LY.
If you head west into nearby Boston you could pick up the Macmillan Way and enjoy a walk along The Haven river from the town.
There's also another reserve located on The Wash nearby in the shape of Frampton Marsh.
To the south is the Peter Scott Walk which travels along a Norfolk section of the Wash.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lincolnshire Walks page.

Photos

Freiston Shore - RSPB Reserve - geograph.org.uk - 1933111

Information board and view across the lagoons at the site.

Freiston Shore managed realignment site at high tide - geograph.org.uk - 389102

Freiston Shore managed realignment site at high tide. This image shows the managed realignment site and the outer saltmarsh both under water during a high spring tide. This illustrates the amount of tidal exchange that occurs between a mature marsh, and new areas of marsh creation by managed realignment. This view also highlights public access to the site.

Freiston Shore Lincolnshire - geograph.org.uk - 302222

The picture is taken from the top of a sea wall. The reclaimed field covers what 150 years ago was a golden sandy beach at Lincolnshire's first seaside resort, Freiston Shore. The white house in the distance is part of the Plummer's Hotel, which was built to serve the resort.

Artificial lagoon, Freiston Shore managed realignment site - geograph.org.uk - 389063

An artificially created brackish lagoon, constructed to attract waders and other migratory bird species to the RSPB reserve at Freiston Shore. Constructed between 2001-2002 as part of the managed realignment trial.

Inner Marshes near Cold Harbour - geograph.org.uk - 558391

Inner Marshes near Cold Harbour. The outer marshes can just be seen over the defences

Nature reserve car park, Freiston Shore - geograph.org.uk - 558311

Nature reserve car park. The car park affords a good view of the nature reserve and all the wild birds, so you don't even need to get out of your car to enjoy them.

Saltmarsh creek near Cold Harbour - geograph.org.uk - 558501

Saltmarsh creek near Cold Harbour. The first sign of the turn of the tide will be these creeks filling with sea water.

Cow at Freiston Shore - geograph.org.uk - 1010890

A cow poses for a photo on one of the small islands at the site.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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