The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Monday, 22 August 2011

East to West Photos: Day 8

27 March (0810-1445)
Distance: 17 miles (Tot: 147 miles) (N of Holbeach St Matthew to Boston)
Weather: cloudy, couple of minutes of vague sunniness

I have no idea why so few photos were taken on this day. Maybe we just thought that we had enough photos of flat land and sea defences?

The camera certainly came out when a pack of horses followed us across a field. They were quite inquisitive and didn’t stop to consider us from a polite distance.

Day 6-1Having left the broad, modern sea defence, which is alongside the sea, we took to an old defence that was further inland. It wasn’t the same smooth, easy walking as the more modern version, but certainly had boasted more variety in surroundings.

Day 6-2Port Boston gave some interest as we walked along The Haven on the way into the town (I was particularly taken with the scale of the scrap yard at one of the docks), but the town itself only seemed to have one notable feature: that huge church tower.

Wikipedia tells me that St Botolphs is the largest parish church in England. It was certainly both striking and visible for a long way!

Day 6-3

The original blog post for the day is here.


  1. St Botolphs is affectionately known as 'The Stump'. It's one of those landmarks you can see for miles and miles. (Could be because it's quite flat round there...)

  2. I'd read that it was locally known as 'The Stump' which struck me as odd as the name would suggest to me that it's ... well ... stumpy, whereas actually it's huge.

  3. I think it appears more Stumpy from a distance. I've only ever seen it from a distance and it doesn't look so large.
    (This reads like one of those conversations you might come in on half way and wonder what on earth?!)