Railway Paths

Water Rail Way (Lincoln to Boston)


The Lady of Shallott by Anwick Forge along the Water Rail Way

The Water Rail Way path is approximately 33 miles long and runs between Lincoln and Boston. It was formerly part of the Lincoln to Boston branch line of the Great Northern Railway, which opened on 11 August 1858 and closed to passengers in 1954 (closure to freight followed in 1971) .

The path was named in a competition. The name reflects both its former life as a railway line and the abundant bird life that can be seen in this green corridor. The shy Water Rail has been seen from this path.

Lincoln Longwool Sheep by Sally Matthews along the Water Rail WayHi Views at BostonThe Water Railway is unusual in that almost a whole railway has been converted into a cycle route – 20 miles of the route is traffic free path on former railway land; the remaining 13 miles on quiet country roads. As it is very flat, it makes for easy cycling.

The route travels through a varied landscape and features one of Sustrans’ much celebrated art trails and two viewing platforms.  There is a remarkable viewing platform at each end of the route, allowing views far across the Lincolnshire countryside, and it is possible to see either Boston Stump or Lincoln Cathedral tower from most part of the route.

To download routes and other information leaflets, please visit the Lincolnshire County Council website.