Macmillan Way

The Macmillan Way is a long-distance footpath in England that links Boston, Lincolnshire to Abbotsbury in Dorset. The route's distance is 290 miles (470 km). It is promoted to raise money for the charity Macmillan Cancer Relief.

Macmillan Way
Length290 mi (467 km)
TrailheadsBoston Lincolnshire
52°58′29″N 0°01′17″W / 52.9746°N 0.0214°W / 52.9746; -0.0214
Abbotsbury, Dorset
50°39′59″N 2°36′02″W / 50.6664°N 2.60063°W / 50.6664; -2.60063
Elevation change161 m (528 ft)
Hiking details
Trail difficultyEasy
SeasonAll year
SightsRutland Water, Jurassic Coast

The fully waymarked route follows existing footpaths, bridleways and byways, and small stretches of minor roads when these are unavoidable. It runs across open fen country for its first 30 miles (48 km) and for the rest of its journey it then follows the course of the oolitic limestone belt.

The Macmillan Way starts from Boston and then runs across the Fens to their western edge at Kate's Bridge near Bourne before joining the limestone belt. From Boston it heads to Stamford and then along the shore of Rutland Water to Oakham. It then leads south and west via Warmington to Stow-on-the-Wold, then through the Cotswolds via Cirencester and Tetbury to Bradford-on-Avon. Then through Somerset and into Dorset via Castle Cary and Sherborne to Abbotsbury on the coast.

The route links with the Viking Way at Oakham, the Thames Path National Trail near Thames Head and with the South West Coast Path at the finish.[1]

The Macmillan Ways are a network of long-distance footpaths in England. Others are:


  1. ^ "The Macmillan Way". Retrieved 29 October 2011.

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