This article was published on May 18, 2019 and information contained within may now be out of date.
This May will see the relaunch of the Franklin Way walking route, thirty-three years since it was created.
The Franklin Way, which runs between Spilsby and Hundleby, was created in 1986 to celebrate the bicentenary of artic explorer, and former Spilsby resident, Sir John Franklin’s birth.
Over the years the route had become overgrown and difficult to follow but thanks to Spilsby and Hundleby Walkers are Welcome, the route has been re-established, cleared and remarked. In partnership with ourselves and Lincolnshire County Council, a new leaflet has been produced to promote the walk and waymarkers have been supplied by Acorn Print of Spilsby.
On Thursday 30th May the route will be relaunched, as part of the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival. The walk will start at 9.30am from the Franklin Statue in Spilsby Market Place; the route is 3.5 miles long and will take around two hours to complete. Simon Eakins, Sir John Franklin’s great-great nephew, will be in attendance at the Franklin Statue before the walk gets underway.
Following the walk refreshments will be available at St James Church, where memorials to Sir John Franklin and other members of his family can be seen. The new trail leaflet will be available on the day and then from Franklin Hall in Spilsby.
Lead Tourism Officer, Karen Edwards, said: “It’s good to see the Franklin Way be brought back in to use, the Walkers are Welcome group have done great work in re-establishing it. Sir John Franklin is one of the District’s most important Ancestors and this route and leaflet build on the work we did last year with Spilsby and Hundleby Walkers are Welcome to produce the ‘On the Trail of Sir John Franklin’ leaflet.”