Sights to see on new Crowland tourist trail

Committee members at the Trinity Bridge with a picture of how it used to look. Photo: SG080815-076MF

Committee members at the Trinity Bridge with a picture of how it used to look. Photo: SG080815-076MF

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It is hoped that a tourist trail that took a year to put 
together will encourage more visitors to the historic town of Crowland.

The trail was officially launched on Saturday at the Crowland Abbey car park and took visitors around the town to historic points of interest, with a purpose of increasing tourism in Crowland.

The trail takes visitors to The Arrival sculpture on Thorney Road.

The trail takes visitors to The Arrival sculpture on Thorney Road.

The trail has taken almost a year to complete by both members of the parish council and residents. Coun Nigel Pepper in particular donated a large percentage of the costs.

Places on the walk include the Abbey, founded in the early eighth century as a monastery, and ‘The Arrival’ sculpture made by sculptor Richard Janes and depicting the St Guthlac Rolls – manuscripts which illustrate the life of St Guthlac, whose shrine was at the Crowland Abbey.

Other places of interest include the Trinity Bridge and Mounting Block, Crowland Wash, the pedestrain thoroughfare Thames Tunnel and Ye Olde Abbey Public House.

Several thousand free leaflets were produced for visitors to use to follow the trail.

Wandering the tourist trail to see the sights around Crowland. Photo: SG080815-079MF

Wandering the tourist trail to see the sights around Crowland. Photo: SG080815-079MF

The trail ended in the Parish Rooms on Hall Street for refreshments.