Walks re-tracing the footsteps of Sir Isaac Newton are taking shape under the guidance of long distance walks specialists Ali Pretty and Richard White.
Using information and contacts from a special February workshop held close to Newton’s birthplace at Woolsthorpe Manor, Ali, Richard and Gravity Fields Festival organisers have mapped out two separate long distance walks during September. Local walks leaders will run two shorter walks.
The ‘Walking with Newton’ theme is part of the HLF-funded Lincolnshire’s Age of Scientific Discovery genealogy project.
Not content with merely encouraging people to trace connections to the world’s greatest scientist – for which Gravity Fields is running special workshops during the festival – these walks will trace the old routes Newton and generations of his family would have walked.
Pulling on its walking boots, Gravity Fields (24-28 September) is also hosting a Newton gathering for those related to or just fascinated by such a great thinker. The invitation is to follow in his footsteps – quite literally – following the old routes and places known to Newton and his extended family.
The first walk is on 26 September to Colsterworth from Grantham, where Newton attended the Kings School and lodged in apothecary premises. The second is on 27 September following a path from North Witham to Grantham.
The routes follow likely paths trodden by the Newtons in the 1600s, spiced with historical snippets relevant to Newton.
Both are the preludes to a Newton Tree Party gathering in Grantham on 28 September
A third shorter walk is being held through parkland at Culverthorpe Hall, to the north east of Grantham, a magnificent country house built in 1679 by Sir John Newton, MP for Grantham and whose connections to Newton’s branch of the family are currently being researched.
History suggests that Isaac Newton stayed at Culverthorpe when he fled the plague from Cambridge University in 1665/66, probably staying in one of the old original buildings flanking the impressive Louis X1V style mansion which is due to start the special Newton tree party celebrations on the opening day of the festival September 24.
Walking with Newton; family trees and footpaths.
24 September: Short Walk at Culverthorpe Hall
25 September: Walk at Great Gonerby
26 September: Long Walk Grantham to Colsterworth
27 September. Walk North Witham to Grantham
28 September: Newton Tree Party gathering, Grantham