Walking with Newton Boots on!

Wanted – keen walkers to re-trace the footsteps of Sir Isaac Newton!

That’s the invitation from the organizers of two special fact-finding walks on Saturday June 21 and Sunday June 22 in preparation for larger scale events during this autumn’s Gravity Fields Festival.

Long distance walks specialists Ali Pretty and Richard White will be leading the information-gathering walks. Although both cover distances of around 16 miles, walkers can join for half days if they prefer.

Ali Pretty launching the Newton Walks project at the meeting in February 2014

Ali Pretty launching the Newton Walks project at the meeting in February 2014

Walkers will be encouraged to use smart phones and cameras to record thoughts, images and reflections on the different stages of Newton’s life, all to help design special festival commemorative flags.

The first walk on June 21 runs from Grantham to Colsterworth, through Boothby Pagnell, where Newton spent time with vicar and Trinity College Fellow Humphrey Babington, Bassingthorpe, and Burton le Coggles, where his uncle William Ayscough was vicar.

The route includes a pub lunch stop at the Cholmeley Arms.

Sunday’s walk also includes a lunch stop and goes from North Witham, site of Newton’s step-father’s house, to Woolsthorpe (and the Manor) to Skillington, with Isaac’s school connections,  Stoke Rochford and on to Grantham.

In fact, interested parties can contribute without putting on their boots at all, explains co-ordinator Richard White.  “This project is very much about developing remote and virtual engagement as well as boots on the ground.

“So we want virtual walkers as well as actual walkers. Photographers, historians, artists, philosophers, alchemists, Newton descendants and all those with any connection to the story are very welcome to contribute.”

If you would like to join in please contact Ameneh Enayat by emailing

[email protected]

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