A new Lincolnshire trail offers visitors a chance to follow in the footsteps of one of the world’s greatest scientists, as the county prepares to celebrate his discoveries.
Newton’s Trail maps a hidden corner of Sir Isaac Newton’s home county around Grantham, where he went to school, and offers a chance to walk, cycle or drive a self-guided tour covering Woolsthorpe and other locations.
It also marks the 350th anniversary of the Lincolnshire-born scientist’s “Year of Wonders”, to be celebrated this autumn when the biennial Gravity Fields Festival returns for 2016.
The five-day festival (21-25 September) is organised by South Kesteven District Council and commemorates Newton’s burst of scientific creativity in 1666 – including his theory of gravity, famously inspired by a falling apple from a tree in his garden.
Inspired by Newton, the Gravity Fields Festival has a mix of free and ticketed events in and around Grantham and offers music, drama, scientific talks and spectacular outdoor shows.
Newton’s ground-breaking work on light, mathematics and gravitational forces happened at his birthplace and childhood home, Woolsthorpe Manor (pictured), just outside Grantham.
Visitors to the National Trust property can see that original apple tree and tour the modest manor house where he was born and later returned to, as he continued his work after fleeing the plague in Cambridge.
The trail includes St John the Baptist Church in Colsterworth, where Newton was baptised and his mother is buried, and promotes other top attractions and more off-the-beaten track destinations.
On the map are established favourites such as Easton Walled Gardens – restored to their former glory after laying derelict for half a century – and Grimsthorpe Castle, an historic house, park and garden built for a visit by King Henry VIII.
Photo credit: Colin Russell.