Wolds Walking Festival a hit after 4,500 take part

THE eighth annual Wolds Walking Festival has been hailed a “huge success” by organisers after over 4,500 people took part.

The two-week walking fest came to an end on Sunday.

And despite some adverse weather on some of the days thousands of walkers took part in over 90 different walks all across the Lincolnshire Wolds.

Walks ranged from gentle evening strolls to much more energetic long distance hikes and gave people the chance to enjoy the countryside, make new friends, get some fresh air and leave them feeling totally pleased and exhilarated for making the effort.

Stuart Parker, Chairman of the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival Steering Group said: “We’re delighted so many people have joined us this year, all of whom, no matter what age, seemed to have really enjoyed taking part in the Festival”

“I would like to express my thanks to all those who were involved in making this Festival a success, particularly the walk leaders, most of whom are volunteers,” he added.

This years festival was launched with a fantastic event at Gunby Hall, near Spilsby.

And for the second year running a grand finale was also held.

Hosted this year in Caistor (recently designated as a Walkers are Welcome destination) it attracted around 350 walkers , who ventured out to explore the town and surrounding countryside on a number of walks.

The dates for next year’s Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival have already been set.

It will be launched on Saturday, May 18 and run through until Sunday, June 2.

For information call Angie Fordwich-Gorely, Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival project officer on 01507 609740 or email angie.fordwich-gorely@lincsheritage.org.