Wolds Walking Festival to be “biggest and best” ever

Full details of this year's Wolds Walking Festival have begun to emerge.
Full details of this year's Wolds Walking Festival have begun to emerge.
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THE organisers behind the annual Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival have promised a “fantastic launch and finale” to this year’s proceedings.

The eighth annual event will take place thie year between Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, June 10, and looks set to be the biggest and best yet – with no fewer than 92 walks to choose from.

“Taking place in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and surrounding countryside, there’s a walk available for everyone,” said a spokesperson.

“From gentle strolls to more energetic long distance walking, taking place throughout the day and into the evening.

“Most of the walks are free of charge, but some may require booking, so book early to ensure a place,” they added.

This year Festival Organisers have worked with the National Trust to provide an exciting launch event on Saturday, May 26 at Gunby Hall between Burgh le Marsh and Spilsby.

Throughout the day there will be tours around the hall (with a special appearance by Alfred, Lord Tennyson), medieval walks through the parkland, and also tours through the delightful gardens - with the added bonus of a self-led nature walk ongoing throughout the day.

There will also be a host of things to do for the family throughout the day.

The very first walk of the Festival will also take place that day and be led by Stuart Parker, leaving Skegness Railway Station at 10am.

Walkers will then wind their way through countryside to Gunby Hall.

Angie Fordwich-Gorely, Project Officer of the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival said: “Come and join us! Make new friends, see some stunning scenery and learn all about this fantastic part of Lincolnshire.”

For full information log onto www.woldswalkingfestival.co.uk.

To get your copy of the free Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival brochure, call 01507 609740 or email aonb@lincswolds.org.uk.

The 16-day festival ends with a Finale Day on Sunday, June 10 in the town of Caistor, which has seen some changes over the years and its residents are keen - and proud - to show how the town now has a new sparkle.

There are ten walks that day all taking place in and around the town, with the festival finally finishing at 3.30pm with the cutting of the festival cake in the Town Hall.