Get your boots on for the second South Lincolnshire Walking Festival
Heritage Lincolnshire, a charity based in Heckington, is urging anyone who enjoys walking to discover the hidden gems and varied landscape of south Lincolnshire in the second South Lincolnshire Walking Festival .
The walking festival will take place between 24th September and 30th October this year and will feature free guided walks in North & South Kesteven, Boston and South Holland. There are 80 guided walks led by organisations such as the Ramblers, Walking for Health, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, RSPB, CurlyDog Walking and Adventures, Ales and Trails UK plus many more. Some walks feature special visits, talks or rare openings of historic buildings and 60% are dog-friendly. There are various walk lengths and difficulty levels, all of which are detailed in the programme that can now be collected from Tourist Information Centres and libraries or downloaded from the website.
Beverley Gormley, Heritage Lincolnshire’s Cultural Events Officer, said “The South Lincolnshire Walking Festival is creating a buzz for the second year! North & South Kesteven, Boston and South Holland are jam packed with heritage and history and we want to help show off those hidden gems to local people and visitors while helping to boost the local economy. This is our chance to put this part of Lincolnshire firmly on the walking festival map.
“Our pilot festival last autumn attracted over 1400 walkers, including 200 children and young people, which shows that there’s a real need in this part of the county. We’re even helping BBC Radio Lincolnshire with their new #WalkAMillion campaign! The walks will take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays so that those who work or want to involve the family don’t miss out. The official launch event will take place on 24th September at Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s Willow Tree Fen nature reserve near Spalding and will be perfect for the whole family. Along with guided walks around the site (including a ‘Walking through Livestock’ walk) there will be crafts, den building, minibeast hunts, pond dipping and owl pellet dissection. The festival finale takes place on 30th October at spooky Temple Bruer tower and features a tour and walk plus Halloween themed activities for children.
“We’re very grateful for a donation from Lincolnshire County Council, but unfortunately, due to funding cuts, this popular new festival is in jeopardy. We’re asking participants to donate a minimum of £3 towards the printing of the brochure and day-to-day running costs”.
Visit www.southlincswalking.com or our Facebook or Twitter pages to download the brochure, donate or find out more.