During the pandemic two things many people have taken solace from have been increased appreciation of their local area and doing more walking. At the end of next month there will be an opportunity to combine both of these by getting involved with the nearest event of its kind to Blackpool – the Garstang Walking Festival.
The festival runs for five days from Saturday 28 August to Wednesday 1 September. The detailed programme is still to be confirmed to ensure it meets any covid related requirements. It will undoubtedly include a range of walks for all abilities and a varied mixture of terrain from the Fylde coastline at Fleetwood to the Bowland fells in the east.
In the run-up to the festival some taster events are however confirmed. On Sunday 8 August a nine and a half mile circular from Knott End is planned, and on Thursday 19 August a seven mile ramble from Garstang has been arranged. Booking details for these can be obtained by contacting [email protected], there is a nominal charge for both walks. In between a free zoom talk is taking place introducing the festival and its wildlife and heritage, taking place on Wednesday 11 August from 6pm.
Perhaps the best way to keep up with the festival is to like the Garstang Walking Festival Facebook page. If you would like to get some practice in Wyre Council’s Countryside Service have produced a number of self-guided walk resources that can be found at https://www.wyre.gov.uk/walking-wyre/self-guided-walks. These include the 45 mile Wyre Way, an excellent local introduction to long distance walking that can be done in three or four stages.
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