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Walkers taking part in the Garstang Walking Festival. L-R is Pat Ashcroft and Lyndon Sharman''Date: 11-05-2010

Walkers taking part in the Garstang Walking Festival. L-R is Pat Ashcroft and Lyndon Sharman''Date: 11-05-2010

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ORGANISERS of this year’s Garstang Walking Festival have released details of the May programme.

Taking place from 11-20 May, the festival celebrates springtime in Garstang, rural Wyre, the Forest of Bowland and along the Lancaster Canal.

The 10-day festival includes old favourites, like the Wyre Way Challenge, a four-day, 41-mile walk from sea to source, and new features, such as Cheese and Churches, a walk that takes in the history of two local churches, a visit to Dewlay Cheese Museum and cheese tasting at Garstang’s Market Hall.

Coun Lynne Bowen, Cabinet member with responsibility for sport and leisure at Wyre Council, said: “This year’s programme is bigger and better than ever with something for everyone, from full-day rambles to easy one-hour strolls. .”

Other new activities this year include Out to Meet the Cows, a two-mile walk in Cabus that allows children and parents to visit a dairy farm and see cows being milked plus a seven -mile circular walk from Garstang to Calder Vale Mill, taking in Greenhalgh Castle, Barnacre Church and Lady Hamilton’s Well.

Cherry Childes, chairman of the recently formed Friends of Garstang Walking Festival said: “This year’s event promises to attract people of all ages and abilities. The friends group was set up with the aim of promoting and expanding the festival in years to come. It’s already a very popular event and we hope to make it even more successful. ”

Many of the walks are accessible to people with restricted mobility, including the new Lapwings and Hares Tramper Trek, a four-mile walk on the lookout for wildlife. The council’s Trampers are all terrain electric buggies that can deal with stones, mud, grass and rough ground. Wyre’s dedicated volunteers can provide help and advice on using them and accompany people on walks if required.

The full programme is available now. Download a copy or request one at www.visitwyre.co.uk or pick up a copy from tourist information centres.

Booking is essential on many walks, so reserve your place early by calling 01995 602125.

l Anyone interested in joining the Friends of Garstang Walking Festival should contact Cherry Childes on 01772 491616 or email childes@blue yonder.co.uk