Step out for 10th walking festival

Garstang Walking Festival
Garstang Walking Festival

One of the biggest events in Garstang’s calendar kicks off on Friday.

And organisers are hoping that as many people as possible from across the county will buckle up their walking boots for the 10th Garstang Walking Festival.

Along with celebrating a decade of walks which show off some of the beauty, heritage and history of the area, festival organisers Wyre Council and the Friends of Garstang Walking Festival pride themselves on this being a friendly and welcoming event.

The theme this year is rivers, particularly the Brock, Calder, Grizedale and the Wyre. Each day there will be one themed event around the rivers and walkers will be given the chance to visit places and routes not normally open to the public.

This is thanks to volunteer walk leader Pat Ascroft who has managed to secure special guests for walkers to meet, including the man who has been the coastguard at Knott End for 40 years.

There will also be an opportunity to meet the Duke of Westminster’s grouse biologist who will talk about bird life along the Wyre.

A dedicated walker, Pat is among dozens of enthusiasts who make the walking festival possible every year.

It will run until Sunday, May 19, and there will be a variety of walks of all types of terrain for people to tackle, so there is sure to be something for people of every age and ability to get stuck into. Each one is graded.

Highlights include the Garstang Historical Pub Stroll, the Garstang Bat Hunt and the Garstang and Lancaster Canal Ramble and Tramper Trek.

Festival events also include an open day at Bleasdale Tower Gardens on the Saturday and Sunday along with a Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team awareness day.