Wolds Walking Festival attracted almost 5,000 people

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Over 16 days of sun, rain and hail, the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival attracted its largest ever number of participants to walk some of the 530 miles that made up this year’s festival.

Weighing in at just under 5,000 people, this year’s event drew walkers from as far afield as Northern Ireland to enjoy Lincolnshire’s own Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Lincolnshire Wolds.

Festival chairman, Ramblers Area Secretary Stuart Parker, is delighted with the result: “It’s been a fantastic turn out this year. We offered the largest programme of walks to date, including an epic 2 day 36 mile walk, and despite some very mixed weather people joined us in their droves. All credit to the volunteer walk leaders who make this event possible – we couldn’t do it without you.”

Feedback from the event is now pouring in, and already the headline message from walkers is: We want this festival to continue next year.

Project co-ordinator Nicki Jarvis said: “We have enjoyed four years of support through the Lindsey Action Zone, which comes to an end in September. Now we need to secure funding to enable next year’s festival to go ahead and make sure that walkers from far and near can celebrate the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival’s 10th Anniversary. I’m confident that, with the commitment shown in all quarters, we can do it!”