People are being urged to pull on their walking boots for the official opening of the East Northamptonshire Greenway path and cycle route.
East Northants Council hope the Greenway, which runs from Irthlingborough through Higham Ferrers and into Rushden, will provide a safe and accessible path for people to walk and cycle through the towns.
It links residential areas with schools, shops and leisure facilities, and connects with other cycling and walking routes in the district.
The official opening of the new Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows section of the Greenway will be held On Saturday June 29 at 10.30am.
Cllr Sarah Peacock, Chair of the Greenway Project Group, said: “Other sections of the Greenway are already being used by children to walk or cycle to school and by commuters to walk to work. We also know that families are using it to get to the lovely parks and green spaces along the route.
“Now that the Irthlingborough section is complete, we hope to see even more people getting on their bikes or enjoying a stroll along this route.”
The ribbon cutting will be followed by family fun activities at Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows and on Spencer Park, Rushden.
The activities include free wildlife crafts and activities at Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows, organised by the Wildlife Trust, which will run from 10.30am to 2.30pm. Entertainers, refreshments and a selection of unusual bikes will also be on show at Spencer Park from 10.45am to 2pm.
There will also be a ‘Best-Dressed Bike’ competition with a top prize on offer, and judging for this will take place at Spencer Park at noon.
A new ‘Boots & Bikes’ leaflet will also be launched on the day to promote walking and cycling routes running from Rushden to Thrapston.
The third phase of the Greenway project, which was supported with funding from Sustrans, SITA Trust and Northamptonshire County Council, was completed in March this year. James Lowe, Area Manager for Sustrans, said of the project: “The new Greenway is a fantastic asset for the East Northamptonshire community.
“People in Higham Ferrers and Irthlingborough will be pleased that there is now a quick alternative to the muddy path between the two towns so that pedestrians and cyclists can avoid busy roads. Walking and cycling is great for our health and this new route will mean everyone has the opportunity to get the exercise they need while making their everyday journeys.”
To find out more about the Greenway project, visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/greenway.