Step up for Corby Walking Festival

Hikers enjoy last year's Corby Walking Festival

Hikers enjoy last year's Corby Walking Festival

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Ramblers and lovers of the countryside are invited to step up and join Corby’s fifth walking festival.

It is being held from Saturday, May 4, to Monday, May 6, and offers a variety of routes, from a gentle stroll to a 35-mile walk around Corby and the surrounding villages, which is completed over two days.

Mel Jarvis, who will be leading the longest walk, said: “All the routes will feature the stunning countryside surrounding the town, its pretty villages, the wonderful Welland Valley and the many public footpaths criss-crossing the area.

“There will be many superb walks, several of which will be led by members of the Ramblers. For those who love the countryside and the exercise walking provides, there will be something to suit everyone. Additional highlights will include Nordic walking demonstrations, history and photography-themed walks and woodland trails in Corby’s ancient woodlands.”

Corby is a Walkers are Welcome community and festival partners this year include Corby Council, the county council, Northamptonshire Ramblers, the Rotary Club of Corby Phoenix, Corby Lions and many others such as the National Trust.

Two of the walks on the programme will be around Lyveden New Bield, a trust property near Brigstock.

There will also be a walking festival community fun day, being organised by Lakelands Hospice, Corby, which will take place on Sunday, May 5, at East Carlton Country Park.

Attractions will include Corby Silver Band, children’s rides, a bouncy castle, face-painting, a dog show and an archery demonstration.

The full programme and other information is available at www.corbywalkingfestival.org.uk or see Corby Walking Festival on Facebook.