Sunshine brings walkers out for 5th annual festival

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Thousands of fun-seekers flocked to a fun day at East Carlton Country Park, which provided a grand finale to Corby’s fifth walking festival.

Families basked in the sunshine on Monday at the event which was held to raise funds for Lakelands Hospice, in Butland Road.

Darcee Moore, 6, and sister Niamh Moore, 18 months, enjoying the fun day

Darcee Moore, 6, and sister Niamh Moore, 18 months, enjoying the fun day

There was no shortage of attractions to keep people entertained, including a dog show, displays by Nene Valley Dance Studio, performances by Corby Silver Band and all the usual stalls and sideshows.

Paul Marlow, community fundraiser at Lakelands, said: “It was a terrific event and we couldn’t have asked for better weather.

“We planned to hold a fun day as part of Corby Walking Festival last year but it had to be called off after torrential rain.

“Thousands of people came along and the car park was full to capacity.

“The dog show was a really popular event and we had more than 100 entries.

“Everyone had a great time and it was a big success for Lakelands, the walking festival and East Carlton Country Park.”

The walking festival, which took place from Saturday to Monday, featured a programme of events enabling people to enjoy Corby ancient woodlands, Rockingham Forest and the stunning Welland Valley.

Saturday included the first leg of a 34-mile walk around Corby, which was led by Mel Jarvis. It covered a distance of 18 miles.

There were also history-themed walks around Gretton, led by Ian Preston, and the site of Pipewell Abbey, when Dr Peter Hill revealed fascinating facts from its past.

East Carlton Walking Group organised a walk which ended in the restored Elizabethan gardens at Lyveden New Bield, near Bristock.

It was led by Noel Rogers and Rita Robins.

Sally Wicklow, who took part in the six-and-a-half mile walk, said: “It was an excellent walk and was really well organised. There was a great turnout and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. We were caught in a downpour but that didn’t spoil the fun.”

On Sunday walkers completed the Around Corby hike and there were circular routes at Kirby Hall, around Corby Old Village and at Foxton and Gumley.

There were also demonstrations of Nordic walking by Kye Bishop, of Corby Council, and a short walk around the boating lake, organised by East Carlton Walking Group.

People also discovered more about Corby’s ancient woodland when they completed the hazel, willow and oak trails, in the town.