Great views tempt walkers to event

AROUND 300 walkers are expected to turn out to enjoy views of stunning countryside on the Waendel Walkers’ annual Valley and Views walk.

The walk will take place on Sunday. Walkers will set off on circular routes starting and finishing at Wilbarston Village Hall.

Walkers can choose to do 26, 16 or six miles.

John Percival from the Waendel Walkers said the Valley and Views walk had attracted walkers from around the country and had even attracted international walkers in the past.

He said: “There’s been people come to it from all over the country. Previously we have had two bus loads from Belgium and a bus load from France.

“This year we have got more pre-bookings than we have had in a long time. We would expect 300 people plus on the day.”

Mr Percival said walkers would get the chance to take in the stunning views of the Welland Valley as they completed the walk.

He said: “Within the walking community it’s the start of the season and it’s an opportunity for people to go and do a 26-mile walk or a shorter one. As a result it attracts people from far and wide.

“It’s one of the first major walks throughout the country.

“There are some lovely views and locations. Those that come regularly do because they love the views and the scenery. When you get to the tops of the hills it’s 360 degree views and lovely exceptional scenery – you have got to go a long way to see anything like it.”

He said the walk was well planned to make the day run smoothly for all of the walkers.

Mr Percival said: “People come because they know the area, they know it’s lovely countryside so it’s a good day out and everyone enjoys it.

“We provide route directions, there’s no question of getting lost and there’s checkpoints all the way round. It’s that that provides reassurance and gives the walk a pleasant nature.”

Walkers who want to do the 26-mile walk will set off between 7.30am and 9am.

Walkers doing 16 miles can begin anytime between 7.30am and 11am and walkers doing six miles can set off between 9am and 1pm.

For more information on the Valley and Views call Mr Percival on 01933 226023.