Put your best foot forward for Corby’s Walking Festival

The walking festival in 2013
The walking festival in 2013

People are being encouraged to stride out and join Corby’s Walking Festival.

May is the month of walking and Corby Council wants everyone to get involved as the festival returns for its seventh year running.

Youngsters from the borough have already been getting involved as part of Walk to School week, which started on Monday (May 18).

The council’s neighbourhood management team is working with Cottingham Primary School and Corby Primary Academy to tackle parking issues as part of the national event.

The schools have been running some taster park and stride initiatives during the week to encourage more children and parents to walk to school.

Pupils meet at a communal meeting place, after which parent volunteers, teaching staff, neighbourhood wardens and local Police Community Support Officers escort them to school.

Suzanne Preston, Corby Council’s rural pride officer, said: “School parking is an ongoing challenge across all schools in the borough and can cause significant tension within a community.

“By supporting Walk to School week, it’s hoped we can help to reduce some of the parking problems at both schools.

“And walking is also well recognised as an activity that can improve our health and well-being.

“We will also look to work with schools in the long term to run park and stride or walking bus initiatives on a regular basis in the future.”

The Walking Festival will take place from Monday, May 25, to Sunday, May 31, and hopes to offer a wider variety of walks to those who have been unable to take part in previous years while continuing to celebrate the wealth of walking opportunities in and around Corby.

The festival will kick off with a free family fun day on Monday, May 25, at East Carlton Country Park, organised by Lakelands Day Care Hospice.

There will be archery, bouncy castles, face painting, falconry as well as the Lakelands dog show.

The diverse walking programme includes local history, wildlife and evening walks.

There is also a chance for people to take in the scenery at Fineshade Woods this year with a nature’s larder walk.

After your forager’s expedition, you can sample some food and drinks at the Top Lodge Cafe and take in the sights of the Red Kites wheeling overhead.

The 34-mile Around Corby route has been re-introduced this year, which will be split into four shorter routes so people can now take on this 34-mile route challenge.

The festival continues its connection with Lakelands Day Care Hospice as the event’s beneficiary charity.

They will be organising their Lakelands Legs event during the week to help fundraise for their continued work in palliative care and life-limiting services.

For regular updates and a copy of the walk and events programme visit www.corbywalkingfestival.org.uk or contact Corby Council’s rural pride officer Suzanne Preston on 01536 463177 or email Suzanne.preston@corby.gov.uk

For more information on the work of Lakelands Day Care Hospice, visit www.lakelandshospice.org.uk.