Stanwick Lakes has been buzzing with walkers as walks for all ages, abilities and interests have been taking place as part of a week of walking.
The week of walks was kicked off by local ornithologist Bob Webster who led families for a ramble around the nature reserve.
Bob helped the guests to spot and identify the wildlife including Little Egrets, Goldfinches, a Chetti’s warbler and flocks of migrating swallows.
Senior Ranger Luke Johns guided a group of walkers around the reserve, sharing some of the secrets of how the site is managed for the wildlife that live there and the hundreds of thousands of people who visit every year.
Sessions of Nordic Walking, a Bramble Rambles with walk leader Susan Copperwheat and Stanwick Lakes site expert, Andy Chapman also joined in the week of events.
Andy, the archaeologist who was involved in the Stanwick Lakes excavations, guided visitors around areas of historical interest on the site, including Bronze Age Barrows, a deserted medieval village and the site of the roman villa.
Guests were treated to a double dose of ‘walking that is good for you!’ when Fiona of Rushden Nordic Walking lead a free taster session, while the Stanwick Lakes Health Walkers invited new members to its weekly walk.
The free walks take place twice a week at Stanwick Lakes, all year round, regardless of the weather.
Volunteers Fiona and Robin run regular Nordic walking sessions at Stanwick Lakes.
Nordic Walking is an enhanced ordinary walking, using poles exercising upper body muscles are used as well as the legs.
The poles help propel the walker along making them work harder than usual yet the supporting poles make it feel easier.
Chairman of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Marika Hillson was one of the many yompers to join the health walk which benefits are said to include boosting energy, raising heart rate and burning calories.
Cllr Hillson said: “We are very fortunate in East Northants to have such a fabulous facility like Stanwick Lakes that everyone can enjoy.
“There is nothing more tranquil and healthy than a good walk in a beautiful environment.
“So put your best foot forward and take part in walking and enjoy the wildlife, nature and historical walks Stanwick Lakes has to offer.”
For more information about walks at Stanwick Lakes, visit www.stanwicklakes.org.uk,