There are lots of good reasons to take part in the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival this year, which runs from Saturday 19 May to Sunday 3 June. Walking is proven to be one of the best types of exercise, improving heart health, speeding up metabolism and improving your mood.
National Walking Month, promoted by Living Streets charity, takes place each May aimed at reminding all of us to build more walking into our daily lives. They recommend that just 20 minutes every day can make a positive difference.
Closer to home, the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival is supported by Lincolnshire County Council’s Access Lincoln initiative; supporting people to use walking and cycling for shorter journeys, which in turn reduces congestion in built-up areas.
Festival Co-ordinator, Natalie Lunt, said: “This year, there are over 100 walks on offer. You can discover the history of an area with a guided talking walk, try something new with a themed walk, enjoy an energetic ramble, relax with a short stroll, or experience the Wolds in a different light with one of the night walks on offer. Whatever your age and ability pull on your walking boots and join in the fun, there really is something for everyone!”
Those who fancy a challenge can sign up to the ‘Great Walk’, the biggest walk of the festival! This is your chance to walk the Lincs Wolds Way, a 76 miles circular walk in 6 manageable stages, with a rest day in-between.
Along with the challenging walks there are over 40 ‘easy’ walks which are suitable for most levels of fitness. The packed programme also feature routes suitable for wheelchair users and accessible with pushchairs.
Many walks are family friendly and feature fun activities such as shelter building, bushcraft, treasure trails, bug hunts and more, so there's plenty to keep the little ones busy during the May half term.
For more information about how to take part go to www.woldswalkingfestival.co.uk, check out social media (facebook: @lincswoldswalkingfestival) or pick up a brochure from tourist venues and libraries across the county.