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The next Walking Festival will be May 25th - 31st 2015 - put this date in your diary!


» Festival Fun Day

Lakelands are once again organising the Festival Fun Day and Festival launch at East Carlton Park on Monday 25th - it promises to be bigger and better than ever.  Details here as plans for the day develop. Click here for a report and photos of the 2014 event.




The Corby Walking Festival is in its seventh year and celebrates the wealth of walking opportunities in and around the borough of Corby.

Corby is situated within the stunning countryside of the Welland Valley and Rockingham Forest in the county of Northamptonshire. The town itself is surrounded by 8 picturesque villages and the whole area has a rich steelmaking heritage which has played a key role in the rise and fall of the fortunes of the borough up to the present day.  Corby is now a thriving borough undergoing huge physical, social and aspirational change. It is now viewed as an attractive place to live, with top quality facilities such as the East Midlands International Pool and the Corby Cube.

The Festival is now a 7 day event and was initially developed by local Parish Path Warden and walking enthusiast Mel Jarvis, who created the Around Corby 34 mile circular route, which connects the parishes via a series of public footpaths.

The Festival is now organised by a Working Group which is made up of a number of local and county organisations such as Corby Borough Council, Northamptonshire Ramblers, Northamptonshire County Council and East Carlton Health Walking Group. A 3 day walking programme is offered with a variety of led walks to suit all interests and fitness abilities. Everyone can experience the enjoyment of walking with no charge, whether they live in the town or villages, courtesy of the Festival.  Whether you’re a complete walking novice, interested in local history, photography, wildlife, or just want to challenge yourself with one of the long distance routes, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.




PUT IT IN YOUR DIARY NOW! The next Festival takes place 25th - 31st May 2015 Watch this page for further news on the walk programme as it is developed. 








The Working Group is pleased to support Lakelands Day Care Hospice as the beneficiary charity for 2015. Lakelands provides respite day care facilities for adults in North Northamptonshire, South Leicestershire and Rutland. The goal of the organisation is to improve the quality of life of patients and families living with life-limiting illnesses, including cancer and heart failure. For more information about the work of Lakelands click here.




Corby Walking Festival is pleased to announce the involvement of the National Trust for 2015. Two walking activities are included for Lyveden New Bield near Oundle, one of the most haunting survivals of the Elizabethan age. Designed by Sir Thomas Tresham to express his devout Catholic faith, the mansion and  moated Elizabethan gardens were abandoned when Sir Thomas died in1605. It is known as one of England’s oldest garden landscapes. Amazingly, it has remained frozen in this incomplete state over 400 years, surrounded by fragments of a formal garden which restoration work is gradually beginning to reveal. The building was donated to the National Trust in 1922.
You can visit the Lyveden web link on the National Trust website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lyveden
For more information on the work of the National Trust visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk






Three attractive walks have been developed by Corby Borough Council for local people to enjoy at Hazel & Thoroughsale Woods in the heart of Corby. These walks are unled so you can choose to enjoy these routes at your  own convenience.  These ancient woods provide a great place to visit, while linking back to the history of the Rockingham Forest. Volunteers work all year round to help maintain and manage these woodlands. Look out for wild flowers, butterflies and other wildlife  such as birds like the Nuthatch and the elusive Jay! Afterwards, you can  enjoy a cuppa and something to eat at Corby Boating Lake Café.
Full details on these three walks here.