WELCOME TO THE CORBY WALKING FESTIVAL WEBSITE!
The Corby Walking Festival is in its sixth year and celebrates the wealth of walking opportunities in and around the borough of Corby.
The Festival is a 3 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 3rd – 5th May 2014. Watch this page for further news on the walk programme as it is developed.
BENEFICIARY CHARITY FOR 2014
The Working Group is pleased to support Lakelands Day Care Hospice as the beneficiary charity for 2014. 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.
THE NATIONAL TRUST - A FESTIVAL PARTNER
Corby Walking Festival is pleased to announce the involvement of the National Trust for 2014. 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.
NEW FOR 2014 - UNLED WALK ROUTES. WOODLAND TRAILS IN CORBY
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.
EXTRA FESTIVAL DATES:
THE SUPERHERO SUNSET WALK - Friday 2 May, 7pm.
Meeting at Corby Boating Lake, Cottingham Road, Corby.
Join us for an heroic evening walk to kick start the Corby Walking Festival for 2014! The evening will consist of a one hour led walk around some of the town’s most attractive woodland and open areas, followed by food and a quiz to test the grey matter at the Everard Arms pub.
This year’s launch walk is based on the theme SUPERHEROES! So if you are feeling invincible, come along dressed as your favourite idol. The best dressed will win a prize. From Batman to Super Ted, we want to see them all!
Donations are welcome on the evening and will go towards supporting the Festival’s beneficiary charity, Lakelands Day Care Hospice. Many thanks to the Everard Arms for supporting the Festival launch.