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Ulverston WalkFest 2018

Saturday 28th April - Monday 7th May 2018



The walks programme is now available to view, download and print on our Walks page and the paper programmes will be available in South Lakes and Furness outlets, libraries etc  from the middle of March 2018.

Please take a moment to look at our Walk Notes page as there is important information that you should know about if joining us for walks.

Ulverston WalkFest 2018

'A Mountain Emergency'   A talk by Martin Cooper from The  Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team (DFMRT) .

Sunday 29 April 2018 7.30pm Supper Room, Coro Hall, Ulverston. LA12 7LZ

Tickets £7  Pay on the door  Unreserved seating   All proceeds to DFMRT

Martin Cooper has been an active member of DFMRT, and their Fundraising Officer, for 15 years.  His animated talk will take you through an actual call-out from being woken in the early hours to returning for a late breakfast.  Martin will show the kit carried, describe how  the incident evolved as further information and more members became available, success of a 'find' and how the casualty was dealt with.  It has been described as fascinating, informative and inspirational, and a great way to describe the rescue service.

For more information see our Events page

Ulverston WalkFest 2017  

Great la'al WalkFest

Helped by the fine weather we have had another successful year with numbers maintaining a slight increase year on year. Again this year, the event was supported by local residents and again this year visitors from other countries came to enjoy the ten days of 32 walks on offer. We pride themselves on providing a personal service wherever possible and this was demonstrated when a call came for help with the hiring of walking poles from a woman from Helsinki who was coming all the way from Finland for the festival and couldn't fit her poles into her suitcase.  Organisers raced to the rescue and loaned her a pair for a week for which she was very grateful.  Other participants came from Australia, London, Holland, the Midlands, and Lancashire. Peter, 81, came all the way from Pembroke in his caravan and went on a walk every day for a week.

The most well-attended walk this year, with 37 walkers, was the Herb Walk with Sarah Atkinson from The Medicine Garden in Ulverston.  Themed walks, such as the Copper Mines, Iron Age to Iron Mine and Mining Cists and Cairns, continued to be popular and walkers who attended the Rusland Moss walk were rewarded with a wonderful display from the Ospreys.

We are keen to keep the walk fees as low as possible that have remained at £2/3, with no charge for children, since 2013 so everyone can enjoy the benefits of walking and the environment.  Ulverston Town Council helps to keep the fees low with annual financial support for this popular local festival.  Previous sponsors have been The Townlands Trust, Cumbria County Council Neighbourhood Forum, Keswick to Barrow Walk Charity and the Mary Portas Fund.

The car sharing scheme from Ford Park again was well used helping to keep our impact on the environment to a minimum possible and many of the walks were accessed using the rail and bus networks. Also, our walk programmes and posters are printed by a company which uses carbon balanced materials.

Images from this year's festival will soon be available in the form of a slide show on our website www.ulverstonwalkfest.co.uk

For those of you who have been involved in previous years enjoy a touch of nostalgia with our lovely video kindly put together by Christine and Peter Quiggin.





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