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
Walks programmes available in South Lakes and Furness outlets, libraries etc from the beginning of February 2018.
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.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL IN 2018 FOR ANOTHER EXCITING WALKFEST