Caistor’s all set for a Wolds walking finale

IT’S time to dust off your walking boots and get ready to see the wonder of the Wolds as details of the 2012 walking festival are announced.

And Caistor has been chosen to host the grand finale of the 16-day event on June 10, much to the delight of town historian Alan Dennis.

“We are honoured to have the opportunity to offer out Caistor to the public and share some of its history and the many delights the town has to offer,” he said.

Mr Dennis will be leading some of the ten walks being held in and around Caistor on finale day, along with fellow members of Caistor Civic Society and Caistor Walks Group.

The day will be rounded off at 3.30pm in the town hall, with the traditional cutting of the festival cake.

Now in its 8th year, this year’s Wolds Walking Festival features 92 walks.

“This year’s event is the biggest, and hopefully, the best yet,” said festival project officer Angie Fordwich-Gorely.

“There are walks to suit all ages, abilities and interests - ranging from one mile to 20 miles.

“We are pleased to be offering walks for those with restricted mobility, families, walks with illustrated talks – and even a walk for dogs.

“The finale in Caistor will feature ten walks, spread throughout the day, telling people a whole host of things about the town.

“I would urge people to come along and see how Caistor is shining once more.”

The festival will be launched on Saturday, May 26, at Gunby Hall, near Skegness.

The event will include country craft stalls, medieval walks and garden tours with the hall’s head gardener.

A number of walks will be held over the extended Jubilee Bank Holiday, with one walk including the lighting of a beacon on the Scrivelsby Estate, by Lt Col John Dymoke, the current Queen’s Champion.

Nearer to home, there will be the chance to take part in the chocolate walk – with the treat of a cup of cocoa and a tasting at Special Edition Chocolates – and to take in the delights of many of the Rase area villages.

The festival will also incorporate the annual Ramblers’ Service at All Saint’s Church in Walesby – known as The Ramblers’ Church – on Sunday, June 3 at 3pm.

Full details of all the walks are available in the festival brochure which is out now.

Visit www.woldswalkingfestival.co.uk to order or download a brochure, find a walk and get more information.

Brochures are also available at various information points across the county or by phoning 01507 609740.