Finale first steps for town

Celebrating the new accreditation are Don Morgan, Helen Pitman, Peter Sanderson and Alan Dennis
Celebrating the new accreditation are Don Morgan, Helen Pitman, Peter Sanderson and Alan Dennis
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IT may be the end of this year’s Wolds Walking Festival – but it is just the beginning for Caistor.

As the town hosted the finale of the 16-day event, they were also celebrating being awarded their new Walkers are Welcome accreditation.

The town already has a number of designated walks created by the civic society and heritage trust, plus a town treasure hunt, with both organisations offering guided walks and town talks too.

In a collaboration between Caistor in Bloom and Sustainable Caistor, colourful leaflets have also been produced containing four mature trails.

“It is a great start and with the people of Caistor working together for this it is superb,” said Alan Dennis, vice-chairman of Caistor Heritage Trust.

“Now we need to try and develop more footpaths working with farmers and landowners to open out Caistor even more.”

Alan was one of those who led the 10 walks in Caistor as part of the Wolds Walking Festival Finale, which saw hundreds of people turn out to enjoy the architecture of the town and the rolling fields beyond.

Now, as one of 84 towns across the country with the Walkers are Welcome accreditation, it is hoped they will be able to welcome these walkers and many more back to Caistor – not just for the surrounding area, but for the town itself.

“We are also looking to set up a metal detectorist group to encourage even more people to the area,” added Alan.