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Explore the great outdoors at this year’s Garstang Walking Festival

Garstang Walking Festival Published Tuesday, 27 March 2018

It’s almost time for the 2018 Garstang Walking Festival! Taking place from Saturday 5 to Sunday 13 May, this year’s theme is 'moss, meadows and moorland'.

Locals and visitors to Wyre are invited to experience the best of springtime in the countryside around Garstang, the Forest of Bowland and the Fylde plain. The festival is an annual celebration of beautiful walks and this year there are over 40 walks taking place ranging in length from two to 16 miles.

Once again the festival is being co-ordinated by the Friends of Garstang Walking Festival, supported by Wyre Council and there’s a range of walks with something for every age and ability.  

If you’re up for a challenge, why not try the long distance three day series of walks known as “Knott to Tot”.  On Saturday 5 to Monday 7 May you can take part in three long walks exploring Wyre from the seashore to the Bowland Fells. These are strenuous walks for the seasoned hiker. Just come for one day or challenge yourself to all three! 

If you prefer a slower pace don’t worry there’s plenty of other walks to enjoy including wildlife walks, historical walks, dog friendly walks, and even some activities that children can get involved in.

There’s also the Dunsop Valley ramble which is suitable for use by tramper – an all terrain electric buggy that’s available to hire when you book you place. 

Participants are asked to wear walking boots, all weather clothing and to bring a packed lunch (if appropriate) and a drink with them, and will be given details of what they need when they book their place.  

Councillor Lynne Bowen, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Wyre Council comments, “The Garstang Walking Festival has been running for 14 years now and it’s a real highlight in Wyre’s events calendar. There’s no better way to take in the beautiful scenery than on a walk. As there are so many guided walks taking place, there is something for everyone to enjoy. For the first time, the third day of the Knott to Tot challenge is on a bank holiday so we’re hoping even more people can take part this year. ” 

To see the full programme of events, visit where you can download a copy of the brochure. 

If you would like to book a place on any of the walks you can book and pay by calling the Visit Garstang Centre on 01995 602125 or by visiting the centre in Cherestanc Square, Garstang, PR3 1EF. 

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