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Walking Festival set to finish with a flourish

16th May 2013

Categories: News


Not even the unpredictable British weather has managed to dampen enthusiasm for Wirral’s first-ever Walking Festival.

It is now the halfway mark in the month-long festival and the schedule is still crammed full of attractive and interesting walks, suitable for people of all ages and abilities, right across Wirral.

In addition to regular health walks and Buggy Park Fitness strolls, there are a number of fascinating one-off events planned in the latter part of the festival, including bat walks in Birkenhead Park and geology walks at Wirral Country Park as well as short walks around some of Wirral’s villages to longer treks throughout the area’s countryside.

On Saturday 18th May, an event billed as 'Wirral’s Biggest Dog Walk' is taking place along the Wirral Way and Thurstaston beach to help raise money and awareness of Wirral Hospice (St. John's). This walk starts at 9.30am and costs £5 to take part, although for this those people and dogs will receive a 'doggy bag' and certificate. Sponsorship and application forms are available from hayley@wirralhospice.org, telephone 0151 343 0778.

On Sunday 19th, there is the popular Wirral Coastal Walk, where people sign up and aim to raise money for a charity of their own choosing by walking either the full distance – 15 miles from Seacombe to Thurstaston – 10 miles (Seacombe to Kings Gap, Hoylake) or 4 miles to the Derby Pool. Full details of how to take part in the Coastal Walk can be obtained at www.wirralcoastalwalk.org

There is something happening on every day of the festival and right up until the very last day – Friday 31st May – there are attractive events scheduled, with a free hour-long guided walk around historic Port Sunlight village taking place at 2pm and one of Claremont Farm’s popular ‘Field to Fork’ events bringing the festival to a close at 7pm.

‘Field to Fork’ invites you to spend a gourmet evening at the farm and find out why they think asparagus is the Godfather of vegetables. A chance to stroll across the farm with the farmer to the asparagus field, learn all about the crop and how it’s grown and harvested and then have a go yourself. Then it’s back to the kitchen for a well-earned drink and a short demo and tasting before tucking into the main buffet with lots of asparagus inspired dishes. Booking is essential, visit www.claremontfarm.co.uk/forthcomingevents.html for more details.

Cllr Chris Meaden, Wirral Council Cabinet member for Culture, Tourism and Leisure, said: “We’re delighted with how the first festival has gone so far and we know that some of walks have attracted visitors from all over the country to the area. I’d urge anyone that hasn’t already taken part in one of the walks to check out the schedule at www.visitwirral.com/walkingfestival and see what takes their fancy.”

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