The third annual Boroughbridge Easter Festival of Walks has been even more popular than last year. This according to the “Walkers are Welcome” group spokesman Barry McCallum after nearly 400 people took part in the 4 day event.
Mostly blessed with fine weather the various guided scenic walks attracted visitors from all over Yorkshire and beyond. One couple, en route from Nottingham to Newcastle stopped off in Boroughbridge for some lunch – and ended up on a 5 mile walk via Newby Hall estate! The nine free walks on offer included a nature reserve walk, a charity walk on behalf of JennyRuth Workshops, a Treasure Hunt walk for the children (of all ages) and the very interesting Myton on Swale walk. Again the ever popular Ghost Walk around the town centre pulled in the crowds, to be regaled with more spooky stories from members of the Hightimers, the local amateur dramatics group. Also along with the walking festival there was a hugely popular 2 day beer festival, a quiz night, music concert and a film show.
We wanted to come up with a programme to appeal to everyone regardless of age or ability said Mr McCallum, and we are particularly grateful to all the sponsors who made it all possible. We believe that by having a festival like this that it encourages many visitors to the area, and judging by the comment made by many of the walkers, will also bring them back again.
With many people already asking about a 2016 event, and asking about sponsorship opportunities, it looks as though the Walkers are Welcome group will be starting to plan next year’s event soon!