Garstang Walking Festival
6th - 14th May 2017
Walks are graded from those which all abilities can easily accomplish (flat, surfaced paths, no stiles and suitable for wheelchairs and buggies) to the very hard (limited paths, rough walking and steep climbs). Participants will need to have stout footwear or walking boots, all weather clothing and for longer walks a packed lunch and drink. In the programme 18 venues are listed offering 46 guided walks or health walks (which are provided throughout the year.)
Health walks and short walks lasting up to an hour are free. Half day walks cost £3.50 (Concessions £2.50). Full day walks cost £4.50 (Concessions £3.50) Check out the programme on www.wyre.gov.uk website. Booking enquiries phone 01995 602125.
I know many readers like the concept of walking but are hesitant to give it a go. Even the wonderful walks described in this column week after week fail to induce them to take those first steps into the great outdoors. Well Garstang Walking Festival with its programme of walks to suit every ability is an ideal introduction to the simple and beneficial joys of countryside walking.
Start: Calder Vale War memorial. PR3 1SH GR: SD 530 455
Time: 1 – 1 ½ hours
Map: OS OL 41 The Forest of Bowland
Cross the River Calder to reach “the Square” in front of the mill and Methodist chapel. (Alternative starting place at weekends.)
Bear left passing Long Row on the right to enter the woods on a footpath leading up to the church. The path quickly passes the old mill lodge – an attractive artificial lake on the right. After 500yds arrive at the rear gates of the churchyard.
Keep ahead to pass the old school house to reach a junction. (During term time readers are asked follow the concessionary path around to the right of the school playground to reach this point.
3. Follow the track downhill to Landskill Farm. When you reach it turn right through its yard. Ignore the path on the left to Cobble Hey and continue on a concrete track on the far side passing the farm house on your right.
After 200yds the track turns right. Here take a footpath on the left through the left of two metal gates. Bearing right cross pasture to reach and go through a wooden kissing gate and then continue on the same diagonal course
to reach the River Calder. Cross the footbridge
and turn right on a lane leading back to Calder Vale.