Hundreds take part in district walking festival

NK Walking Festival 2015.
NK Walking Festival 2015.

A walking festival has been hailed a success after attracting more than double the number of entrants from the previous year.

Despite being only in its second year, the NK Walking Festival attracted 444 participants, who took part in walks across the district – from urban strolls in Sleaford town to the outdoor delights of Whisby Nature Park.

“We just can’t believe it,” said events officer Donna Sutton. “We hoped to improve on last year’s numbers, so to get more than double is a great achievement.”

The week-long event across North Kesteven took place from July 11 to 19 and saw participants cover about 110 miles.

Walks included a Sleaford urban history walk, a spires and steeples Magna Carta walk, Nordic walking, a pie and pea supper at Whisby Natural World Centre, a Sleaford riverside walk, a visit to Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre and to Temple Bruer Preceptory Tower.

The week was rounded off with a celebration finale – a 13-mile walk from Metheringham to the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford, where walkers were greeted with a drink.

“We couldn’t have done it without our volunteers,” added Donna. “Without them, the festival simply wouldn’t exist.”

She offered thanks to all who took part.