Another great 16 days of walking in the East Midlands' only Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we offered 113 great walks and activities for every age group and walking ability.
We celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Viking Way this year, a long-distance trail which starts at Barton-upon-Humber and winds its way through Lincolnshire to finish on the shores of Rutland Water. Our launch venue, the village of Donington-on-Bain, is situated on the Viking Way and 30 walks during the festival made the most of this special route.
Highlights of the festival included the 6 day Lincs Wolds Way, which is becoming an annual favourite. Medieval Saltmaking in Marshchapel introduced visitors to the fascinating story of this coastal village and explained why Queen Elizabeth I commissioned a detailed survey of the area. Access for all was a big theme in 2016 too, highlighting opportunities for people with disabilities. We were delighted to work with Access the Dales and TerrainHopper to offer a tryout day, which we're pleased to be running again in 2017.
The festival finale was held at the National Trust's Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens. With activities for all the family, ranging from bug hunting to garden tours, the day was a great success and a perfect end to the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival in 2016.
The festival couldn't take place without all the support provided by volunteers, funders and partners.
Thank you our walk leaders, to the festival steering group, to our local authority supporters and funders, to our sponsors Webtogs, HF Holidays, Wanderlust Camp and Stourton Estates, to the volunteer admin team and to the project co-hosts, Heritage Lincolnshire and the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service. We couldn't do it without you!