Put your best foot forward for Fakenham’s first Walking Festival

Fakenham is to host a new three day Walking Festival from Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16, 2013.

Margaret Tomlinson, who led the organising committee, said: “We want the festival to benefit the local community and its businesses, as well as the people who are going to come here and discover the delights of walking in North West Norfolk. It’s also a great opportunity for local people to join a walking group.”

Each day there will be four walks guided by experienced walk leaders from the Fakenham Ramblers. These walks will vary from short three-mile local strolls up to 10 mile walks for the more energetic.

Numbers will be limited to 25 for each walk so it is important to book places on www.fakenhamwalkingfestival.co.uk Transport will be free and all walks will start in Fakenham with transport to and from the walk venues.

Fenland Ramblers chairman Judith Smyth said: “The difficult part has been deciding which walks to leave out because we live in such a lovely area and have so many choices. I have been walking these footpaths for over 15 years and love the variety and enjoyment they offer.

“Walks in the festival range from 10 mile sections of the Coastal Path from Hunstanton to Sheringham, to local paths around Fakenham including the Wensum valley and medium length walks around Wells, Holkham, Felbrigg, Cley, Stody, Burnhams, Walsingham and more.”

Fringe events will start with a welcoming event and a talk on the many natural features of the area by David North of Norfolk Wildlife Trust in Fakenham Community Centre on Thursday, June 13. Traditional music on old Norfolk instruments will be played by Rig-a-Jig-Jig and free tea, coffee and homemade cakes will be served.

The Oak restaurant in Fakenham and Sculthorpe Mill will be hosts for evening meals and quiz on the Friday and Saturday respectively and these must be booked in advance via the website. The festival will finish with a Sunday afternoon tea after the last walk.

It is expected that the festival will attract people from all over the country to discover North Norfolk by walking. The area offers beautiful wide open walking country from the renowned coastline, extensive private estates with permissive access, to quiet villages and footpaths through a rolling landscape.

Fakenham Walking Festival is supported and sponsored by the Ramblers Association for the Norfolk area, Fakenham Town Council and Norfolk County Council.