“I don’t want to go on a walk. That’s boring!”
If that’s the response you expect from younger family members, why not tempt them with some of the great activity walks on offer during the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival.
From the launch event at Healing near Grimsby on Saturday May 17, right through until the Finale Weekend at Horncastle on Saturday May 31 and Sunday June 1, there is a huge choice of fun experiences for every age group.
And, what’s even better, most of the walks are free!
Pre-school walkers will enjoy walking and cooking on the Farm to Fork Walk (Wednesday May 21), discovering creepy crawlies on The Bug Walk in Grimsby’s Weelsby Woods (Wednesday May 28) or Storytime in People’s Park (Friday May 30).
Even younger walkers are welcome at the NCT Pushchair Walk in Weelsby Woods (Wednesday May 28).
Some great, and sometimes gory, history-themed walks will enthuse slightly older walkers, with the chance to recreate the times of William the Conqueror at the Festival Launch onMay 17, or go Dragon Hunting at Bolingbroke Castle on Friday May 30.
Why not join Gaius Titus Mestrius and his missus for a Right Roman Ramble on Sunday 18 and Saturday May 31) or experience Hemingby’s Horrible History on Tuesday May 27).
More Horrible History walks, led by Rhubarb Theatre, take place on Thursday May 29, and not to be outdone, Horrible Horncastle can be discovered on Saturday May 31!
Physical challenges, games and nature experiences will inspire young people to get involved. The launch event features a climbing wall and geocache trail, with Geocaching for Beginners walks in the evenings of Monday 19 and Tuesday May 20.
The Wild Food and Medicine walk (Tuesday May 27) and Sunnyside Up Family Walk (Friday May 30) have foodie connections, whilst Chalk Stream Biodiversity Bingo (Friday May 30) offers a fun way to learn about the nationally important Wolds water courses.
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is hosting a lively Open Day at Snipe Dales Country Park on Saturday May 31, with Family Bush Craft, Mini-Beast Hunting and Bird Walks on offer, as well as a host of other fun activities during the day.
For the first time, the Walking Festival is also offering family-friendly cycling opportunities.
Children aged six years and upwards (accompanied by an adult) are welcome to get on their bikes and join these group rides.
Bikes can even be hired for the first ride, at the launch event, by phoning Grimsby Cycle Hub on 01472 354986.
For more information about all of these events, and the many short walks that are also perfect for families - go to www.woldswalkingfestival.co.uk or look out for a brochure at local attractions and libraries.
*Please note that some of the above walks need to be booked in advance, contact details can be found on the website or in the brochure.