Horncastle set for a starring role in Festival


Organisers of the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival want people to put their best foot forward and make this year’s event a success.

The Horncastle area will enjoy a starring role in the 2014 festival, which will run from Saturday May 17 until Sunday June 1.

As well as staging a number of walks, Horncastle will also bring the festival to what promises to be a lively conclusion.

On Saturday (May 31), the Sir Joseph Banks Centre in Bridge Street will host the Crafter’s Guild between 10am-4pm.

In the evening, the centre will stage a charity barbecue from 6pm to 9pm, hosted by Horncastle Lions.

Snipe Dales Country Park at Winceby will also join in the fun on May 31 with young people invited to join in bushcraft, bug-hunting and birdwatching.

On the final day (Sunday June 1), the Horncastle Walkers Are Welcome Group will host the festival to celebrate their official launch.

Refreshments will be served all day at Stanhope Hall with live music provided by Steppin’ Stones between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

Walkers are encouraged to enjoy a number of local route.

They are invited to return to Stanhope Hall for the conclusion of the festival with the traditional cutting and sharing of a cake.

In all, the festival features 128 walks, ranging from hour-long town tours to a rigorous ramble taking four days.

Among the walks in the Horncastle area is Hemingby’s Horrible History.

Listed as an easy walk, it features a route on which a village constable was battered to death in Victorian times

On a slight brighter note, the Ebrington Arms walk is a brisk eight mile stroll in the Kikby on Bain area, taking in the river bank and the village of Roughton.

Other routes include a Horncastle Town Walk and “Two Streams In One” - a gentle stroll through Horncastle, Fulletby and Ashby.

It is the festival’s tenth anniversary and organisers are promising several new ventures - including a Speed Dating Walk.

A spokesman said: “Whether you are a regular walker, want to challenge yourself to walk a bit more, or learn more about the area, then we have something for you.”

Full details of all the routes - and dates and times - are available from www.woldswalkingfestival.co.uk