Corby Walking Festival Strides to success for 2015!

Corby enjoyed the 7th annual walking festival, which took place from 25 – 31 May this year.  24 walks were scheduled over the week, with a wide range of themes and distances to appeal to both the novice and experienced.  
The weather was mixed but this didn’t stop approximately 220 people taking part over the week. Walks foraging in Fineshade Woods and learning about wild foods, alongside finding about more about the local wildlife in Kingswood forest and the ever popular hourly walks taking in the pretty villages of Middleton, Cottingham and East Carlton.
The event was launched by the Festival Family Fun Day, run by Lakelands Day Care Hospice and for the third year running, the weather was on our side. Approximately 700- 800 people came along and joined in the fun activities, including the Northants County Council’s crazy bikes, bouncy castles, and trying their luck at the hook a duck and other games/stalls! Leicestershire Orienteering Club also ran a taster orienteering course at East Carlton, for those who wanted to test their map reading skills. The Lakelands Dog Show again proved to be a fantastic success, with over 200 dogs taking part across a range of categories from the waggiest tail to the most handsome dog. Congratulations to all the winners and runners up!














                                                             2015 Winner                                                                                                                             2015 Runner up


Walking programme

Local Mayor for 2014/15 Cllr Anthony Dady, led a walk within Corby town centre, which included a short walk at each of the Mayor's chosen charities: Corby Food bank, Corby Street Pastors and the Lighthouse Drop-in Centre.
The Around Corby 34 mile route made a welcome comeback this year, with the route being split over 4 days for those who wanted more of walking challenge.  And there were plenty of people who wanted to brave the risk of blisters. Sore feet and blood, sweat and tears over the four days! But a great sense of achievement at completing it.
The Rockingham History Group ran a local history walk taking in the village heritage trail, which covered key points of the village’s history from 1066 onwards.  18 people took part and enjoyed tea and refreshments at the local village hall afterwards.
Lakelands Day care Hospice ran their crazy Lakelands Legs appeal and local walking groups East Carlton Health Walk Group and Northamptonshire Ramblers also led some delightful walks taking in some of our lovely countryside and scenic views across the North Northants area.


























A new look for Corby Walking festival in 2016.  Monday 30 May - Sunday 5 June

The Walking Festival will be taking on a new look for 2016, and will be celebrating the outdoors in general. Therefore the Walking Festival will be changing to the Corby Outdoors Festival, as we make exciting new links with the Corby CycleFest event, which takes place on 25 June 2016.
The walking programme will still be a major part of the festival but we are also looking to add in some new events to encourage people to be active and get outdoors in Corby borough! As always the festival will kick start with the Lakelands Family Fun Day at East Carlton Park on Monday 30 May.



2017 Dates

Set in your diary now for the 2017 Festival, which will be 29th May - 4th June.





See more of the photographs taken of earlier Festivals - 2011, 2012, 2013







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