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The next Walking Festival will be

May 29th - June 4th 2017 - put this date in your diary!


» Festival Fun Day

Lakelands are once again organising the Festival Fun Day and Festival launch at East Carlton Park on Monday 29th - it promises to be bigger and better than ever.  Details here and here as plans for the day develop. Click here for a report and photos of the 2014 event.




Corby Outdoors Festival. It’s not just about walking!


Corby Walking Festival is in its 9th annual year and has a new look. The event is now being re-named as Corby Outdoors Festival and will be taking place from 29 May – 4 June this year. A wider range of outdoor activities will be offered, including cycling, running and an outdoor cinema event. It’s hoped this will  encourage more  people to be involved with the Festival and experience the health and social benefits that walking and general outdoor activity offers. As in previous years, the walk programme will still form an important part of the week-long event and will celebrate the wealth of walking opportunities in and around Corby, Northamptonshire.


Corby is a vibrant borough situated in the heart of England, with excellent road links via the A14 to the M1, M6 and A1. It has gone through a period of rapid change over the past 30 years, from decline following the closure of the steel working industry in 1980, to a reversal of fortunes over the past ten years via a dynamic regeneration programme. The borough is exceptional as it has an abundance of urban green spaces and woodland, and also has the magnificent Rockingham Forest on its doorstep, which was once former hunting grounds of the medieval Kings of England.


The Festival will kick off with a free Family Fun Day on Monday 29 May at East Carlton Country Park, organised by Lakelands Day Care Hospice. Join in the family fun with archery, bouncy castles, face painting, children’s rides and much more!  And if your dog deserves a Crufts style accolade, enter them into the Lakelands Dog Show.


The walking programme continues to offer a diverse range of walking activities, which will include local history and evening walks. There is also a chance for people to take in the amazing scenery at Fineshade Woods, Top Lodge this year. After your forager’s expedition, sample some lovely food and beverages at the Top Lodge Cafe and take in the sights of the Red Kites wheeling overhead. For more information visit their website www.forestry.gov.uk/toplodge


The Festival continues its special connection with Lakelands Day Care Hospice as the event’s beneficiary charity. They will be running their ever-popular Wags and Wellies walk, to help fundraise for their continued work in palliative care and life limiting services.  Walkers of the 2 and 4 legged variety are required!


Cllr Paul Beattie, Corby Borough Council member champion for Cycling and Walking said: ‘I’m pleased to be supporting this event. Corby borough is rich in open spaces in the town itself, and also has the magnificent Rockingham Forest and Welland Valley on its doorstep. The Festival show-cases the fact that you don’t have to travel far to enjoy a pleasant walk in one of our parks or woodland areas, like our medieval Kingswood. It is a great way to gain health benefits at the same time.’


The walk and events programme will be finalised by end of April. For regular updates and a copy of the programme visit the website www.corbywalkingfestival.org.uk or contact Suzanne Preston, Rural Pride Officer on 01536 463177 or email Suzanne.preston@corby.gov.uk

For more information on the work of Lakelands Day Care Hospice, visit www.lakelandshospice.org.uk or visit the Lakelands Facebook page .


For further information contact Suzanne Preston at Corby Borough Council on 01536 463177 or email Suzanne.preston@corby.gov.uk





PUT IT IN YOUR DIARY NOW! The next Festival takes place 29th May - 4th June 2017.  Watch this page for further news on the walk programme as it is developed. 








The Working Group is pleased to support Lakelands Day Care Hospice as the beneficiary charity for 2017. Lakelands provides respite day care facilities for adults in North Northamptonshire, South Leicestershire and Rutland. The goal of the organisation is to improve the quality of life of patients and families living with life-limiting illnesses, including cancer and heart failure. For more information about the work of Lakelands click here.





                                      AGAIN FOR 2017 - UNLED WALK ROUTES.  WOODLAND TRAILS IN CORBY

Three attractive walks have been developed by Corby Borough Council for local people to enjoy at Hazel & Thoroughsale Woods in the heart of Corby. These walks are unled so you can choose to enjoy these routes at your  own convenience.  These ancient woods provide a great place to visit, while linking back to the history of the Rockingham Forest. Volunteers work all year round to help maintain and manage these woodlands. Look out for wild flowers, butterflies and other wildlife  such as birds like the Nuthatch and the elusive Jay! Afterwards, you can  enjoy a cuppa and something to eat at Corby Boating Lake Café.
Full details on these three walks here.