This weekend heralds the start of Ulverston Walkfest. This year there are 36 varied walks to enjoy from gentle 1 mile walks to more arduous (but equally enjoyable) 8 mile routes. There are some with archeological and industrial themes and there are walks that just take in the beauty and majesty of our fantastic scenery. Seeing that there’s something for people of all ages and abilities, it's perfect for the whole family to get involved too!
The Festival takes place from Sat 23rd April to Monday 2nd May
There are always great speakers booked to deliver entertaining talks throughout the fortnight, and this year is certainly no exception.
It’s considered something of a coup that ‘King of the Fells’ Joss Naylor MBE has been announced as the festivals honorary speaker. Iconic fellrunner and farmer in the beautiful Lake District Wasdale valley Joss became known as the King of the Fells or the Iron Man because of his successive peak-bagging records. Amongst his many accolades he set a record, in 1975, with an impressive 72 Lake District peaks totalling 100 miles and 38,000 feet of ascent in 24 hours.
Seeing a fell race in 1961 near his father's farm at Wasdale Head the young Joss joined in and ran in his work boots and his fascination for fell running began.
Awarded the MBE for his services to sport and charity, now in his 80th year, Joss continues to be involved in encouraging young people to get involved in sport.
This year’s talk will be held in the Main Hall of the Coronation Hall (it was scheduled to take place in the Supper Room, but due to the amazing demand for tickets, a bigger space was required!)
So why not get involved? Book yourself and the family on some of the fantastic walks, you can get out and about, learn some new skills and keep fit at the same time. Sounds perfect doesn’t it, see you out there!
For more details about the many walks and events taking place please visit http://www.ulverstonwalkfest.co.uk/