The South Lincolnshire Walking Festival is back for a fifth year!
28th of September to 27th of October
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
This years festival aims to be the best yet and we are thrilled to feature 59 walks ranging from 1 to 11 miles. There’s walks for all ages and abilities, so why not get outdoors this September and October?
The festival features walks lead across four districts in Lincolnshire: North Kesteven, South Kesteven, Boston Borough and South Holland where there are so many walks and activities to explore.
Check out the Map in the brochure to find a walk near you which takes your fancy! Walks are designated Easy, Moderate and Energetic dependent on length and terrain type so make sure you take a look at each walk listing for extra info so you can find the perfect walk for you. Information about where to meet, what time it starts and a description of what you will get up to on your walk is highlighted in each walk listing. Also refer the symbols on the listing to the key in the brochure which will notify you of what the walk offers, where that be refreshments, dog friendly walks, heritage talks or if there are toilets or if you will need to bring a packed lunch! Symbols are also shown if the walk can be accessible to Wheelchairs and Pushchairs.
Furthermore, we are delighted to feature 13 Health Walks this year. These walks take a more relaxed approach to walking and aim to get people active and outdoors. Feel the health benefits on these walks, the really do make a difference.
We greatly encourage families to get involved in the festival and we have 31 Family Friendly Walks to explore this year. Check these out in the brochure to see what they have in store, there are some great days out planned!
Also, make sure you Pick up a Brochure from your local heritage, leisure and tourist facilities. a full list of where brochure’s can be picked up from will be shown below.
HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT: The SLWF is extremely excited to announce that this years launch day will be held at one of Lincolnshire’s hidden gems, Grantham House. This National Trust Property has never been open to the public before and will be showcasing Exclusive Guided Tours of the House and the Gardens. There’s lots to see and do on Launch day, refreshments and toilet facilities are available as well as stalls from our partners. The Gardens are a beautiful place to relax or take a wander in and there’s even a treasure hunt to explore! two guided walks, between 4 and 6 miles, are scheduled for the day for walkers to enjoy, so make sure you get yourself down to Grantham, House on Saturday the 28th of Septmeber!
Parking? Grantham has a number or public car parks, the closest to Grantham House being Watergate (NG31 6NS), Castlegate (NG31 6SN), Conduit Lane (NG31 6PB) and Welham Street (NG31 6QU).
Looking for somewhere to stay? For information check out the Independent Hostels Website
Please donate towards the festival and brochure
Walks either have a small cost attached to them or they invite voluntary donations towards the Walking Festival and other local good causes. If a walk carries a charge it is clearly marked . The following apply to all charged walks: £2 for 0 – 3 miles and £3.50 for over 3 miles. Under 18’s go free.
Charges may vary for special events, please see individual walk listings for details. Payment should be made in cash on the day –please help our walk leaders by bringing the correct change! Walks which invite donations are clearly marked . Donations are greatly appreciated; 100% of the money raised goes to the South Lincolnshire Walking Festival (SLWF), or where stated, donations are split 50/50 between the festival and the walk leader’s affiliated charity.
South Lincolnshire Walking Festival is co-ordinated by Heritage Lincolnshire, a local charity. Although the festival is heavily reliant on volunteers, we rely on the income from walks charges and donations in order to cover the costs of running the festival and ensure we can keep it going for the future.
As with many other organisations, we’re seeing times getting much tougher. We are delighted that many of our walks continue to be donations-only* but, without YOUR support, the walking festival is at risk. Please will you donate a minimum £3 (or more if you can afford it) towards the production of the festival and brochure?
This investment will support co-ordination and print costs so that you know what is happening and when. We are very grateful to our walk leaders and partners, who provide their time for free!
You can donate here or by sending a cheque, payable to ‘Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire’ and marked ‘SLWF’ on the reverse, to our address at: The Old School House, Cameron Street, Heckington, SLEAFORD, Lincs NG34 9RW.
Want to find out about SLWF walks and keep in touch?