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The wonder of the wolds

Posted 18 May 2012
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The wonder of the wolds
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To some people, a walking festival is a chance to climb loads of mountains and hills, while swapping stories in the evenings over a pint with fellow adventurers.

While that may be true of those whose walking boots are used for climbing high mountains and braving winter weather, others might be more attracted to the big skies, wide open landscapes and gentler contours.

Few places have less hilly landscapes than Lincolnshire. To some, this part of England might be seen as a flat backwater. But for some, there is much to see and enjoy.

Those in the second category may particularly enjoy the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival, which runs from May 26th-June 10th. This is the eight year in which the event has taken place and offers 90 walks in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Commenting about the event to the Grimsby Telegraph, project officer for the festival Angie Fordwich-Gorely said: "There are walks available to suit everyone, from one mile to 20 miles - anyone can have a go.

"All people need is a good pair of walking boots, so if they attempt tough terrain it won't go through the soles."

She noted that last year saw 4,500 people taking part - a number organisers hope to top this year - with people travelling over 30 miles on average to reach their walking destinations.

Not all the walks are actually in the AONB and include a couple alongside the Lincolnshire Coast, while a 'chocolate walk' is one of the highlights for sweet-toothed visitors near Market Rasen. It also includes a couple of Dambuster-themed walks at RAF Scampton, north of Lincoln. Other historic walks include some themed around the area's Viking history.

With some chalk upland, the Lincolnshire Wolds is far from entirely flat in the way some of the county's fenland is. While far from mountainous, it is an area with much to enjoy, comprising 216 square miles of land that gained AONB status in 1973. The latest walking festival may help people discover just how special a place it is.