This month will see Bolton residents put their best foot forward for the borough’s first ever walking festival.
Bolton Walking Festival takes place from Saturday September 11 to Sunday September 19, and offers an action-packed programme of walks for all ages and abilities.
Throughout the week keen hikers, intrepid ramblers and those just keen for some fresh air can take advantage of organised walks in the countryside and green spaces surrounding the town.
With walks up hill, down dale, and across moorland providing something for more experienced walkers, and special bat walks for families, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The festival is set to launch at 10.30am on September 11 with a walk starting at Smithills Hall. Participants will head through Bolton’s moorlands before arriving at Winter Hill and retracing their steps back to the hall.
The festival programme has been put together by Bolton Council and NHS Bolton, as well as local organisations including the Rambler’s Association, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, and Age Concern.
Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “The festival provides a great opportunity for people to take advantage of the great countryside and green spaces that Bolton has to offer.
“There is something on offer for experienced walkers, relative novices and young families, and I hope that as many people as possible get their walking boots on and get involved.”
Jan Hutchinson, Director of Public Health at NHS Bolton, said: “Walking is great for health. Not only does it make you fitter in body, but also fitter in mind.
“I can think of no better way of exercising than using the resource that is on our doorsteps, especially as it’s free.
“Walking regularly can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke as well as lowering blood pressure and relieving anxiety.
“We’ve seen how successful walking festivals have been in other parts of the country in getting more people out and about, and hope the same can happen in Bolton.”
Festival programmes are available in all Bolton’s libraries and leisure centres, or on the Bolton Life website using the link on the right hand side. For more information call 01204 332853.