Pendle Walking Festival draws crowds

People taking part in the Pendle Walking Festival outside the Youth Hostel in Earby. (S)
People taking part in the Pendle Walking Festival outside the Youth Hostel in Earby. (S)
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Lots of people are taking part in the highly-popular Pendle Walking Festival which started last Saturday and continues this weekend.

It was launched by the Mayor of Pendle, Coun. Smith Benson, at the Pendle Heritage Centre, Barrowford on Saturday, and around 50 people went along. There were four walks which took place from there that day.

THE LAUNCH: The Mayor of Pendle, Coun. Smith Benson, at the opening of the annual Pendle Walking Festival. Photo: MICHAEL BOOTH (S)

THE LAUNCH: The Mayor of Pendle, Coun. Smith Benson, at the opening of the annual Pendle Walking Festival. Photo: MICHAEL BOOTH (S)

On Wednesday, certificates were handed over to people who had taken part in weekend walks and completed them.

The Beatings the Bounds walk around Barnoldswick was a big success and 21 people who completed it got medals.

The festival attracts people from well outside Pendle, with a lot coming from places like Hull, Blackpool, St Annes and Gloucester.

So if you want to get involved, find out where the walks start and what they are like by visiting www.visitpendle.com Taking part in the walks is free.

l There is also a bid to find keen walkers who might want to join a walk in Oise Forest, France, from September 13th-16th.

Joanne Eccles, Pendle Council committee administrator who looks after Pendle Twinning Association, said: “Last year, a group of walkers from Creil – Pendle’s twin town in France – took part in the Pendle Walking Festival.

“They had a wonderful time and would like to reciprocate the invitation to walkers in Pendle. So, they are inviting four to eight walkers to join them for a walk in the Oise Forest – 22 kilometres each day. “Accommodation and transport from Paris Airport to Creil will be provided.”

For further information, contact Joanne as soon as possible by calling her on 661654.