Strong support for walking festival

Walking at Mitford as part of  Morpeth Walking Festival.
Walking at Mitford as part of Morpeth Walking Festival.

DOZENS of people put their best foot forward to stride out into the Morpeth countryside.

The tenth annual Morpeth Walking Festival took place at the end of September, and many local residents turned out to enjoy a stroll in the glorious weather.

There were more than 20 people on each of the six walks organised by the Greater Morpeth Development Trust (GMDT) in partnership with David Barker, of Heritage Walks, and Morpeth Footpaths Society.

GMDT Chief Executive David Lodge said: “Walking is now a popular and enjoyable pastime for many people, as well as being a regular part of their healthy living regime.

“Over the years the Walking Festival has encouraged many people of all ages to get out and about into the countryside around Morpeth, and this year was no exception.

“This year’s event was also another great example of the sort of partnership working and collaboration between different groups helping to provide an extensive range of activities for local people to enjoy.

“We are also indebted to the many volunteers who willingly give up their time to become involved in events such as the Walking Festival. Without their invaluable support such events simply would not happen.”

Over the years the festival has encouraged countless people of all ages to don their walking boots and tread the paths and byways around Morpeth to enjoy the magnificent scenery and heritage beauty spots that can be found on their doorstep, as well as boost their fitness.

This year, walks ranged from four to nine miles and were graded easy to moderately difficult, with each one supervised by an experienced walk leader.

They included Mitford and Beyond, Morpeth’s Railway History, String of Peals along the River Wansbeck, Longhorsley Round, Rothley Round and the William Turner Walk around Morpeth Common and How Gill.