Bingley Walking Festival Family Event for 1st May

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Bingley Walking Festival – A Free Event for May Day

Bingley Walkers are Welcome has announced their first one day Walking Festival is to be held this year on Monday May 1st.

The festival, which is being sponsored by Bingley Town Council, will take place on Early May Bank Holiday Monday and invites walkers from Bradford and district to take part in organised walks. The walks on offer range from the two mile Bingley Five Rise Locks Family Walk, to the six mile Sir Fred Hoyle Walk, catering for different abilities and interests.

Talking about the event, Christine McCabe, Chair, at Bingley Walkers are Welcome, says: “We’re really looking forward to hosting the first ever Bingley Walking Festival. We hope that it will be the first of many walking festivals in our town. May 1st also marks the start of National Walking Month so we hope that the event encourages people to get out and about throughout the month and enjoy all that the town and surrounding area has to offer.

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The famous Five Rise Locks features in one of the walks

“Bingley boasts a number of walks for all ages and abilities. From a stroll along the Leeds to Liverpool Canal towpath with its magnificent Five Rise Locks, to the town’s three parks – Myrtle Park, Prince of Wales Park and the St Ives Estate. Bingley is best explored on foot so get the family together, lace up your walking boots and join us!”

“If you enjoy the great outdoors, this is the event for you”

Visitors to the first ever Bingley Walking Festival, which starts at 10am on May 1st, will have a choice of four walks led by walk leaders who will act as guides, taking walkers through some of Bingley’s most striking scenery.

Patricia Tillotson, tourism manager at Visit Bradford, the tourism department for Bradford Metropolitan District Council, says: “Events such as the first Bingley Walking Festival are great for the local economy and reinforce the fantastic outdoors offering Bradford and district has.

“We hope that the event will raise awareness of the area and encourage people and families to visit Bingley, taking in the stunning scenery while making best use of local businesses. The town and surrounding area is such a beautiful place with so much to offer visitors, regardless of how much experience they have at walking. If you enjoy the great outdoors, the first Bingley Walking Festival is the event for you.”

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The festival is a great chance to get out and about on the Bank Holiday

“Perfect opportunity to explore the town and surrounding areas”

Phil Barker, Assistant Director of Place, at Bradford council added: “Bingley is a fascinating town with so much history to explore and is home to attractions such as Five Rise Locks and St Ives Estate. The inaugural Bingley Walking Festival will give people the perfect opportunity to explore the town and surrounding areas while enjoying the bank holiday break.”

Bingley is one of three towns in Bradford and district to have received Walkers are Welcome status, a community led initiative to promote places which have something special to offer walkers.

Obtaining Walkers are Welcome status helps to strengthen a town’s reputation as a place for visitors to experience and enjoy the outdoors, providing a boost to the local economy. The status also helps to ensure that footpaths and facilities for walkers are maintained and in good condition, benefiting local people and residents as well as visitors.


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