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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Furness walking festival programme launched by Barrow mayor

A walking festival programme will be formally launched by Barrow mayor Councillor Marie Derbyshire at Roa Island tomorrow

The Islands of Barrow and Furness Walking Festival which has been ranked 21 in The Sunday Times walking festivals in the UK will take place June 29 to July 31The programme includes 21 walks exploring the islands of Barrow, its coastal fringes and the heritage of Furness.

Councillor Helen Wall, Barrow Borough Council’s spokesperson for Wildlife, Heritage and Culture said: “Walking is one of the best things you can do for your mental and physical health and a walking festival is an ideal way for both experienced walkers and beginners to get out on their feet.

“The Barrow area has such wonderful places to walk and a festival is the perfect way to show off some of the riches we have. Over the ten years that we have run the festival we have established some firm favourites, like the Walney Sunset walk with Richard Scott and John Murphy's walk to Piel Island. It wouldn't be a festival without them."

"We also look for something new every time and this year there is a fascinating walk with Rod White round Barrow's cemetery to mark the centenary of the commencement of World War 1, looking at the gravestones and hearing the amazing war time stories of some of the people who are buried there.”

"At other events you can dip for sea creatures or take a walk from one railway station to another with the Outthere project.”

"That's why I am so excited about this festival."

The launch will take place at 11.30am tomorrow.

Details of all walks are available on line at www.barrowtourism.co.uk

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