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New Walking Festival comes to Cranborne Chase and the Chalke Valley

New Walking Festival comes to Cranborne Chase and the Chalke Valley

Mar 2, 2020 | General | GarryK

Chase & Chalke, the new Cranborne Chase & Chalke Valley Landscape Partnership is inviting local walkers, groups and individuals to get involved with a new walking festival taking place (18-22 September). The festival, to be launched this September, aims to encourage people to get out and about in the region’s unique landscape to discover and enjoy its rich heritage.

The festival will feature a range of walks, from shorter village routes to longer hikes, each with a link to the region’s natural or social history.

Participants might walk in the footsteps of legionaries on hidden Roman Roads, or follow the trail of local artists, enjoy a talk about the area before exploring it for themselves, or join a naturalist to learn about some of the rarer species which call the chalk downland home.

Landscape Partnership, which is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, wants to hear from keen volunteers with an interest in walking, archaeology, ecology or history who would like to work with the team to devise and check walking routes, or act as walk leaders, both during and after the festival.

Guidance on how to become a walk leader will be offered to enable people to continue to enjoy and provide walks for groups throughout the year.

Rachel Limb, the festival organiser said: “We’re really excited about our inaugural walking festival, which will showcase many of the area’s outstanding landscapes, special history and the species-rich habitats of Cranborne Chase and the Chalke Valley. We hope that many people will want to take part or help us devise the perfect routes.”

Find out more at http://www.ccwwdaonb.org.uk/ and those wanting to get involved should contact Rachel Limb, the project’s Heritage and Community Engagement Officer on 01725 517417, or email rachellimb@cranbornechase.org.uk

View of walking in Cranborne Chase

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