South Lincolnshire Walking Festival launch at Tongue End

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They went bat detecting, pond dipping, den building and trekking at the launch of South Lincolnshire Walking Festival.

The launch, a free family fun day, was held at Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s Willow Tree Fen nature reserve, off the Pode Hole to Tongue End road.

During the launch weekend, a total of 21 walks took place in South Holland as well as North Kesteven, South Kesteven and Boston.

However, the festival, organised by Heritage Lincolnshire, features over 70 free guided walks all together and continues to the end of October.

Beverley Gormley, Heritage Lincolnshire’s cultural events officer, said: “The South Lincolnshire Walking Festival’s launch event was fantastic! Children and adults of all ages enjoyed guided walks around the nature reserve, went bat detecting, pond dipping, den building, badge making, climbed on tractors and took part in wildlife-themed and craft activities.

“It was great to see children walking along with more serious walkers discovering Willow Tree Fen – ending with hot chocolate and marshmallows round the campfire.

“One of the festival’s aims is to get families out walking and enjoying the gorgeous south Lincolnshire countryside, from the limestone edge to the fenlands and the coast, and we certainly saw this happening over the weekend.”

The walks take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and are led by groups such as the Ramblers, Walking for Health, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, the Woodland Trust, RSPB and South Kesteven District Council.

They are of various lengths and difficulty levels – download the programme from southlincswalking.com