Stroll up, stroll up for the Walk Leicester festival
Published on Thursday, April 26, 2018
WALKING tours to discover Leicester’s street art, heritage and green spaces are being offered as part of the first-ever Walk Leicester festival.
The festival, which runs from 29 April to 31 May, features a variety of free walks aimed at helping people to discover all Leicester has to offer on foot – from guided walks exploring the city’s history, to nature rambles in some of Leicester’s most popular parks.
It kicks off with a street art tour from Leicester’s new Market Square on Sunday (29 April) at 11am. Led by urban artist Sam Grubb, the walking tour will take in some of the city’s unique artworks including football-inspired murals and works created for the Bring the Paint festival in the Cultural Quarter.
The walk will also launch Open Streets, a regular monthly event starting from new Market Square. It will encourage people to walk, cycle or scooter to the square on the last Sunday of each month to learn more about Leicester on a series of guided walks and rides.
The Walk Leicester festival will also feature a steady-paced ‘wellbeing walk’ from Abbey Park, plus walks to Spinney Hill, Braunstone and Victoria parks, where participants can get advice and support from a qualified instructor on how to use outdoor gyms and make the most of the city’s parks.
A walk to Abbey Park, on 27 May, will give walkers the chance to find out more about two famous Wolseys – the 16th century cardinal and the 19th century hosiery manufacturer. And a Walk on the Wild Side in Knighton Park, on 29 May, will be led by a local nature expert.
Many of the walks are suitable for wheelchair-users and pushchairs, and there are plenty of activities and trails for families and young children to try, including a fun free event, Funky Feet and Whacky Wheels, at Abbey Park on 30 May.
Deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, who leads on public health and the environment, said: “This festival will help people to discover more about Leicester and will demonstrate the ease of walking in the city, with plenty of heritage, green space and culture just a short stroll away from the city centre.
“There are benefits to us all from walking more, especially as we become more aware of the damage you can do to your health by leading a sedentary lifestyle.
“These free events will help to remind us all how easy, accessible and enjoyable walking is as an activity, and hopefully encourage more of us to become regular walkers.”
For the full programme of what’s on offer, visit www.choosehowyoumove.co.uk/walkleicester
Walkers are also encouraged to get involved by sharing their experiences on the Choose How You Move Facebook page, and by tweeting using the #WalkLeicester hashtag.
Favourite walks can also be shared at www.leicester.gov.uk/walking and may feature in Leicester’s Favourite Walks guide, which is set for release in summer this year.