The Garstang Walking Festival is back for 2021. Taking place from Saturday 28 August to Wednesday 1 September, visitors can experience the best of late summer countryside around Garstang, Rural Wyre, the Forest of Bowland and the Fylde Plain.

Photography by Mike Coleran

The Garstang Walking Festival, coordinated by the Friends of Garstang Walking Festival and supported by Wyre Council will be returning this summer. Walks for all abilities are available throughout the festival, with trampers (all terrain electric vehicles) also available to assist users with differing abilities to access the countryside.

Enjoy moorland views, sun-dappled woodlands, riverside wildlife, local history and canal and farmland scenery.

Highlights at the festival include the Garstang Bat Walk – a walk through the town and along the riverside to Garstang Millennium Green in search of bats.

If looking for bats isn’t your thing, join us on a walk looking at memorials to fallen air crew whose planes crashed in the surrounding hills. The walk will also look at the setting of Devil’s Day, a gothic novel set in the valley (Of Fallen Airmen walk).

If that still isn’t your thing, join us on a walk following the course of the Thirlmere Aqueduct, a feat of Victorian engineering supplying Manchester with drinking water since 1984.


Councillor Lynne Bowen, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Community Engagement at Wyre Council comments, “Whether you are visiting the area or if you have lived here all your life, each walk gives you the opportunity to see parts of Wyre you might not have visited before.

“I guarantee you will learn something new about the area, the wildlife or the heritage whilst you enjoy getting out in the fresh air.” To see the full programme of events, visit

To book your place, contact Garstang Tourist Information Centre on 01995 602125 or drop into the site on Cherestanc Square, Park Hill Road, Garstang, PR3 1EF.

Photography by Mike Coleran


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