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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Bridge is walk highlight

THE five-week Barrow and Furness Peninsula Walking Festival draws to a climax at the end of the month with a Walney Bridge Centenary Walk.

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STEPPING OUT: Take a stroll across Jubilee Bridge later this month DENNIS SHARP REF: 0346932

On July 25 John Murphy will lead an evening stroll along the Westfield Nature Trail to look at the history and wildlife of this beautiful walk and the islands of Barrow. Meet at Rampside at 5pm.

A walk on July 26 explores the history of the village before heading around the southern fringes of the Duddon estuary with Pete Burton, of The National Trust.

It will take in panoramic views of the western fells of the Lake District to Dunnerholme Point before strolling across fields back to Askam (approx four miles circular). Meet at 6pm at Askam station.

On July 27 a tour around the statues of Barrow led by Richard Scott from Feet First in Furness will take place. Meet by the Willie Horne Statue, College House, Duke Street, at midday.

Visit sporting heroes Willie Horne and Emlyn Hughes and the founding fathers of Barrow – Cavendish, Schneider and Ramsden.

See the tribute to the town’s industrial heritage on Portland Walk and Cavendish Street.

On July 30, it will be one 100 years since Walney Bridge was opened.

Meet at the Dock Museum at midday for a stroll over Jubilee Bridge to Walney Island led by John Murphy. This will be a five-mile circular walk to Biggar Bank, along the greenway route to Earnse Bay and return via North Scale and the Widows’ Crossing (stepping stones across Walney Channel). The first three miles of this walk are suitable for wheelchairs.

Walks are promoted by Barrow Borough Council as part of Barrow Festival of the Sea 2008 but walkers participate at their own risk and children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Ann Taylforth, Barrow town centre and festivals manager said: “This year’s walking festival has been very popular despite some rather inclement weather.

“Everyone participating has thoroughly enjoyed exploring this beautiful part of the country and learning about its natural and built heritage.

“Walking Festival leaflets are available from Barrow Tourist Information Centre and details of all walks are available on line at www.barrowtourism.co.uk.”

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