Stanwick Lakes has been buzzing with walkers this week as walks for all ages, abilities and interests have been taking place as part of a week of walking.
On Sunday 20th the week of walks was kicked off by local ornithologist Bob Webster. Bob led families around the nature reserve, spotting and identifying Little Egrets, Goldfinches, a Chetti’s warbler and flocks of migrating swallows. Then on Monday, Senior Ranger Luke Johns guided a group of walkers around the nature reserve, sharing some of the secrets of how the site is manged for the wildlife that live there and the hundreds of thousands of people who visit every year.
On Tuesday 22nd September there was a double dose of walking that is good for you! Fiona of Rushden Nordic Walking offered free taster sessions, while the Stanwick Lakes Health Walkers invited new members to its weekly walk. It has been proven that regular walking can give you more energy, keep your heart strong and help you manage your weight. These free walks take place twice a week at Stanwick Lakes, all year round, regardless of the weather. One of those welcomed to this Health Walk as part of Walking Week was Chairman of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Marika Hillson.
Despite the bad weather, Cllr Hillson really enjoyed her walk and said “We are very fortunate in East Northants to have such a fabulous facility like Stanwick Lakes that everyone in the District can enjoy. There is nothing more tranquil and healthy than a good walk in a beautiful environment. So put your best foot forward and take part in walking week and enjoy the wildlife, nature and historical walks Stanwick Lakes has to offer.”
It’s not too late to get involved. There are more Nordic Walking Tasters on Thursday 24th September and Bramble Rambles with local walk leader Susan Copperwheat on Friday 25th and Sunday 27th. There is a special treat on Saturday 26th September when Andy Chapman, the archaeologist who was involved in the Stanwick Lakes excavations, is guiding visitors around areas of historical interest on the site, including Bronze Age Barrows, a deserted medieval village and the site of the Roman Villa. Booking is recommended on 01933 625522.
~ By Liz Williams