Walkers ready for weekend

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POCKLINGTON’s Walkers are Welcome scheme will be finally lacing up its boots this weekend with a packed programme of events.

The Pocklington and Wolds Gateway Partnership are celebrating the town’s recently appointed status as a haven for walkers by putting together a series of strolls and events to attract all ages.

They range from short walks up to ten-mile treks, while youngsters can get involved with a treasure hunt and a wildlife safari.

A mascot has even been knitted especially to mark the occasion. Pocklington Percy, the hiking teddy bear, was knitted by local lady Sheila Sissons and even has his own page on Facebook.

Gateway spokesperson Jo Green said: “We hope our programme will have something for everyone whether they just want to call in for a cup of tea with us, take part in family activities or take a walk on the Wolds Way.”

Pocklington became only the 55th town in Britain to be granted the special Walkers are Welcome status last year, after Market Weighton, who were the first in East Yorkshire to achieve the status, in 2008.

It was felt that Pocklington was an ideal location to attract walkers and tourists.

Meanwhile, Pocklington’s FLAG group (Fairtrade and Local Produce) will also be using the weekend to gather support.

They are launching a leaflet and window sticker for those shops who sell Fairtrade items.

The brand supports producers in developing countries, ensuring the farmers receive a fair price for their goods.

Pocklington was officially given the Fairtrade status by the Fairtrade Foundation in 2009, having met the criteria.

They will be available from the Arts Centre on Saturday from 10am until 1pm.

Saturday, 12 March

Meet the Pocklington Walkers are Welcome team at the Arts Centre between 10am and 1pm and learn more about walking in the Pocklington area.

Wolds Way walk: 10 miles from Pocklington to Market Weighton, linking two Walkers are Welcome towns. Meet at the Pocklington Arts Centre at 10am.

Children’s Treasure Hunt: Pocklington has a new resident, Percy the Bear. Arts Centre 10am.

Wildlife Safari around Allerthorpe Woods and Common: Meet at the car park on the road from Sutton Lane towards Thornton at 10.30am.

Snowdrop walk from Millington: Four-mile circular walk. Meet at Millington Church at 1pm

Sunday 13 March

Pocklington eight-mile moderate circular walk, meet outside Burnby Hall at 10am.

Family Activities in Primrose Wood: Have a go at orienteering or be a nature detective. Meet at Primrose Wood at 10.30am.

Exploring World War II History of Pocklington: Walk around Pocklington and visit to the airfield. Approx. four-mile circular walk. Meet outside Burnby Hall at 1.30pm.

For full details of each event, pick up a programme from Pocklington Arts Centre