Walks aim to promote town and area’s gems

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Boroughbridge and Lower Ure Valley Walks is a group of volunteers and walking enthusiasts committed to promoting routes in the Lower Ure Valley.

They are part of Yore Vision, a local partnership organisation which is supported by Harrogate Borough Council and many others.

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And they have been awarded Walkers are Welcome status, showing the area to be something special and joining the other walk friendly towns within the national Walkers are Welcome Towns network.

The group has developed a series of way marked short and longer loop walks, suiting different interests and abilities, which have a fascinating historical focus.

Along these routes people can see prehistoric standing stones, walk in the footsteps of the Romans, learn about Blind Jack the remarkable blind bridge builder, find out about WW2 bomber crash sites, or simply take a stroll along a river bank and enjoy Yorkshire nature at its best.

Boroughbridge is located on two strategic walking routes: The Swale Way and Yore Dale Way and is on a pivotal point on the Way of the Roses cycle route that crosses the country through Lancashire and Yorkshire.

The walking group is also responsible for the annual Easter festival of walking which is growing in popularity each year.

The event ran through Good Friday to Easter Monday and provided a choice of nine very different family oriented circular walks.

Among the offerings this year was a photographic walk with an expert to give tips, a family treasure hunt around Boroughbridge and the ever popular ghost hunt.

Other events included a display of old Boroughbridge by the local historical society.

Boroughbridge and Lower Ure Valley Walks have a facebook address where information and its latest activities can be viewed. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/borougbridgewalks or visit their ’s website on: http://www.boroughbridgewalks.org.uk/

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