Together with our local authority funding partners Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service, East Lindsey District Council and West Lindsey District Council, this investment is vital to the ongoing delivery of the festival.The festival is supported by Lincolnshire County Council's Access Lincoln project, funded by the Department of Transport, which is supporting people to use walking and cycling for shorter journeys, which in turn reduces congestion in built up areas. In addition, every organisation that provides practical support and every individual who volunteers their time is also making a real difference. This year we are asking participants to dig a little deeper and make a more direct contribution for their walks. We hugely appreciate every penny that you give, which all goes towards local good causes or the festival itself.
The Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival has grown from strength to strength since 2005. Initially co-ordinated by East Lindsey District Council the event has always centred on an active partnership between interested groups, individuals and organisations. Walks are led by a wide variety of walk leaders including volunteers from local Rambler's groups, East Lindsey Heart Support, local landowners and a wide range of town and village groups.
In 2010 overall responsibility for running the festival moved to the Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire, working in close partnership with the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service (LWCS). The LWCS (hosted by Lincolnshire County Council) works to protect and enhance the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and had been playing a key role in supporting the festival from the outset.
A large part of the costs of the event are met by many of our partners (with substantial in-kind support provided by the generous gift of time by our many walk leaders). Between 2010 - 2013 we were the grateful beneficiaries of EU funding, through a major grant from the Rural Development Plan for England, administered by the Lindsey Action Zone. Matching funding comes from Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service and the local authority partners mentioned above, plus sponsorship and help-in-kind from many other sources. From 2017 we introduced walk charges for almost half of our walks which will have a fixed (low) charge and most other walks will request donations for the festival. This is necessary as it becomes harder and harder for local authorities and funders to cover our costs. We hope you understand.
To find out more about many of the organisations, groups, businesses and projects linked with the festival, please click on the links below.