Golden walk sees crowds flock to hills

Rossendale Free Press - - News -

HUN­DREDS of hardy walk­ers braved wet weather ato cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of an an­nual walk.

A to­tal of 767 walk­ers and run­ners par­tic­i­pated in this year’s Rossendale ‘Round The Hills’ walk, last Sun­day, well ex­ceed­ing the pre­vi­ous record of 600 walk­ers.

This year’s event cel­e­brated the Ju­bilee Walk, which was pi­o­neered in 1966 by the former Rawten­stall Sports Fed­er­a­tion and later taken over by Rossendale Sports Coun­cil, and for more than a decade the walk has been or­gan­ised by Rossendale Ro­tary Club with the help of friends and sup­port­ers.

The aim of the walk is to in­tro­duce the Val­ley’s scenery to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble, while at the same time en­sur­ing pub­lic foot­paths re­main open.

Tim Nut­tall was one of the school­boys drafted in to help plan the route when it was first founded in 1966, at the age of 14.

And he was one of the walk­ers who took part to mark five decades of the 18-mile walk, which this year in­cluded a new 15-mile route added to avoid Cowpe Lowe.

Tim said it was ‘amaz­ing’ how many turned out to take part de­spite the gloomy weather fore­cast.

He said: “I ac­tu­ally took part in the first one and helped write the route, and my brother Bruce drew the first map and he drew it again this time.

“I was amazed when I got there to find out how many had al­ready reg­is­tered and set off.

“Cer­tainly I would say 767 was a record. I was speak­ing to a lot of peo­ple who were tak­ing it on for the first time, and the re­sponse was re­ally pos­i­tive.

“Peo­ple said they hadn’t re­alised how spec­tac­u­lar the scenery and the views from the tops re­ally were.”

This year’s ‘Round The Hills’ walk at­tracted hun­dreds of peo­ple

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