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International Waendel Walk to return from 13 - 15 May

Parks, sports and leisure

01 February 2022

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The International Waendel Walk will be hosted by North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) in Wellingborough and the surrounding area from Friday 13 - Sunday 15 May 2022, following a two-year break and registration for walkers is now open.

The three-day walking event will begin with a 5km and 10km Friendship walk on the Friday evening, starting from the Castle Theatre before participants can take part in walks ranging from 5km through to 42km on the Saturday and Sunday with routes covering Wellingborough and the surrounding North Northants countryside.

North Northants and particularly Wellingborough is the only place in England to host the IML Walking Association, which in previous years has attracted people from across the country and globe, reaching as far as Australia and America. The last event in 2019 saw 6,500 walkers take part across the weekend and the team are hoping to match (or exceed) this figure in 2022.

North Northamptonshire Council, NNC, who are running the event, are encouraging as many people as possible to get involved and sign up to take part. Whether it’s a family walk, a personal challenge, or to raise money for a charity close to your heart, the International Waendel Walk will have something for you.

It is excellent that the International Waendel Walk is being hosted by North Northamptonshire Council after a two year break, we cannot wait to welcome walkers from across the country and further afield to Wellingborough and would encourage everyone to sign up to take part. It is great to have this event taking place in North Northants and there really will be something for everyone - from the 5km Friendship Walk on the Friday through to the longer distances on Saturday and Sunday.Cllr Helen Howell, NNC’s Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Sport, Leisure, Culture and Tourism
We are extremely proud to host this event. The International Waendel Walk really puts North Northants, and Wellingborough, on the world stage. But we couldn’t do it without the help of our partner organisations and volunteers who help each year to deliver a fantastic event.Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of NNC

The weekend begins with live music and activities on the Friday evening in the grounds of the Castle Theatre, prior to the start of the Friendship Walk. Across Saturday and Sunday, the live music continues along with sports, fun activities for all the family and entertainment at the Castle Theatre - the start and finish point of all walks.

Find out more and register to take part.