New Scunthorpe and Bottesford Ironstone Walk launching this weekend
A new walking route around Scunthorpe is to be launched this weekend by North Lincolnshire Council and the Local Access Forum.
The Ironstone Walk is a nine-mile circular route that takes in many of the open spaces and Nature Reserves of Scunthorpe and Bottesford.
Anyone interested in taking a guided walk along the new route is invited to meet in the Civic Centre car park, of Ashby Road, Scunthorpe, at 10am on Saturday (October 20).
The next phase of the walk is to increase it to a 32-mile-long circular route around Scunthorpe taking in all the surrounding villages.
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Councillor Nigel Sherwood (Brigg and Wolds), Cabinet Member for Highways and Neighbourhoods at North Lincolnshire Council, said: "The new Ironstone Walk makes use of the new traffic-free Ridgeway path and also visits Bottesford Beck.
"A map of the new route is available on the Local Access Forum pages of the council website www.northlincs.gov.uk
"There are many other walking guides on the Leisure and Tourism section of the website along with details of our Walking for Health scheme."
Sam Roebuck, chair of the Local Access Forum, said: "In helping plan the Ironstone Walk's route, I found myself walking footpaths I didn't know existed.
"It's remarkable how much green space and wildlife areas we have within the town and just how peaceful it can seem when you're only a few hundred metres from the hustle and bustle."
North Lincolnshire Local Access Forum (LAF) provides North Lincolnshire Council with strategic advice on the improvement of public access to land for the purpose of open-air recreation and enjoyment.
The forum is made up of 17 people and meets about three times a year.
Places are available and volunteers interested in joining the forum are invited to get in touch.
For more details about becoming a member of the LAF or to find out more about the Ironstone Walk call Steve Whittemore on 01724 296232 or visit the LAF pages on our website in the Transport and Streets section under Public Rights of Way.
The council must consider the forum's views when making certain decisions.
This includes decisions in relation to:
- Draft maps Introducing bylaws and proposals for long-term closures of access land
- Wider access issues contained in new rights of way improvement plans.
- People who use rights of way and the new right of access
- Landowners and occupiers
- People with other interests especially relevant to North Lincolnshire.