Inverleith Festival of Walking & Cycling 2017

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24 Sept 2017 - Inverleith Festival of Walking & Cycling 2017

This was the third annual event to be organised by the Inverleith Neighbourhood partnership.

Funding was identified and secured from 'Smarter Choices, Smarter Places' to put on an event that offered people of all ages the opportunity to try a range of free activities around the theme of walking, cycling and physical activity.

The overall aim was to encourage people to walk and/or cycle more, reduce car use and get active, all NW Locality Improvement Plan priorities. Activities included bike obstacle course, walking football and Nordic walking as well as bike security marking and a dr. bike to get bikes fighting fit. There were also heaps of information stalls and a friendly fire engine!

Here's what was on offer 2017:

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The Inverleith Festival of Walking & Cycling 2017 takes place on Sunday 24th September 2017 from 1.30 to 4.30pm in Inverleith Park.

There will be lots of FREE activities, tasters and information on how to take up or increase your walking and cycling.

  • Walking football
  • Bike obstacle course
  • Guided walks
  • basic bike checks
  • security marking
  • etc etc etc

Bring your rain coat and hope for sun!

Some activiites can be signed up in advance. See below:

1pm - Family and buggy friendly walk, with Ramblers, in advance of the Festival start. This is being run by Buggy Walks.

Meetup point will be the monument in the center of the park. From here we'll follow the path towards the botanic garden (John Hope entrance) where we will follow the path that crosses the garden and get out through the east gate door. Here we'll head to the Rocheid path (water of leith walkway) that will take us to the Inverleith Pond, before we go back to where we started.

This is being led by Buggy Walks and their own MEETUP page can be found here: https://www.meetup.com/Buggy-Walks-MeetUp-Edinburgh/events/242653546/ .

It's all easy paths, buggy friendly, and the walk will be around 1 hour. We will have plenty of time to enjoy the botanics and the pond. In the end everybody is invited to stay and visit what the festival has to offer. There will be 3 road crossings and we'll need to be careful with the younger children.*

Sign up here! Walk meets at 1pm -  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/inverleith-festival-of-walking-and-cycling-2017-tickets-37239431141

1.30 - 4.00pm - Inverleith Allotments are about to celebrate their centenary. The site was created in 1918 to grow food for ex-servicemen after WW1. It reverted to park land between the wars but is now a haven for wildlife and vegetable growing.

The site has uneven paths and quite a few hazards so we can't allow wandering but hope you'll enjoy a guided tour finished off with a cup of tea/coffee. We will also have surplus vegetables for you. Donations always welcome!Please wear good footwear as all our paths are grass. No dogs allowed, no buggies, sadly we are NOT disabled-friendly but may manage a wheelchair along the main path depending on the weather.We do not have any toilet facilities.

Sign up here! Tours every 15 mins from 1.30pm and last one is 3.45pm- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inverleith-allotments-tours-as-part-of-the-festival-of-walking-cycling-tickets-37939092848?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button

3.00pm - Join a Nature Walk in the company of members of Friends of Inverleith Park! Just meet at their information stall in the marquee.

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We estimate 1000-1250 people took part in the event, and hope to continue it again next year.              

Click here for a great selection of pics from our day on Sept 24th 2017 in Inverleith Park. Thanks @RebeccaLeePhotgraphy

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