EXPLORE Redcar and Cleveland on foot this January and February as the Winter Walking Festival gets set to take in all corners of the borough.

Starting on Monday 29 January there are walks for all ages and abilities as well as a number of Nordic Walking sessions. These sessions have been designed as an introduction to the technique and benefits of this popular walking style.

Walkers will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of routes until the end of the festival on Sunday 4 February with trails ranging from two to nine miles.

Some of the walks will also give participants the chance to learn more about the history of the borough with routes taking in the history of Coatham and the industrial history of Guisborough Woods.

There is also plenty for nature lovers to enjoy with a bird watching walk starting at Coatham Marsh and ending at the mouth of the River Tees, as well as a guided tour of Gisborough Priory and its gardens.

This is in addition to routes that will take in every nook and cranny of the borough with walks around Handale Abbey in East Cleveland, Mines Wood, Upleatham and a trail from Flatts Lane Country Park to Stewarts Park in Middlesbrough.

Cllr Carl Quartermain, Cabinet Member for Tourism, Culture and Communications, said: “The Winter Walking Festival is a great way to get out the house and explore parts of the borough that are best seen on foot. The routes promise to offer something for everyone with history and nature buffs well catered for, and walkers of abilities having routes tailored to their needs.”

To find out more, go to: www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/walkingfestival.