The Fairtrade Way, with funding from The Co-operative

The Fairtrade Way is a new long distance walking route, linking Garstang with other Fairtrade towns. It had funding from The Co-operative.

The 80 mile trail from Garstang to Keswick along the Fair Trade Way takes an average of six days walking through North Lancashire and the Fairtrade County of Cumbria with stops in the Fairtrade Towns of Lancaster, Arnside, Kendal, Bowness and Grasmere.

It takes in the beautiful scenery of the Lake District National Park with wildlife from circling buzzards and swooping kingfishers to leaping salmon at Force Falls Fish Pass on the River Kent near Levens Hall.  Many historical interest sites lie on the route including the Maritime museum and slave trade memorial at Lancaster Quay, Leighton Hall, Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve, Levens Hall, the Quaker Tapestry at Kendal Meeting House, the grave of slave Rasseals Bellfield at St. Martin’s Church in Bowness, Wordsworth’s homes at Rydal Mount and Dove Cottage and his grave in Grasmere.

A more detailed report can be read here.

Bruce Crowther was a prime mover in this venture and it is good to hear, today, that another venture is now open.

Bruce is also keenly aware of the need for farmers in this country to get a fair price for their produce. 

A radical element? Presenting the imbalance of the current trade system 

FIG Tree will use traditional learning techniques plus innovative ‘hands on’ methods (e.g. chocolate making workshops) to teach children and adults about the imbalance of the current trade system. 

Those who would like to read more about Garstang and Bruce’s thinking in a presentation he made at Lancaster University can do so here. 

If you are ever in the Garstang area, do drop in.

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