Book your very own King's Lynn town trail
King’s Lynn Town Guides are doing their bit to help the town get back to normal by offering guided walks of Historic Lynn for small private groups, writes Ivor Rowlands.
The guides had to cancel their season of regular walks when lockdown was announced but have been working hard to encourage people to explore the history and heritage of Lynn.
During May and June, the Lynn News featured a series of five ‘Lockdown Walks’ for people to enjoy during the first phase of lockdown, whilst taking their daily exercise.
Now, with lockdown rules easing, the guides are offering private guided walks at any reasonable time or day for small groups in line with the Government’s latest advice on social distancing.
Chairman of the Guides, Doreen Leventhall told us, “The guides have been an important part of Lynn’s tourism offering for over 40 years, so we were disappointed when we had to cancel this season’s programme of walks due to the covid crisis.
“We kept Lynn’s heritage in the public eye with regular social media posts and producing self-guided ‘lockdown walks’ to encourage local people to discover King’s Lynn’s history.
“Now, with the town centre coming back to life, businesses reopening and visitors returning, we are delighted that we can offer our guided walks which have been carefully planned to comply with government safety advice”.
Groups of up to five people from one or two households can take a guided walk, with the guide remaining 2m apart from the group.
The tour will be outdoors throughout.
Doreen explained, “Walks can be taken any day of the week with reasonable notice – at least 24 hours is required for us to arrange a guide.
“All the guides give their time entirely voluntarily and all the money we collect is used to support conservation organisations in the town.
"Last year, the guides made donations to 10 organisations.”
The launch of the private walks comes at a good time for the town, as the hospitality and tourism industry start to reopen and on the back of the council’s recent application for funding from the Future High Street Fund.
Tourism represents the biggest sector of the West Norfolk economy and more people are employed in tourism than in any other sector.
As well as tourists and visitors, the town guides want to encourage local people and businesses to take their walks.
To illustrate this point, the first person to take up the new Guides’ offer was local businesswoman Jude Ormston, owner of Fairlight Lodge B&B on Goodwin’s Road.
She took over the business last year and is keen to discover more about the town.
If you’d like to take a guided walk, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Tourist Information Centre on 01553 774297. Walks cost £5 for adults and children are free.
Details of all the guides’ walks can be found on their website kingslynntownguides.co.uk or on facebook and twitter.