You are invited to join the journey of the Fair Trade Way

18th Jul 2012

This August our journey will set off in Garstang, and we are heading right through the scenic lake district to Keswick. We want YOU to join us and be a part of this incredible Fair Trade Way. Six days of walking and evening events to connect, share and continue our demand for trade justice.

'Walking with a purpose has a profound meaning across time and culture. Walking has been used as a social, spiritual and political action, from pilgrimages to hunger marches. We can walk almost anywhere, we don't need to be told how to do it, you can be unfit or energetic, and it's free. We can walk for our own well-being, and we can walk for change.'

Push Krishnamurthy

The journey is happening from 24th-29th August 2012. Read more about why this is happening.

How to get involved:

There are 6 separate walks and inspirational evening story sharing events happening. Each walk is of varying difficulty and about 15 miles long.

You're welcome join the walk for a day or the whole way, to come to one of our story sharing events, or offer your time to support or promote the journey.

Email: Bruce to let us know how you want to get involved: brucecrowther300@gmail.com

Another way to show your support is by making a donation to help to further the work people are doing in the UK and across the world to make fairer food for all a reality.

24 August: Garstang to Lancaster

Meeting at the FIG tree in Garstang at 8:30 am and being seen off by two 14ft high Fair Trade giants from Chester.

This walk is rated as moderate and is accessible to wheelchair users as is on the flat. We predict we would have arrived at the slave trade memorial in Lancaster at about 4:30pm.

24 August: Evening story sharing event, Garstang:

Taking place at the FIG tree in Garstang from 7:30-9:30pm.

Hear more inspirational stories about the fair trade town movement, coffee growers in India and the transition town movement.

25 August: Lancaster to Arnside

Meeting at the slave trade memorial in Lancaster at the Quay at 8:30am, we will be joined by MP Eric Ollerenshaw to see us off on our way.

The day's walk is rated easy.

We predict we would have arrived at the jetty in Arnside at about 17:00 pm.

25 August: Evening story sharing event, Arnside

Taking place at Arnside Methodist Church Hall from 7:45pm onwards.

Hear more inspirational stories about the fair trade town movement, and coffee growers in India.

26 August: Arnside to Kendal

Meeting at the jetty in Arnside at 8:30am.

The day's walk is rated easy.

We predict we would have arrived at the Kendal Quaker Meeting House at about 19:15 pm (after stopping to have the story telling event on route).

26 August: Evening story sharing event, Kendal

5pm-7pm at the Waterside Café in Kendal.

Hear more inspirational stories about the fair trade town movement, and coffee growers in India and from story teller Jennie Bailey.

27 August: Kendal to Bowness on Windermere

Meeting at the Kendal Quaker Meeting house at 8:30am.

This walk is rated as moderate.

We predict we would have arrived at the grave of the ex slave Rasselas Belfield in St. Martin's Church at about 16:30 pm.

28 August: Bowness on Windermere to Grasmere

Meeting at the grave of the ex slave Rasselas Belfield in St. Martin's Church at 8:30am. We will be joined by MP Tim Farren to see us off on our way. This walk is rated as moderate.

We predict we would have arrived at William Wordsworth's grave in St. Oswald's church yard at about 7:30pm (after stopping to have the story sharing event on route).

28 August: Evening story sharing event, Grasmere

Taking place at Rydal Mount cafe from 5-7pm.

Hear more inspirational stories about the fair trade town movement, and coffee growers in India and others TBC.

29 August: Grasmere to Keswick

Meeting at the grave of William Wordsworth's grave in St. Oswald's church at 8:30am.

This walk is rated as moderate/ difficult.

We predict we would have arrived at Keswick Moot Hall at about 5:30 pm where we will have a short presentation with the Mayor. We will be joined by llamas from Lakeland Llama Treks for the last section of the journey.

29 August: Evening story sharing event and Oxfam's 70th Birthday Party, Keswick

Taking place at The Keswick Oxfam shop from approximately 5:30pm (when the walkers arrive).

Hear more inspirational stories about the fair trade town movement, and coffee growers in India and Taffy Thomas. And share some fair trade cake to celebrate Oxfam's 70th Birthday this year and the end of this section of this incredible journey.

Email: Bruce to let us know how you want to get involved: brucecrowther300@gmail.com

Another way to show your support is by making a donation to help to further the work people are doing in the UK and across the world to make fairer food for all a reality.

Visit: www.fairtradeway.org.uk

We will be visiting as many fair trade establishments as we can along the way (and encouraging others to join the movement) and therefore ask that the food you bring with you for a picnic lunch is made of fair trade products.

Please note that this is an event that is being organised by members of local communities and as such you will be taking part at your own risk and should use the information provided to organise your own transport too and from the event.

The Fair Trade Way is supported by Oxfam and the Co-operative Group.

We've already come so far, but still have a long distance to travel.