Spooktacular Lantern Trail proves a hit

Hundreds of fearless families braved the Spooktacular Hallowe’en Walk in Bridgwater on Thursday 30 October, with the route illuminated by homemade lanterns clutched in their shaking hands!

Children in spooky costumes added to the sinister atmosphere, while storytellers along the trail told the chilling tail of a ghostly apparition that appeared on the canal path to the horror of a local young person.

The free event was part of The Bridgwater Way project aimed at encouraging local people to think about their journeys and make sustainable transport choices. The guided walks took people along some of the new and improved walking and cycle routes and started and finished in Blake Gardens.

All sorts of other Hallowe’en hi-jinks and fiendish family fun took place including lantern workshops, pumpkin carving, face painting and pedal-powered spooky smoothie making.

Lisa Rogers, Campaign Co-ordinator from The Bridgwater Way said: “We wanted to use Hallowe’en as an opportunity to promote walking and cycling, and to show people that with well-lit paths and being well lit, you can feel safe walking and cycling even in the winter months.”

The Hallowe’en Spooktacular was one of several planned events by The Bridgwater Way project, funded by the Department for Transport. The initiative aims to transform travel in the town, making it easier and safer to walk or cycle.

As well as developing 6.5 miles of new or improved cycle paths, TBW will work with residents, businesses and schools to promote safer travel. The project is being delivered through a partnership of Somerset County Council, Sustrans and Sedgemoor District Council.