It is estimated that between 1.5 and 2.5 billion people have little or no access to the most basic of human needs. Much of this can be attributed to unfair trading systems.
The Fair Trade Way is a long-distance heritage trail on the three related local themes of fair trade, the British Atlantic slave trade and the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). The 6-day walk links Fairtrade Towns between Garstang (The World’s first Fairtrade Town) and Keswick. It was created to promote the positive impact that using Fairtrade products can have on the lives of people who suffer whilst they produce the resources that we in the more wealthy countries consume in our everyday lives. Whilst following the route, walkers are encouraged to endorse the principles of Fairtrade by enjoying Fairtrade food and beverages where possible. If required, they can also seek out Fairtrade accommodation.
The Fair Trade Way criteria:
- Each day must start and end in a Fairtrade town, city, village or island.
- Actual and potential premises for Fairtrade refreshment should be included on the routes.
- Places of national scenic, historic, environmental and/or cultural importance should be included.
- Where possible roads are to be avoided and Public Rights of Way should be used.
Follow these links for other Fair Trade Way Routes:
Fair Trade Way Wales: http://fairtradewayswales.wordpress.com
Bradford Fair Trade Way: http://www.bradford.gov.uk/bmdc/business_and_industry/fairtrade/bradford_district_fairtrade_way
Extensions to the Fair Trade Way to the North and South.
With the walk from Carlisle to Brampton on World Fair Trade 2014 the Fair Trade Way now runs from Preston to Willowford Farm Fair Trade guest house in Gilsland on Hadrian’s Wall.
Two walks are planned on the Fair Trade Way in Wales:
Wednesday June 18th – Llanelli to Carmarthen (26 miles) – A sponsored walk for Oxfam’s Sudan Appeal.
Wednesday July 9th – Carmarthen to Whitland (20 miles) – Involving Fair Trade schools, cafes and shops along the way.
How could you extend the Fair Trade Way in your area?