The Fair Trade Way

The view from Scout Scar (Day 4)

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 Fair Trade Town) and Keswick. It was created to promote the positive impact that using Fair Trade 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 Fair Trade by enjoying Fair Trade food and beverages where possible. If required, they can also seek out accommodation that use Fair Trade products.

The Fair Trade Way criteria:

  1. Each day should (where possible) start and end in a Fair Trade town, city, village or island.
  2. Actual and potential premises for Fair Trade refreshment should be included on the routes.
  3. Places of national scenic, historic, environmental and/or cultural importance should be included.
  4. Where possible roads are to be avoided and Public Rights of Way should be used.


1. Fair Trade Way Wales

2. Bradford District Fair Trade Way


To celebrate Fair Trade Milestones and the bicentenary of Lancaster canal this walk will take place along the canal tow path from Galgate to the world’s first Fair Trade Town, Garstang. This year sees the 10th anniversary since the first Fair Trade Way was established from Garstang to Keswick and 25 years since the FAIRTRADE Mark was launched in the UK. To commemorate the 200th anniversary since the completion of the canal some of the milestones between Preston and Kendal have been recently replaced and viewed on the walk.
Details: Galgate to Garstang (Approx 9 miles). No gradient (Along the canal towpath). Surface is good but if it has been raining then areas of mud will be evident. Approx 3.5 hours.
Meeting: Meet at The Silk Mill Cafe in Galgate at 1.00pm for a 1.30pm start.
Contact: or telephone/text: 07891918886

Read a summary of the Fair Trade Way route here.

Read “The Story of the Fair Trade Way” here