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“Walk Garstang to Nicky Nook and return to FIG Tree Cafe”
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The FIG Tree
Ranked #10 of 12 things to do in Garstang
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Owner description: The FIG Tree; the world's first international Fair Trade Visitor Centre located centrally in the world's first Fair Trade Town. The people of Garstang voted for their unique status at a public meeting in April 2000 and since then over 1,000 Fair Trade Towns in 23 countries worldwide, including London, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Brussels, Copenhagen, Oslo, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Vancouver and Wellington in New Zealand have all followed in Garstang's footsteps.
Reviewed 19 March 2013

Starting at the car park at the top of the High Street in Garstang behind the FIG Tree cafe. The walk takes you out of the back of the car park, past the sports fields, along the riverside millennium green park until you come to a lane. Turn R and cross the footbridge. Turn L and follow the river. The path leaves the river when it swings off to the left, the path continuing across fields along a tributary towards Woodacre Hall (signposted) and a bridge over the railway and then the motorway. Keep straight on the track in front with the woods on your left until you reach a lane. Turn left for .25mile and just past a farm house & barn conversions, as the road begins to climb, take the bridleway on the R. Continue down the Grize Dale valley entering woodland and passing a reservoir to reach open moorland. Turn left and climb up past a chimney and over a stile to the trig point on Nicky Nook (can be wet underfoot, boots recommended). Continue forwards but soon take a right fork to walk above the tarn (keeping L of tarn) to gap at end of stone wall. Turn L and follow path down to lane (take care can be muddy). Take the lane directly in front of you down into Scorton village. Turn L at T-junction past Toilets and take the next left, Tithe Barn Lane. After curving to the R and a sharp L bend, take a well signed path on the R across fields towards the corner of woodland. Continue in a straight line to skirt the wood before crossing a footbridge into the wood and turning L. Eventually the path drops diagonally R down to a gate & a stile into an open field. Head diagonally R, towards the motorway and a gap in a fence which takes you into gorse were you'll find a hidden footbridge. Returning you to the bridges over the motorway and railway that you crossed earlier. Retrace earlier route: across fields alongside stream, then alongside river as it curves L to the footbridge. Turn right across river into lane. Turn into millennium green park and follow river back to car park and an incredible hot chocolate made with real chocolate or a fairtrade coffee and a well deserved piece of home made cake. 8.5miles, 700ft ascent. Take some food and a drink and some waterproofs and allow about 5 hrs walking plus extra time back in the FIG tree. Oh, and did I mention the oh so well named bars of Devine chocolate?

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Reviewed 2 March 2013

What a wonderful place - Fairtrade, clean, fully accessible, great coffee, good food, fair price, nice view, gluten-free options, crafts to buy - AND a place to play - whatever your age! Nothing negative to say about it at all..

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Reviewed 21 November 2012

The FIG Tree is celebrating its first birthday and provides a wonderful experience for those of an ethical inclination or those just wanting a fine cup of coffee and slab of locally made cake in Garstang - The worlds first of over 1200 Fairtrade Towns.

But the cafe is merely there to support the main business of Fair Trade Visitor centre where you can learn all about the fascinating history of this uique venue. Hoping to be a museum one day the FIG Tree is well on its way!

One if the men behind the venture is the inspirational Bruce Crowther - Godfather if the Fairtrade Towns movement and reason enough to pay a visit to hear stories of trials and tribulations from slavery and the Quakers right through to the birth of the FIG Tree and the Community Interest Company behind it.

And a great venue for school visits. With Fairtrade within the schools curriculum now, what better way than participating in a chocolate makimng workshop using cocoa beans especially imported from Ghana.

I highly recommend a visit to the website to find out more!!!!!

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Reviewed 6 November 2012

The Fig Tree can proudly boast that it is the only first fair trade visitors centre and cafe in the world. Located; High Street, Garstang, Preston, United Kingdom, the centre is a short hop from Preston and Lancaster. I first visited The Fig Tree October 2011 when it was a mere shell and was invited to a fair trade tea party, August 2012. The enthusiasm, passion and the warm welcome was overwhelming and humbling.I was impressed by its amazing transformation. I loved The Fig Tree logo as a feature on the cafe wall and the Nelson Mandela quotes in the adjacent workshop.


The Fig Tree offers a wonderful range fair trade products, fair trade bevarages, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and mouth watering home made cakes and biscuits are on offer daily.


It also showcases the history of the Quakers and the abolition of the slave trade through exhibits and learning materials. Everything you ever want to know about fair trade can be found here.


Supporting local farmers and producers, ice cream and other local produce can also be tried and tasted to your hearts content.

The large cafe can boldy accommodate, 40-60 customers. I thoroughly enjoyed the home made scones and chocolate cake. :)

Expect to pay an average of 4-7 pounds for cakes and tea. Well worth every penny.


The centre offers chocolate workshops for local schools and tourists as Garstang's has strong links with the cocoa farming community in Africa's first Fair Trade Town of New Koforidua in Ghana.


The management team also organises The Fair Trade Way, the world's first long-distance fair trade heritage trail. The trail starts at The Fig Tree, Garstang and connect through the fair trade towns of Lancaster, Arnside, Kendal, Windermere, Grasmere and Keswick, Cumbria.


Mr. Bruce Crowther will personally take you on a tour of the market town of Garstang, however, I would advise that you write to him well in advance of your visit and requirements.


The concept for this educational centre and cafe was devised by director Mr. Bruce Crowther MBE, Ms. Rita Verity of Sonia's Smiles, Haworth, Christina Longden of The Lorna Young Foundation, Huddersfield, other key members of the fair trade community not forgetting the many selfless volunteers who make this building the epicentre for fair trade in the United Kingdom and inspiration for many fair trade international movements.


Garstang became the world's first Fair Trade Town and has inspired the fair trade towns movement globally. At a Public Town Meeting on Thursday 27th April 2000 the people of Garstang voted virtually unanimously for Garstang to become the world's first Fairtrade Town.


I would highly recommend all ethically responsible individuals and fair trade supporters to visit this pioneering institute. I hope to return to Garstang every year and support Mr. Crowther and his dedicated team. Congratulations and best wishes to them all! S:)


Opening times: Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm.

Tuesday's and Wednesday's by arrangement.

Sunday's: 11am-5pm


Access for wheelchairs and pushchairs is available with a large car park available at the rear of the centre. Parking is approximately 2.00-2.50 per hour. Toilets are available and fair trade soap and toiletries are at your disposal.


Please visit the website for upcoming events and news. http://www.fairtradecentre.org/ or write to; info@fairtradecentre.org


How to get to Garstang


Garstang is a pretty market town situated on the banks of the River Wyre. It lies in a rural location between the larger conurbations of Preston to the south and Lancaster to the north. It is also the gateway to the Forest of Bowland, an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is easily accessible via the M6 or A6.
Garstang is just a short ride from the Lake District, coastal Blackpool or historic Lancaster. After a short stroll along the Lancaster Canal or a hike in the fells you will soon confirm this is a part of England just too good to be missed.


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Traveline Public Transport: 0870 608 2608
National Rail: 0845 748 4950
Cycling Networks: www.sustrans.co.uk
Lancashire Transport: www.transportforlancashire.com
Blackpool Transport Services: www.blackpooltransport.com

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