Walking and Countryside Events
Millions of us enjoy recreational walking in the countryside and in our towns and cities. Personal motivation may be for exercise and fitness, relaxation and wellbeing, part of a healthy lifestyle plan, or just a plain love of the outdoors and nature. Most of this walking is done either alone or as part of a family group. Recreational walking also has another aspect and that is social. Many of us enjoy walking with friends or with a walking group such as the Ramblers and derive much pleasure from the sociability of such a group. There are also organisations such as walk4health which arrange group walks aimed mainly at getting more people out walking and the social aspect to this provides encouragement.
Another trend in recent years has been the growth of walking festivals which provide an opportunity to meet and walk with new people with a common interest and perhaps start up new friendships. These are often organised by partnerships of local tourism authorities and walking groups. You can find a list of many of these on our Walking Festivals listing page.
Here we list walking and countryside events that may be one-off affairs or programmes of regular led walks offered by all sorts of organisations. Some are free, others charge a fee and some are challenge or charity events.
This year's Big Welsh Walk, organised by Ramblers Wales, challenges you to conquer the legendary landscape of Ceredigion. Based in the community of Devil’s Bridge, you're guaranteed an outdoor experience to remember, sweeping through a mysterious landscape made famous by the award winning S4C/BBC Wales TV detective series Y Gwyll/Hinterland.
All routes will be fully marshalled and supported by Brecon Mountain Rescue Team. There are three walking challenges for the day, each of varying length between 6 and 15 miles. Each challenge walks costs £20.00 to enter and you will be expected to raise a minimum of £20.00 in sponsorship which will be spent on path maintenance in wales.
You will receive a bespoke route guide, your Big Welsh Walk t-shirt and your Big Welsh Walk medal.
Discounted deals at local accommodation, attractions and food & drink outlets are being arranged.
The Challenge Walk options are as follows:
King Offa’s Challenge - 6 miles
Mary Jones’ Challenge - 10 miles
Owain Glyndwr’s Challenge - 15 miles
In addition, there is a two-mile woodland walk available which is free to join. This is a walk along a quiet country lane visiting a wonderful community run woodland.
To obtain further information and sign up visit the Ramblers website at
If you love group walking, meeting new like-minded people and enjoy good beer and a good pub then a Boots and Beer Weekender might be just the ticket. These events take place in beautiful locations in northern England and are organised by Mark Reid, a walking guidebook author and qualified mountain leader with plenty of experience.
These are sociable fun weekends which include a choice of two walks with a choice of distance on Saturday and Sunday. The weekends begin on Friday evening with an 'icebreaker' social event at a classic country pub where you can get to know your fellow walkers.
For further information visit; www.walkingweekenders.co.uk
Croydon Council, in partnership with local organisations, provide a range of walking opportunities for residents and visitors. The program of walks are published twice yearly in the 'Walk Croydon' leaflet. There are two main themes to this programme.
Guided Wildlife Walks - Into the Great Green Yonder
These walks are aimed at people and families who would like to find out more about local wildlife and Croydon’s green open spaces. They are suitable for most people as the pace is generally easy, but paths can be uneven, muddy at times and hilly in places. Children must be accompanied by a guardian. Dogs on a lead are welcome. All the walks are led by experienced Countryside Wardens, Park Officers, or Group volunteers. For further information about these wildlife walks contact the Community Partnership officer on 020 8726 6000 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Health Walks - These walks are really designed for beginners; people who would like to try walking as a way of improving fitness or developing a healthier lifestyle. Walking with a group of like-minded people is an ideal way to improve confidence, retain commitment and enjoy the countryside. For further information about the Walking for Health Co-ordinator on 020 8726 6000.
Note to Walking Clubs and Groups
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