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Information for 2018 Walking Festivals

walking festivals If you visited one or more of the UK’s fantastic range of walking festivals in 2017 we hope you had a wonderful time, enjoyed some gorgeous scenery and maybe made some new friends.

Looking forward to this year many event organisers have already set dates for their festival, even if detailed information is not yet available. Where we know dates information is given below. We expect most of the festivals will be repeated again in 2018 but unless we have given firm dates this cannot be guaranteed. We will update as information becomes available.

Chepstow Walking Festival - 4 to 8 April 2018

Chepstow Walking FestivalThis is a popular walking festival which is firmly established on the walker’s map.  Five days of walking fun on a fantastic walks programme that has walks to suit all abilities and are led by experienced walk leaders who either live or work in the area.

The Lower Wye Valley is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a rich heritage and has such a lot to offer the walker with its variety of landscape. The area is beautiful at any time of the year but particularly so in Spring when the bluebells are in full bloom and there is no better introduction to the Lower Wye landscape and heritage than to join one of the many walks on offer. Chepstow is an accredited ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town which aims to provide the best possible walking experience.

The full programme will be online by the end of January 2018 which will give details and information on how to book your place or get in contact.
For further information, visit www.walksinchepstow.co.uk

Walk Scilly Walking Festival - 4 to 14 April 2018

Walk Scilly FestivalWalk Scilly, the annual spring-time walking festival on the Isles of Scilly, keeps on growing. This year, due to popular demand, the festival has been extended to 11 days and 37 walks and it overlaps with the Easter holidays, which allows the addition of new, exciting walks for all the family.

Twenty-eight miles off the coast of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly are made for walking. Unspoilt and uncrowded, the archipelago is known for endless white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and exotic flora and fauna. There’s no better way of exploring the islands’ amazing scenery, wildlife and cultural heritage than Walk Scilly’s rambles, hikes and strolls, with expert local guides bringing the treasures and hidden gems of each island to life.

New walks for this year include an energetic hike around the entire coastline of St. Mary’s, and brisk walks on St. Martin’s out to the iconic red and white Daymark, and on Tresco. There’s a sunrise stroll to a spiritual spot with a guided meditation, a sensory amble around St. Agnes introducing island sounds and experiences, and a stargazing walk on St. Martin’s, the perfect place to look up into unpolluted darkness and marvel at the Milky Way, planets and stars.

All this, plus old favourites such as uninhabited island adventures, food foraging forays, farm walks, sea safaris, wildlife discovery tours, beachcombing, top-to-toe rambles across all five inhabited islands and an insiders’ stroll around Tresco Abbey Garden.
Further Information: https://www.visitislesofscilly.com/walkscilly

Walk Islay Festival - 8 to 13 April 2018

Walk Islay FestivalThe islands of Islay and Jura have something to offer everyone. Whether it’s our famous whisky, spectacular wildlife, peace and tranquillity, music, beaches or heritage. You are certain to find something special that may entice you back again.

The walking festival on Islay lets you explore the natural beauty of places such as Killinallen with its white sands at Killinallan Point and views across turquoise waters to Mull, Colonsay and Skye's Cuillin's. There are also two RSBC nature reserves at Loch Gruinart and Oa, and the Three Distilleries Pathway. All of these can be enjoyed on the choice of ten festival walks. The 2018 walks programme will be published in January 2018.
Further information visit http://www.islayjura.com/view-details.php?id=535

Boscastle Walking Week Festival - 15 to 20 April 2018

Boscastle Walking Week FestivalThis is an intimate event run by local people that has grown in popularity over the years. The organisers welcome new and returning walkers who take pleasure in this beautiful part of north Cornwall. From the very best of Britain’s coastline to wonderful walks amid woods and streams, it’s all on offer during Boscastle’s increasingly popular Walking Week. Usually there are 12 exciting walks planned, plus social events.

Simply one of Cornwall’s most picturesque and unspoilt villages, Boscastle offers breath-taking scenery, spectacular walks along the dramatic coastline and inland with great food, high quality accommodation and a vibrant history.
Further information should be available by November.
http://www.visitboscastle.com/events/boscastle-walking-week/

Kington Spring Weekend - 20 to 22 April 2018

Kington Spring walking WeekendThe Kington Walking Festival is the primary annual event of the Kington Walks charity and their 7th Festival will be held in September as usual (20 to 23 September). However, by popular demand, this year the organisers are introducing a Spring Weekend to give everyone a chance to experience the glorious countryside at a different time of year. Think daffodils, bluebells, wood anemones, lambs, and trees in bud and maybe blossom!

Kington is one of the great small market towns of Britain. Situated close to the Welsh border it was for centuries a center for cattle drovers, so a web of footpaths and byways, accessible on foot from the town center await discovery by present day walkers. The Offa's Dyke Path National Trail, the Herefordshire Trail, Mortimer Trail from Ludlow, and the Wyche Way from Broadway all pass through (or start/finish) in the town.
For further Information, visit:  www.kingtonwalks.org

Galashiels Walking Festival - 27 to 29 April 2018

Galashiels Walking FestivalGalashiels is a small town in the centre of the scenic Scottish Borders. It can be reached by train from Edinburgh Waverley or bus from Edinburgh or Carlisle.  This is a small local festival but the organisers will welcome anyone who would like to explore this area in the company of knowledgeable local walkers.

The nine planned walks include: Walk around Gala Policies and around the side of Gala Hill to the Roger Quin Stone; Evening Walk, Gala Water Tweed and Southern Upland Way; Tweedbank and Abbotsford; St Mary's Loch Circular (The Ring of the Loch); Southern Upland Way – Traquair Kirk to Tibbie Shiels; Ladhope and Heatheryett; Buckholm Tower and Dobby`s Grave; Clovenfords to Galashiels via Torwoodlee and Meigle; Southern Upland Way - Traquair to Galashiels.
Further Information: https://www.galawalk.co.uk/leaflet

Ulverston Walking Festival - 28 April to 7 May 2018

Ulverston Walking FestivalThis will be the 10th Ulverston Walking Festival and what better place to spend a few days exploring the southern fringes of the outstandingly beautiful Lake District and not far from Morecambe Bay with its sandy beaches and abundant wildlife. There will be the usual great selection of walks to suit all abilities which will allow you to experience the best of this beautiful area.

We expect many of the walks will be the same or similar to last year’s programme, possibly with some new additions. Details of the 2018 walks will be available during February. Fees for the walks will again be at an amazingly low cost because the organisers do it for fun and just want to cover their costs.
For further information, visit www.ulverstonwalkfest.co.uk

Haltwhistle Spring Walking Festival - 28 April to 7 May 2018

Haltwhistle Walking FestivalHaltwhistle lies between the most spectacular section of Hadrian's Wall in the Northumberland National Park and the North Pennines AONB. The beautiful South Tyne valley runs southwards up into the hills. The Haltwhistle Spring Walking Festival is a well-established event which gets booked up very quickly. This will be their 31st walking festival and as usual the organisers will put together an excellent programme offering a wide variety of walks in this lovely area.

In previous years there has been a longer and a shorter walk each day plus Special Interest walks on some days. Details of the walks for 2018 are not yet available.
For further information, visit www.haltwhistlewalkingfestival.org

Isle of Wight Walking Festival - 28 April to 13 May 2018

Isle of Wight Walking FestivalThe Isle of Wight is a walkers’ paradise. Sea breezes, big skies, springy downland turf, timeless villages; these are just a few of the pleasures that await you when you take part in the Isle of Wight Walking Festival. Over half the Island is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with 60 miles of dramatic Heritage Coastline, unspoilt countryside and over 500 miles of well-maintained and signposted footpaths. The Island has an acclaimed reputation as one of the best destinations in the UK for walking pursuits and there is something for all ages and abilities.

The Festival returns in 2018, with local and visiting walkers of all ages and abilities setting off on trails across the Island’s picturesque landscape. Walkers will get up close and personal with the best of the Island's stunning scenery, as they journey from the beautiful chalky cliffs of the west coast to the lush green rolling hills of the east. The Isle of Wight is often referred to as ‘England in Miniature’, so in just one day of walking you’ll be able to see the very best of the English countryside from sand dunes and pebbly coves to thatched villages and bustling sailing towns. Walk route details for 2018 are not yet available.
Information and booking details: www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk

Mole Valley Spring Walking Festival - 28 April to 7 May 2018

Mole Valley Spring Walking FestivalThere will be a warm welcome from Mole Valley Ramblers who are organising ten days of mainly led walks for anyone who wants to have fun, meet new people, exercise for healthy living and enjoy the lovely Surrey countryside.

Whether you’re a regular walker or an outdoor enthusiast, there will be the opportunity to selection from 30 walks to suit your taste: ranging between 3to14 miles, including shorter walks in conjunction with Mole Valley District Council Walking for Health. For those with youngsters who would like to try walking with a group for the first time there will be a family Treasure Hunt style walk day with a selection of walks for all ages, led by experienced Mole Valley walk leaders. All-day walks will include Pub and/or Picnic lunch breaks.
Further Information: http://www.molevalleyramblers.org.uk/festival

Settle Carlisle ride2stride Walking Festival - 1 to 7 May 2018

Settle Carlisle ride2stride Festivalride2stride is a festival of walks, talks and music along the fabulous Settle-Carlisle railway line. It's a week-long celebration of the wonderful landscape and culture of the western Dales and Eden Valley. The festival is made up of lots of events and activities and things will be happening along the length of the line. Walks will be led from stations by experienced walk leaders. Speakers will share their local knowledge and love of the area, and the pubs will be buzzing with music and song.

ride2stride is for everyone who loves the Yorkshire Dales. Whether you travel to an event by train, live along the line or book your holiday to take advantage of the festival, we're sure you'll have a great time.
Information and Booking Details www.ride2stride.org.uk

Alton Walking Festival - 1 to 31 May 2018

Alton Walking FestivalAlton Town Council has been hosting a Walking Festival since 2013, which has grown year on year as demand and interest has increased. In 2018 a month long event is being planned to offer an ever greater range of walks. They look forward to welcoming you to a range of guided walks that will give you the chance to explore the town and the beautiful surrounding countryside.

Whether you are looking to delve into the town’s history, enjoy the local shops or are a keen walker looking to enjoy a day out in East Hampshire countryside, the programme will offer something for all ages and tastes. The aim of this festival is to provide local residents and visitors to be able to actively engage with the event which is designed to promote healthy living. No details are available yet. Further information, visit: http://www.alton.gov.uk/Walking_Festival_6410.aspx

Talgarth Walking Festival - 4 to 7 May 2018

Talgarth Walking FestivalThis will be the sixth year the festival has been held. Close to Brecon, Crickhowell and Hay-on-Wye, Talgarth is an ideal base for visitors wishing to explore the Brecon Beacons National Park on foot, whether it’s the high peaks or the lush green valleys of the Wye and the Usk which capture the imagination. Talgarth is a ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town and is known as the Gateway to the Black Mountains.
On offer will be a great range of walks from high level strenuous hikes to gentler strolls all taking in the glorious mountain scenery.
Further information and to book visit: www.talgarthwalkingfestival.org

Walk the Chalk Festival - 4 to 11 May 2018

Walk the Chalk Festival, Kent DownsThis is a new festival for 2018 which is a heritage lottery funded project intended to encourage people to access the beautiful Kent Downs. The festival will offer a mix of guided and self-guided walks. The event website given below currently just has self-guided walks listed, but will soon have more events as the organisers get partners on board.

The festival area sits within Kent’s Garden of England and extends from Kemsing Down up to Cobham and across to Detling Hill and covers approximately 10,000 hectares in total. The area includes chalk hills which are the remains of the rim of the Wealden anticline which were created 65 million years ago. The landform is dominated by the North Downs escarpment and encompasses long dry valleys which extend along the dip slope to meet the River Medway, responsible for the deep trenches through the chalk hills.
Further information: http://www.oldchalknewdowns.org.uk/action

Llangollen Walking Festival - 5 to 7 May 2018

Llangollen Walking FestivalWalking in North Wales doesn't get much better than Llangollen, a beautiful Victorian Welsh border town with so much to offer the casual and the keen walker. The organisers warmly invite you to explore the town and landscape in the company of friendly local and professional guides who will share with you their knowledge of local history, heritage and folk tales whilst you walk through some of the most spectacular and mystical landscape in North Wales.

In 2017 events included a short leisurely history walk each day in the company of a Green Badge guide in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. A ride on a heritage steam train for a nostalgic ride followed by a scenic valley meander or a high level wilderness walk. A visit to a romantic medieval castle and abbey ruins plus stunning cliff walks for big views and moor. For the fitter walker there were high moorland wilderness walks. Information for 2018 will be available soon.
Further information visit: www.llangollenwalkingfestival.co.uk

Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival - 5 to 13 May 2018

Ironbridge Gorge Walking FestivalNow in its 13th year, the annual Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival is offering 53 free walks, making it probably the biggest in the West Midlands and one of the best in the country. The Festival offers a number of ‘themed’ walks ranging from two to 21 miles covering a whole host of topics from the wonderful landscape and geology of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site to the wildlife that inhabits the Gorge’s ancient woodlands. The walks are graded in terms of suitability for walks for everyone through to walks for experienced countryside walkers. 

New walks for 2018 include an 8-mile steam-train walk taking in the Telford Steam Railway and a 4-mile walk that looks at Ironbridge through the eyes of tourists over the past 200 years. Also new are the Family Walks, a 4.5-mile walk, encompassing a photo trail around the local woodland. Food-lovers will enjoy a new 10-mile walk that takes in the pretty local village Little Wenlock and its renowned pub, The Huntsman, where lunch will be available to buy.

There are a number of routes for the more serious walker with the aim of providing a challenging but enjoyable day out. They range in length from 12 to 21 miles
Further information: www.ironbridgewalking.co.uk

Bingley Walking Festival - 7 May 2018

Bingley Walking FestivalBingley ‘Walkers Are Welcome’ are very pleased to announce their second one day Walking Festival to be held on May Bank Holiday Monday. After the success of their first festival last year they hope to make this one even better.

There will be five walks on offer, one more than last year, all starting from the Market Square but at different times. The walk themes are: Bingley/Saltaire Walk, Long Walk, Mystery History Walk, Micklethwaite Walk, Family Walk.

Bingley is a Market Town located north of Bradford in Yorkshire in the beautiful Airedale Valley. The surrounding villages of Cottingley, Crossflatts, Eldwick, Gilstead and Micklethwaite are also part of Bingley Town Council. The area is crossed by both the River Aire and the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
Further Information:
http://www.bingleywalkersarewelcome.org.uk/events/walking/bingley-walking-festival/ 

Kendal Walking Festival - 11 to 13 May 2018

Kendal Walking FestivalThis event will be the second Kendal walking festival. Explore this wonderful town with its roots embedded so deeply in the landscape that surrounds it. Choose from over 11 guided walks on offer in the idyllic Lakeland countryside and enjoy this historic Kendal. In the evenings speakers will be providing additional interesting events.
Further information visit www.kendalwalkingfestival.co.uk

Chesterfield Area Walking Festival - 12 to 20 May 2018

Chesterfield Walking FestivalThe Chesterfield Walking Festival is a well-established annual event with a wide range of walks exploring the Chesterfield area. Most walks are free and are led by a fully trained guide who knows the history, wildlife and the best countryside to walk through (as well as the best pubs to visit) in the beautiful Chesterfield landscape.

Walks in 2017 included a magical fairy trail at Creswell Crags, combining a walk with a boat trip along the Chesterfield Canal; the Chesterfield-Round Walk, a 34-mile trek through the countryside that surrounds the town, and the ‘Beast of Bolsover’, a 20-mile circular hike. There were also many less strenuous walks such as evening strolls of 5 or 6 miles, a short walk around the town or a family ramble of 2 or 3 miles. We expect a similarly enjoyable programme to be planned for 2018, although details may not be available until early 2018.
For further information, visit www.chesterfieldwalkingfestival.co.uk

Suffolk Walking Festival - 12 May to 3 June 2018

Suffolk Walking FestivalThis year will be the 11th Suffolk Walking Festival, offering lots of exciting walks across the county, providing the opportunity to explore the wonderful and diverse Suffolk countryside. Stroll around medieval towns, amble along the coast or wander through stunning countryside and enjoy the landscapes of Suffolk’s two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Classic Challenge walk will be the Sandlings Walk, offering walkers the opportunity to explore coastal heathland and forest; a 60-mile route along the East Coast and through the Suffolk countryside from Southwold to Ipswich. Complete the route over a leisurely 4 days or if you really want to push yourself why not try it in 30 hours.

A variety of walks includes: geocaching for children; well-being, health, and mindfulness walks; themed walks featuring local artists, churches, castles, windmills; AONB walks featuring outstanding landscapes, and a Dragon; Sizewell Belts Flower Walk; Lackford Lakes Walk; Magical Minsmere with a stroll around the famous Scrape; and bird watching as you stroll around Westleton Heath.
For further information, visit www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk

Bishop's Castle Walking Festival - 16 to 20 May 2018

Bishop's Castle Walking FestivalBishop’s Castle is a small market town surrounded by the wonderful Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, near the Welsh border and off the beaten track. It is a welcoming place and a walker’s paradise.

This year’s nineteenth walking festival offers a great choice of five walks every day, all beautiful, all guided by local people who know the area. Walks vary between five and sixteen miles. They take walkers over wide open hills, through winding valleys, tiny hamlets and past ancient hill forts. There are some amazing views. Evening events round-off the day’s walking.

Bishop’s Castle is a friendly and welcoming market town which is interesting to explore with two breweries, six pubs and a range of independent shops.
For further information, visit: www.walkingfestival.co.uk.

Winchcombe Walking Festival - 18 to 20 May 2018

Winchcombe Walking FestivalThis annual 3-day event offers a choice of at least 5 walks every day, with something to suit everyone. You can choose walks of varying length and difficulty from strenuous full day walks on the Cotswold Way to half-day walks, short, level health walks, an evening walk, and a historic town walk. Since the first festival in 2010, the event has grown in popularity, attracting walkers from all over the country and some from abroad. The walks are led by experienced leaders with a good knowledge of the local area.

Winchcombe is set in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds. It has a timeless quality about it which makes it an attractive centre for walkers. The town has "Walkers are Welcome" status which means it will endeavour to make your stay and experience memorable.
The programme is usually published in early February on the website
https://www.winchcombewelcomeswalkers.com/walking_festival/

Trefriw Walking Festival - 18 to 20 May 2018

Trefriw Walking FestivalThe dates have been set for the 2018 festival, Snowdonia’s premier Walking Festival. We expect to see another packed 3-day event, although details have not yet been confirmed.  In 2017 some of the activities reflected the national ‘Year of Legends’ in Wales, with walks including The Legends Trail, A High Mountain Walk in the Carneddau, The Owl of Cwm Cowlyd and The Sleeping Lady.

The beauty of Snowdonia National Park provides a dramatic backdrop to a programme of exciting activities for all the family, along with the return of some of your favourite walks. Booking will open in March.
For further information, visit www.trefriwwalkingfestival.co.uk

Prestatyn and Clwydian Range Festival - 18 to 20 May 2018

Prestatyn Walkinf FestivalThis festival, now in its 15th year, will be again offering 3 days of walking and activities that will provide you with the opportunity to explore, learn more and enjoy the unique surroundings that Prestatyn and Clwydian Range AONB has to offer. The area is a wonderful base for walking enthusiasts. Prestatyn was the first town in Wales to be awarded the ‘Walkers are Welcome’ status, so you are assured a friendly visit.

Walks have been planned arranged into four groups according to difficulty, providing walks suitable for all abilities. There will be over 20 walks over the three days and some will reflect the areas coast, exploring sections of the Wales Coast Path.
Further information: www.prestatynwalkingfestival.co.uk

Isle of Arran Mountain Festival - 18 to 21 May 2018

/isle of Arran Mountain FestivalAn opportunity to meet like-minded people, discover a fascinating island and have unforgettable days in the safe hands of experienced local leaders.  With names to inspire the imagination, such as Ceum na Caillich (Witch’s Step) Caisteal Abhail (Castles) and the Sleeping Warrior, the mountains of Arran are some of Scotland’s most amazing landscapes. From wildlife-watching walks along the island’s coastline to airy scrambles on towering granite ridges. Scottish hillwalking at its best!

Arran is one of the most accessible of the Scottish islands, with good transport links by ferry, road, rail and air.  At the end of an exhilarating day in the outdoors, there are plenty of hostels, hotels, cottages and campsites for comfort and relaxation. Arran Mountain Festival is Scotland's premier hillwalking and mountaineering festival. In previous years 20 walks have been planned over the four days of the festival. Booking will open in mid-December.
For information and booking visit http://www.arranmountainfestival.co.uk

Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival - 19 May to 3 June 2018

Linclonshire Wolds Walking FestivalThe Lincolnshire Wolds is a great place for walking and to explore this fascinating Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 2018 will be the fourteenth Festival and we expect many walks as in previous years, although no detailed information is yet available.

The programme of walks is designed to suit all abilities; whether you haven’t walked for ages or you are a sturdy regular rambler, or you simply need a walk that is pushchair or toddler friendly, there are walks just for you. Stretching over the Lincolnshire Wolds character area with views of the River Humber in the north and The Wash in the south, the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival celebrates the varied terrain of the East Lincolnshire landscape.
Further information visit www.woldswalkingfestival.co.uk

Chilterns Walking Festival - 19 May to 3 June 2018

Chilterns Walking FestivalThe Chilterns Walking Festival invites people to explore the landscapes and locations of The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which covers the countryside from Goring in Oxfordshire to Hitchin in Hertfordshire. The spring festival offers an exciting programme of walks, talks and special events. No details are available at the moment.

Further information, visit www.visitchilterns.co.uk/walkingfest
or on Facebook at ChilternsWalkingFestival/

National Forest Walking Festival - 19 to 31 May 2018

National Forest Walking FestivalThis year will be the 10th festival and will, as previously, include many walks that range from gentle strolls to strenuous rambles including routes for seasoned walkers as well as pushchairs, wheelchairs and family groups. Every walk is graded for difficulty and guided walks are led by an experienced leader with local knowledge. Health walks are suitable for all ages and those recovering from illness and are also led by a trained volunteer.

All the walks within the programme can be found throughout the 200 square miles of forest area across Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Leicestershire.
Further Information www.thenationalforestwalkingfestival.org.uk

Llanelli Walking Festival - 25 to 28 May 2018

Llanelli Walking FestivalLlanelli Ramblers organise and host the annual Llanelli Festival of Walks which is a Spring Bank Holiday event that has attracted hundreds of visitors to the town since its beginnings in 1995 and has established Llanelli as a popular centre for walking. The 2018 Festival of Walks is open to all, old and young, non-members and members alike.

The main theme of the 2018 Llanelli Festival is Welsh legends and the sea. There is a choice of 15 walks to suit all ages and abilities, in areas including Cardiff Bay, Gower, Pembrokeshire and, of course, Carmarthenshire. The Festival ends on Bank Holiday Monday with the ever-popular traditional Welsh tea.
Further information: www.llanelliramblers.org.uk/festival/

Malvern Hills Walking Festival - 26 May to 3 June 2018

Malvern Hills Walking FestivalThis year’s programme, now in its 17th year, is the biggest and best ever. There are 51 walks available over the nine-day programme making it one of the largest walking festivals in southern England. Add to that, the fact that the Malvern Hills are in an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty and it’s not surprising the Festival is proving so popular.

There are a wide variety of walks available on this year’s Festival so there’s something for everybody regardless of their ability or interests. Some of the walks are short and themed including history, gardens, geology, Elgar’s music, trees and farming and some are more challenging. There’s a 6 day 65-mile discovery trail from Ludlow back towards Malvern. There are two walks of 3 days each covering about 35 miles around the Malvern Hills plus dozens of other shorter walks ranging from a couple of hours to full days and ranging from 1 mile to 18 miles. All the walks will be led by enthusiastic local experts, keen to share their knowledge with the group.
For further information, visit www.malvernwalking.uk
Early bookings are way ahead of last year and the organisers are anticipating a sell-out, so book early if you want to participate.

Angus Glens Walking Festival - 31 May to 3 June 2018

Angus Glens Walking FestivalThe beautiful Angus Glens and surrounding countryside host the 16th anniversary of the Angus Glens Walking Festival. As previously we expect about twenty spectacular walks over 4 days, through breath-taking scenery, including open moorland, heather-clad hills, mountains, rivers, corries and crags.

Mountain Leaders, Countryside Rangers and Estate Managers with excellent local knowledge, will guide your walks and share their knowledge of local history and wildlife along the way. Popular walks include Jock's Road and Scotland's Oldest Right of Way. You can also enjoy a Munro, try Mount Keen, Broad Cairn, Tom Buidhe, Driesh and Mayar. The festival programme offers a range of options to entice new walkers of all abilities to enjoy outdoor rambling as well as daily heightened challenges for experienced walkers. No detailed walk information is available yet.
For further information visit: www.angusglenswalkingfestival.com

Gower Walking Festival - 2 to 10 June 2018

Gower Walking FestivalThe Gower Walking festival is back after having put its feet up for a couple of years, refreshed and ready to ramble! Explore the magical coastline of the UK's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty during Wales' Year of the Sea. There will be a range of walks on the coast and inland, catering for all abilities and tastes, from literary to wildlife, pub to pub, and historical! Visit the festival this summer and experience the friendly and healthy way of enjoying the stunning scenery of the Gower Peninsula.
Further information: https://gowerwalkingfestival.uk

Elham Valley Walking Festival - 2 to 3 June 2018

Elham Valley Walking FestivalSet in the beautiful Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the 14 planned walks range in distance from one to twenty-three miles and include visits to vineyards, exquisite gardens, charming villages, special woodlands, a fun walk for children and the challenging Elham Valley Way. Enjoy the landscape and learn about its history at this weekend festival.

Guided by Explore Kent’s Kay Hammond, walk in the footsteps of the famous, discovering, for example, the childhood home of Audrey Hepburn. Amble along peaceful footpaths nestled between hedgerows, woodland and a patchwork of fields revealing the quintessentially Kentish views of this beautiful landscape, then join the festival social event for a drink and refreshments.
Further information: www.elhamvalleywalkers.co.uk

Corsham Walking Festival - 8 to 10 June 2018

Corsham Walking FestivalCorsham is an historic market town on the fringe of the Cotswolds and at the heart of the Corsham Walking Festival, from where walks on ancient paths with beautiful views and rolling countryside begin. The town, with its wandering peacocks, offers a peaceful retreat from nearby Bath and Chippenham.

The Festival offers a wide variety of walk themes such as Brunel’s railway, quarry tramways, geology, wildflowers, and a treasure hunt. The walks are led by experienced walk leaders.
Brochures should be available from the start of April and on line via the website.
For further information, visit the website www.corshamwalkingfestival.org.uk

Moray Walking and Outdoor Festival - 15 to 24 June 2018

Moray Walking FestivalFrom the foothills of the Cairngorms to Moray’s award winning coastline, let the Moray Walking and Outdoor Festival take you on an adventure in 2018. Enjoy long Midsummer days exploring Moray’s world renowned golden coasts, hills and forests full of hidden fauna and flora, whisky coloured rivers and towns with stories to tell and culture to experience. There’s something for everyone; guided walks, talks and events alongside outdoor activities and walking challenges.

So, whether it’s a big outdoor challenge or a gentle amble, the Moray Walking and Outdoor Festival welcomes you. The full programme of events is being planned and should soon be complete. The festival is ideal for a short break or longer holiday. Explore great scenery and benefit from the knowledge and experience of local people.
Further information: https://www.themorayway.org.uk/festival/

Herefordshire Walking Festival - 16 to 24 June 2018

Herefordshire Walking FestivalThis well established festival offers nine days of glorious summer walking. This year the long distance walk will be The Mortimer Trail which will be walked in three sections over three days on the first weekend. There are also themed walks from historical to farming, poetry to bats, including a 20-miler or a bike ride in the beautiful South Herefordshire countryside.

A wide variety of walks for all to enjoy, old favourites & new ideas. What better way to explore the delights of Herefordshire than in the care and comfort of friends?
For further information, visit www.walkingfestival.com

Redcar/Cleveland Walking Festival 16 to 24 June 2018

Redcar and Cleveland Walkng FestivalThis Walking Festival is an established annual summer event that includes walks for everyone from beginners to the more advanced walker. There is a good selection of walks, many of which have been planned with a theme. Walks include: Saltburn Circular, Roseberry Ramble, Kittiwake Walk, Saltburn Beach Nordic walks, Scaling Mill Circular, Mindful Walk, Incredible Insect walk, Nightjar Walk, St Hilda’s Well Circular, Skelton Circular, Cleveland Way and Cleveland Street.
To request a booklet, call 01642 496442 / 496428 or email walkingfestival@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk.
Further information is also available at the festival website
http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/walkingfestival

Quantock Hills Walking Festival - 30 June to 1 July 2018

Quantock Hills Walking FestivalStowey Walking, a member of the national Walkers Are Welcome network, is hosting a weekend of guided walks with the support of the Quantock Hills AONB Service. The Quantock Hills Walking Festival is designed to showcase the varied landscape of the Quantock Hills, England’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

There will be three guided walks to choose from each day of 3, 6 and 12 miles, so there will be something to suit everyone from keen hikers and ramblers to families looking for a more leisurely stroll in the countryside. Both Nether Stowey and Over Stowey lie at the foot of the stunning Quantock Hills. Nether Stowey with its shops, B&Bs and pubs is at the start of the Coleridge Way. Smaller Over Stowey clusters around the church of St Peter and St Paul. The parish encompasses a substantial area of farmland and open access land on the Quantock Hills.
Further information: www.stoweywalking.co.uk
or email enquiries@stoweywalking.co.uk

White Cliffs Walking Festival - 23 to 29 August 2018

White Cliffs Walking FestivalThis festival is now in its fifth year and is becoming the walking event of the year for the South East of England. Centred on the historic towns of Dover, Deal and Sandwich, this week long festival, run by the local Ramblers group, features over 40 walks ranging in length from 1 to 32 miles.

The event attracts over a thousand happy walkers each year from UK and worldwide visiting this historical area. Walks for all abilities and interests, including family walks, historical walks, wildlife walks, smugglers walk, challenging walks and a three-day trekking walk.

Whatever your walking ability or interest, this event offers walks that will tempt you out to discover beautiful coastal and nearby countryside. Bring the children and join the smugglers walk or immerse yourself walking among the fascinating military fortifications. A few special guided walks cost a modest £2. A voluntary contribution is appreciated for all other walks.
For further information, visit: www.whitecliffswalkingfestival.org.uk

Corwen Walking Festival - 1 to 2 September 2018

Corwen Walking FestivalCorwen is a wonderful base for walking enthusiasts and a fantastic venue for a walking festival which offers walks from the town that suit all levels of walking. From walks around Corwen itself, finding out about the history of the town, to a high level ridge walk along the Berwyn reaching over 800 metres in height, the Corwen Walking Festival has it all. There are guided walks on both days and you have the choice of a full day walk or, with some of the shorter walks, doing one in the morning and another in the afternoon. There are also some evening walks and skills lectures, along with evening entertainment in town.

The area around Corwen is in the Clwydian and Dee Valley 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' and even from the main car park in the heart of Corwen you can see why. Just look up and you will see Caer Drewyn hillfort looking down over the town. Corwen is situated on the A5, at one end of the magnificent and majestic Dee Valley.
Further information visit www.corwenwalkingfestival.co.uk

Gillingham Walking Festival - 1 to 9 September 2018

Gillingham Walking FestivalGillingham Walking Festival aims to highlight the beautiful surrounding countryside, rare wildlife and local history, with over 20 walks, from short themed walks to longer rambles and social events. Explore the hidden gems of the town or tours of the local history, industrial heritage, rich wildlife and riverside walks. Enjoy our gently rolling farmland and explore our medieval Royal Forest. Gillingham, Dorset gained accreditation to the national ‘Walkers are Welcome’ Towns network in 2015.
Further information visit http://gillwalkersarewelcome.btck.co.uk

Bedfordshire Walking Festival - 8 to 16 September 2018

Bedfordshire Walking Festival2018 will be the tenth annual festival, now an established fixture in the Bedfordshire calendar. No detailed information is currently available, but usually there are walks for almost every ability level. Short 1-2 mile health Walks, 3-4 mile ambles and special interest walks. Rambler led walks for more serious walkers ranging from 5 to12 miles and for people who like a challenge the Greensand Ridge Challenge two-day hike along the Greensand Ridge has been included in previous years.

Bedfordshire may be a small county but has a varied and interesting landscape. The rural north likened by some to the “Wolds”. The wooded and most varied middle with excellent ridge views and the Chalk Hills of the South together with interesting towns and villages plus well marked, and generally a well maintained footpath network makes Bedfordshire ideal for walking.
Further information, visit: www.bedswalkfest.co.uk

Blairgowrie Walking Festival - 14 to 16 September 2018

Blairgowrie Walking FestivalThis established festival is really designed for serious and experienced hill walkers. Each walk is linear and the organisers provide minibus transport from the event meeting area in Blairgowrie Wellmeadow. The linear walks make interesting and challenging trips that are not easy to do without multiple car journeys. Once again the organisers have managed to find a range of new walks, from an extended high level trek visiting the peaks of Lochnager, to interesting sections of the Cateran Trail.  From extremely strenuous through to moderate there are walks for most people. All walks are led by qualified guides.
Further information: www.walkingfestival.org

Sidmouth Walking Festival - 22 to 28 September 2018

Sidmouth Walking FestivalCome along to this festival for a fabulous week of free guided walks and discover the wonderful scenic coastal walking around Sidmouth and the hidden gems of East Devon.

Choose from three daily walks, shorter special interest walks led by experts, circular walks through glorious countryside and the spectacular Jurassic coast or the East Devon Way linear walks with coach transport. All walks are free but there is a charge for coach transport on linear walks.

2018 sees the 25th anniversary of the East Devon Way, a 40 mile walk from Exmouth to Lyme Regis that passes through eight villages and crosses five rivers, showcasing the variety of East Devon habitats. Over 5 days you can walk the 40 miles, each morning the coach from Sidmouth will take you to the start of the day’s walk and collect you in the afternoon for the return to Sidmouth.   Details of East Devon Way at www.eastdevonway.org.uk
Further information: www.visitsidmouth.co.uk

Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival - 28 to 30 September 2018

Ross-on-Wye Walking FestivalThere are fifteen varied walks being planned for this festival, now in its tenth year, offering the chance to explore this beautiful area. Some walks include additional activities such as a ride on a steam train, a lunch cruise on the river Wye or a sumptuous farmhouse cream tea.

The town of Ross-on-Wye has a splendid setting within the Wye Valley AONB overlooking the River and dominated by the beautiful slender spire of St Mary’s church.  Ross is an ideal location for walking with plenty of local accessible paths and, used as a base, it is within easy reach of the Malvern Hills, the lower Wye valley, the Forest of Dean and even the Black Mountains of Wales.
Further Information: www.rosswalkingfestival.co.uk

Crieff and Strathearn Drover's Tryst - 6 to 14 October 2018

Crieff and Strathearn Drover's Tryst Walking FestivalCrieff and Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst annually celebrates the life, work and play of the people who made Crieff the cattle-droving crossroads of Scotland in the 1700s. The modern day Tryst is a walking festival run by volunteers and built around a programme of guided walks in the stunning scenery and autumn colours of Strathearn and surrounding areas of Perthshire.

Enjoy beautiful Perthshire at this walking festival. Eight days and 32 walks in small groups with grades varying from extra-hard to easy, and providing a range of interests. Although the walks vary in difficulty all are enriched by wildlife, plants, trees, history and the company of like-minded people. There will also be a day of mountain biking, family biking and a social programme most evenings. Booking is now open. You can also find information on the ‘Drovers’ Tryst Walking Festival’ Facebook page.

For further information, visit www.droverstryst.com

New Forest Walking Festival - 13 to 28 October 2018

New Forest Walking FestivalDiscover the hidden treasures of the New Forest National Park this autumn at the New Forest Walking Festival. Walkers of all ages will be led on bespoke experiences by expert guides highlighting the unique countryside, wildlife, culture and history of this internationally-important landscape. The guided walks are accessible by public transport, and most are free for those who travel by bus, train, bicycle or on foot. Free minibuses will also be provided for some walks.

The festival will boast dozens of guided walks led by knowledgeable local experts to help you discover more about the history, heritage and wildlife of the Forest.
For further information, visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/walking_festival

 

 


Festivals Completed for 2016 and 2017

 

North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival - 30 April to 8 May 2016

Hertfordshire Walking Festival - 1 to 31 May 2016

Bristol Walking Festival - 1 to 31 May 2016

Hawick Walking Weekend - 28 to 30 May 2016

Conwy Summer Walking Week - 1 to 10 July 2016

Tomintoul and Glenlivet Walking Festival - 25 to 29 August 2016

Scottish Borders Walking Festival - 4 to 10 September 2016

Pateley Bridge Walking Festival - 22 to 25 September 2016

Richmond Walking and Book Festival - 24 September to 2 October 2016

South East Cornwall Walking Festival - 10 to 16 September 2016

South Lincolnshire Walking Festival - 24 September to 30 October 2016

Swanage and Purbeck Walking Festival - 17 to 25 September 2016

Wellington Walking Festival - 12 to 18 September 2016

Yorkshire Wolds Walking Festival - 10 to 18 September 2016

Bollington Walking Festival - 24 September to 2 October 2016

Haltwhistle Autumn Walking Festival - 1 to 9 October 2016

Mondean Walking Festival - 1 to 9 October 2016

 

Corby Walking Festival - 29 May to 4 June 2017

Trigaron 17 Walking Festival - 16 to 18 June 2017

Barmouth Walking Festival - 16 to 18 September 2017

Cowalfest Walking Festival - 6 to 15 October 2017

 

Crickhowell Walking Festival - 24 February to 4 March 2018

 

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WALKING FESTIVALS

Why not consider visiting a Walking Festival? They provide lots of great opportunities to meet other people who also love walking and to make new friends. You can undertake sponsored walks, learn more about the countryside and flora and fauna, join in social events and informative talks and generally have a good time.

Festivals are also a great way to introduce the kids to walking as most have family walks designed for children. Even if you usually walk only as a family unit or by yourself, it's rewarding to occasionally share your walking experience with others who enjoy the countryside. If you are new to country walking, unsure about where to go, or need an incentive to get your boots on, then a Festival might be just the answer to get you started.

Festivals are listed chronologically. or you can click on a link below to go to a specific festival.

1066 Walking Festival
Alton Walking Festival
Angus Glens Festival
Barmouth Festival
Bedfordshire Festival
Bingley Festival
Bishops Castle Festival
Blairgowrie Festival
Bollington Festival
Boscastle Festival
Bristol Festival
Chepstow Festival
Chesterfield Area
Chilterns Festival
Conwy Festival
Corby Festival
Corsham Festival
Corwen Festival
Cowalfest Festival
Crickhowell Festival
Crieff and Strathearn
Dursley Festival
Elham Valley Festival
Exmoor Festival
Galashiels Festival
Gillingham Festival
Gower Festival
Haltwhistle Festival
Hawick Walk Weekend
Hay on Wye Festival
Hereford Festival
Hertfordshire Festival
Ironbridge Gorge
Islay Walk Festival
Isle of Arran
Isles of Scilly
Isle of Wight Spring
Isle of Wight Autumn
Kendal Festival
Kington Walks
Llanelli Festival
Llangollen Festival
Lincolnshire Wolds
Lyme Regis
Malvern Hills
Mole Valley Surrey
Monmouth Festival
Moray Festival
National Forest
New Forest Festival
Pateley Bridge
Prestatyn Festival
Quantock Hills
Richmond Festival
Redcar and Cleveland
Ross-on-Wye Festival
Scottish Borders
Settle Carlisle Festival
Sidmouth Festival
South East Cornwall
South Lincolnshire
Stafford Festival
Suffolk Festival
Swanage and Purbeck
Talgarth Festival
Tomintoul Glenlivet
Torridon Festival
Trefriw Festival
Trigaron 17 Festival
Ulverston Festival
Walk the Chalk Kent
White Cliffs Festival
Winchcombe Festival
Yorkshire Dales
Yorkshire Wolds