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Information for 2017/2018 Walking Festivals

walking festivalsThe walking festival season for 2017 is now drawing to a close. If you visited one or more of the UK’s extraordinary range of festivals this year we hope you had a wonderful time, enjoyed some gorgeous scenery and maybe made some new friends.

Looking forward to 2018 some keen 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.

Redcar/Cleveland Winter Festival 29 January to 4 February 2018

Redcar and cleveland Walking FestivalThis Walking Festival is an exciting event that includes walks for everyone from beginners to the more advanced walker. Walks are as follows: Upleatham Circular (4 miles); Coatham Heritage Trail (2 miles); Circular to Mines Wood (4 miles); Guisborough Three Peaks (9 miles); The Industrial History of Guisborough Woods (9 miles); Handale Abbey Trail (6.5 miles); Skinningrove Valley Trail (3 miles); between Flatts Lane Woodland Country Park and Stewarts Park (6 miles). In addition, there are Nordic Walking events each day.
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

Crickhowell Walking Festival - 24 February to 4 March 2018

Crickhowell Walking FestivalThe Crickhowell Walking Festival takes place around the beginning of March each year and lasts nine days. It consists of a number of guided walks of various grades, all led by local experienced guides. There is something for every level of walker, whether you are happy trekking all day across the tops of the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons or would rather keep to paths and the lower slopes.

The programme also has a range of supporting events. These are in the form of talks, some of which will be followed by a walk to illustrate the talk the next day, courses in Map Reading and Navigation – theory and practical – as well as times to relax to music and even dance, if you still have enough energy left!
For further information, visit the festival website www.crickhowellfestival.com
Booking opens in the first week of December 2017

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 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/

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

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

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

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 details and web link to follow.

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

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.

2018 will be the nineteenth year of this festival which usually offers a great choice of five different walks every day, all beautiful and guided by local people who know the area. They take walkers over wide open hilltops, through winding valleys, tiny hamlets and ancient hill forts and there are amazing views. Evening events round-off the day’s walking.

Bishop’s Castle is a friendly and welcoming market town with two breweries, six pubs, interesting independent shops and a well-established programme of festivals, music and arts. Detailed information about the next festival should be available during December.
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

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/

Malvern Hills Walking Festival - 26 May to 3 June 2018

Malvern Hills Walking FestivalThe beautiful Malvern Hills are the jewel in the crown of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. For the 2018 Festival there will be over 50 walks, the highest number offered in the 15 years of the Festival, with a mix of multi-day, all-day, and morning, afternoon, and evening walks. Their length will range from long, challenging walks, to gentle strolls of 2 or 3 miles.  In between there'll be a dozen walks with lengths over 10 miles but also many of 5 to 8 or 9 miles to choose from.

A rich variety of themes and places of interest will be covered and all the walks will be led by enthusiastic local experts, keen to share their knowledge with the group.  New this year are a Farming Walk, a Quarries Walk, and a Tree Walk (on the ground, not among the tree-tops!)  And if you've ever been flummoxed by maps and compasses, there are two walks on Castlemorton Common where you can learn the skills of navigation. The walks are organized in five categories, from Leisurely/Gentle to Strenuous.

On 1st January 2018 the website will open with full details of all walks.
For further information, visit www.malvernwalking.uk

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

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

Herefordshire Walking Festival - 16 to 24 June 2018

Herefordshire Walking FestivalThis festival offers nine days of glorious summer walking. In 2017 the Wye Valley walk was a favourite among the long distance footpaths and was featured with the route through Herefordshire divided into four sections, two on each weekend of the festival. There may be a similar long distance route featured in 2018.

We expect 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? No information is currently available, but the organisers are in the process of putting it all together for you to enjoy.
For further information, visit www.walkingfestival.com

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

 


Festivals Completed for 2016 and 2017

Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival - 30 April to 8 May 2016

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

Moray Walking Festival - 16 to 26 June 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

Crieff and Strathearn Drover's Tryst - 8 to 15 October 2016

National Forest Walking Festival - 13 to 25 May 2017

Suffolk Walking Festival - 13 May to 4 June 2017

Llanelli Walking Festival - 26 to 29 May 2017

Corby Walking Festival - 29 May to 4 June 2017

Trigaron 17 Walking Festival - 16 to 18 June 2017

White Cliffs Walking Festival - 24 to 30 August 2017

Corwen Walking Festival - 2 to 3 September 2017

Gillingham Walking Festival - 2 to 10 September 2017

Blairgowrie Walking Festival - 15 to 17 September 2017

Barmouth Walking Festival - 16 to 18 September 2017

Kington Walks - 21 to 24 September 2017

Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival - 22 to 24 September 2017

Sidmouth Walking Festival - 23 to 29 September 2017

Cowalfest Walking Festival - 6 to 15 October 2017

Walk Scilly Walking Weekend - 12 to 16 October 2017

New Forest Walking Festival - 14 to 29 October 2017

 

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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
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
Exmoor Festival
Gillingham 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
Monmouth Festival
Moray Festival
National Forest
New Forest Festival
Pateley Bridge
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
White Cliffs Festival
Winchcombe Festival
Yorkshire Dales
Yorkshire Wolds