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 charity events.
11 to 14 February 2016
This huge annual show held at the Excel Centre in London covers most outdoor activities. Within the world of walking exhibitors include walking organisations, gear manufacturers and retailers, walking holiday providers and tourism bodies. There are also lots of daring-do talks by adventurers and bushcraft and survival experts plus lots of activities at which you can have a go. All this combined with a great selection of food and drink purveyors makes for an enjoyable day out.
For information go to http://telegraphoutdoorshow.co.uk
19 to 22 May 2016
This year will signify a milestone in this popular event as it will be the 10th anniversary festival. An ever-growing programme of outdoor activities and sports includes guided walks, wild camping, swimming, trail runs, triathlons, cycling and walks at all levels. The event also features a festival village hosting many well-known outdoors speakers, live music, food and drink and more.
The hiking programme includes the following walks: Blencathra by moonlight; Helvellyn by sunrise; Helvellyn scramble; Scafell Pike; Skiddaw sunset; Wainwright Wander. There is also a beginners’ navigation course on offer.
For further information, visit www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk
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.
The next events are as follows:
Ravenstonedale and Howgill Fells - 8 to 10 April 2016
Youlgrave, Peak district - 24 to 26 june 2016
Aysgarth Fells, Yorkshire Dales - 9 to 11 September 2016
The Parks and Countryside Service of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council provide a programme of walks and activities throughout the district. The walks are graded for different levels of fitness. Some of the walks are aimed at or are suitable for families. There is usually no need to book; just turn up a few minutes before the start time. Dogs are not allowed. For a pdf file of the events click here
The guide 'Outside, active and healthy' contains full details of the events plus additional practical information and conservation events. To obtain a copy contact Horticulture Service, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Moorlands House, Stockwell Street, Leek, ST13 6HQ. Telephone (01538) 483577 or email email@example.com Full details of all events in the Staffordshire Moorlands can be found at www.staffsmoorlands.gov.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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