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Information for 2017 Walking Festivals

walking festivalsWe are looking forward to the 2017 Walking Festivals and some organisers are already working hard planning their events and devising great walks. If you visited a walking festival in 2016 we hope you had a great time and will consider visiting one or more festivals this year. Although it is only January time flies and the keen planners amongst you may want to give some early thought to which festivals to visit. Although most dates for 2017 are not yet finalised the list of festivals in the box all took place in 2016 and most will probably take place again this year at similar dates.

Where 2017 dates have been confirmed we have provided currently available information below, although details of the walk programmes may still be in development. We expect most of the festivals will be repeated again but unless we have given firm dates this cannot be guaranteed. We will update as information becomes available.

Redcar/Cleveland Winter Festival 30 January to 5 February 2017

Redcar Winter Walking FestivalThe organisers invite you to Join them for an exciting Winter Walking Festival. The programme of walks will include routes for everyone from beginners to the more advanced walker with distances ranging from 1.5 miles to 12 miles. This is a great way to explore the countryside and new parts of the Borough.

To request a booklet, call 01642 496442 / 496428 or email walkingfestival@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk.

Further information about the walking programme is also available at the festival website

Chepstow Walking Festival - 19 to 23 April 2017

Chepstow Walking FestivalA popular walking festival which is firmly established on the walker’s map. Join us for 5 days of walking fun! Our fantastic walks programme 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. Chepstow is an accredited ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town which aims to provide the best possible walking experience.

The price is £5 for a single ticket or £10 for a Supersaver ticket which gives you the chance to join as many walks as you wish and includes transport and parking in Chepstow if applicable. Booking essential as places are limited. The full programme will be online by the end of January 2017 which will give details and information on how to book your place or get in contact.
For further information, visitwww.walksinchepstow.co.uk

Isle of Arran Mountain Festival - 19 to 22 May 2017

Isle of Arran Walking 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.

There are 20 walks planned over the four days of the festival. All the walks are described in detail on the festival website, together with all the information you require to plan a trip to this stunning area. Places are limited and many walks fill quickly. Booking is now open.

For information and booking visit http://www.arranmountainfestival.co.uk

Gillingham Walking Festival - 2 to 10 September 2017

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.
For more information, visit the website:

Bedfordshire Walking Festival - 9 to 17 September 2017

Bedfordshire Walking festivalThis year will be the ninth 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 to 2 mile health Walks, 3 to 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 is to take place on the 16th and 17th of September. All walks are led by experienced leaders

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.
For further information visit: www.bedswalkfest.co.uk


Festivals Completed for 2016 (not yet confirmed for 2017)

Crickhowell Walking Festival - 27 February to 6 March 2016

Jersey Spring Walking Week - 25 to 30 March 2016

Berwick-upon-Tweed Walking Festival - 2 to 5 April 2016

Alton Walking Festival - 4 to 10 April 2016

Walk Scilly Walking Festival - 9 to 15 April 2016

Walk Islay Festival - 10 to 15 April 2016

Boscastle Walking Week Festival - 16 to 22 April 2016

Haltwhistle Spring Walking Festival - 23 April to 2 May 2016

Ulverston Walking Festival - 23 April to 2 May 2016

Settle Carlisle ride2stride Walking Festival - 26 April to 2 May 2016

Talgarth Walking Festival - 29 April to 2 May 2016

Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival - 30 April to 8 May 2016

Isle of Wight Walking Festival - 30 April to 15 May 2016

Llangollen Walking Festival - 30 April to 2 May 2016

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

Hertfordshire Walking Festival - 1 to 31 May 2016

Bishop's Castle Walking Festival - 7 to 15 May 2016

Chesterfield Area Walking Festival - 9 to 15 May 2016


Bristol Walking Festival - 1 to 31 May 2016

Suffolk Walking Festival - 14 May to 5 June 2016

National Forest Walking Festival - 14 to 26 May 2016

Trefriw Walking Festival - 20 to 22 May 2016

Winchcombe Walking Festival - 20 to 22 May 2016

Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival - 21 May to 5 June 2016

Llanelli Walking Festival - 27 to 30 May 2016

Hawick Walking Weekend - 28 to 30 May 2016

Malvern Hills Walking Festival - 28 May to 5 June 2016

Corby Walking Festival - 30 May to 5 June 2016

Angus Glens Walking Festival - 2 to 5 June 2016

Corsham Walking Festival - 17 to 19 June 2016

Herefordshire Walking Festival - 18 to 26 June 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

White Cliffs Walking Festival - 25 to 31 August 2016

Corwen Walking Festival - 3 to 4 September 2016

Scottish Borders Walking Festival - 4 to 10 September 2016

Blairgowrie Walking Festival - 9 to 11 September 2016

Kington Walks - 15 to 18 September 2016

Barmouth Walking Festival - 17 to 26 September 2016

Pateley Bridge Walking Festival - 22 to 25 September 2016

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

Sidmouth Walking Festival - 18 to 25 September 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

Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival - 23 to 25 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

Cowalfest Walking Festival - 7 to 16 October 2016

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

Isle of Wight Autumn Walking Weekend - 21 to 24 October 2016

New Forest Walking Festival - 15 to 30 October 2016

Walk Scilly Autumn Weekend - 13 to 17 October 2016


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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
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
Jersey Spring Walks
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
Ulverston Festival
White Cliffs Festival
Winchcombe Festival
Yorkshire Dales
Yorkshire Wolds