Information for 2014 Walking Festivals
The autumn walking festival season is now well into its stride and here is our listing of the remaining UK walking festival events planned for 2014. The listing below will give you an idea of what is available and a flavour of the events. Details will be updated as we receive them, so please check back occasionally to see the current status. Please email us if you would like us to update you with details of a specific festival.
To launch the North Chiltern Trail and as part of the Chiltern Society’s campaign to raise awareness of the opportunities for walking and other activities in the north Chilterns, the Chiltern Society are holding a mini ‘festival’ of free walking and other activities. The events include the opportunity to walk the complete new North Chiltern Trail over four separate Sunday walks. Other events include a circular walk taking in the wonderful hills surrounding Barton le Clay, a Nordic Walking taster walk and a map reading skills walk.Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. For updates and to book on these events and to see the full listing of the Chiltern Society’s new range of FREE events for 2014 please visit http://www.chilternsociety.org.uk/activ-events.php or call the office on 01494 771250.
Following the success of the first North Pennines Walking Festival in which an ambitious programme of 50 walks and 9 events was delivered and 400 participants and 80 volunteers involved, the focus is now on this year’s festival.This year’s North Pennines Walking Festival will combine the two in one unforgettable programme for 2014. There will be a packed programme of walks and events right across the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) celebrating the best local produce the hills and dales have to offer. Whether it’s a long hike or a short family ramble the second North Pennines Walking Festival promises something for everyone.
For further information and to book visit www.northpennineswalkingfestival.org.uk
A great opportunity to walk some of the fantastic Jurassic Coast and superb inland countryside. There will be 2 walks each day led by experienced local walk leaders.
Further information from Sidmouth Tourist information Centre telephone 01395 516441 or email firstname.lastname@example.org A programme will be available shortly at the website www.visitsidmouth.co.uk.
This annual Walking and Outdoors Festival is one of the largest and most varied walking festivals in Scotland, with more than 80 walks led by expert and knowledgeable walk leaders. The main attraction of the programme is a wide range of walks offering everything for all ages: all levels of fitness and interests whether you’re a hardy hill walker, a heritage buff, a family group, a wildlife fan or someone who likes to be busy and learn new skills on holiday - you will find a wealth of walks and events to fill your days and evenings during Cowalfest.
The walks cover interest areas of wildlife, bird watching, drama, photography, art, history, heritage, folklore, tai chi, great gardens, great houses and some great hill walks including the opportunity the complete over 6 days the long distance trail ‘The Cowal Way’. All set within the dramatic and historic landscape of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Forest Park. With all this on offer no wonder people come back to Cowalfest year after year!
For further information and booking visit www.cowalfest.org
This is the first walking festival for 1066 Country, based around Hastings and exploring the local Sussex countryside. The festival will be featuring walks to suit all ages and abilities over the 1066 area and will aim to show just how much fun walking can be alongside the healthy aspects.
There will be long and short walks to suit all tastes and fitness levels from 2 mile strolls to 17 mile hikes. Many of these will be free of charge, or by donation request. On Saturday the six walks will mainly cover the area of the 1066 Country Walk, including the complete Pevensey to Battle route and finish in Battle for a small celebration. Other walks include Hastings Country Park, Rye Heath walk, Greater Bodiam estate, Bexhill to Bulverhythe beach walk and many more
For further information visit: www.visit1066country.com/walkingfestival
Dursley is located in the south Cotswolds, close to the escarpment with its glorious woods and views and is a ‘walkers are welcome’ town. This weekend festival provides a selection of walks designed to appeal to all walkers and to families. There are also some social events. Walks include the Cotswold Way from Stonehouse to Dursley, Cam with Severn Vale views, Wotton Edge, a birding walk, Cam to Coaley, Uley Bury, introduction to geo-caching, a photography walk ‘Sunset over the Severn’, Dursley, Owlpen and Nailsworth, the Lantern Way between Dursley and Coaley and a Durlsey heritage walk. Afternoon teas available on Sunday.
For further information visit: www.dursleywelcomeswalkers.org.uk
Haltwhistle Autumn Walking Festival - 11 to 19 October 2014
This event will be Haltwhistle’s 23rd walking festival, so the organisers have figured out what makes for a good festival. All the walks are led by volunteers who want to share their enthusiasm for the area with you.
Haltwhistle 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.
For further information visit the festival website
This year will be the fourth Hay Walking Festival and the festival website is now open to take bookings. There is a very full and varied programme of 40 walks this year to suit serious walkers in search of a full day out in the hills, those wishing to walk at a more relaxed pace, as well as those wanting to learn more about the landscape and history of the area.
The organisers have planned a couple of innovations this year including a 3 day Middle Wye Adventure, taking in a 40 mile stretch of the lovely Wye Valley walk, from Hereford to Erwood. There will also be a torch lit procession up Cusop Hill at dusk on Friday 9th with lots of the walk leaders to guide you on the way!.
For further information visit the website www.haywalking.org
This four day walking weekend is organised by the Cerdded Conwy Walks Volunteers. Each day there are walks of varying difficulties in different areas. The programme includes a climb up Wales’ smallest mountain, which going from sea level doesn’t feel so small! Other walks discover the history of the quarry town Penmaenmawr, and discover the fungi that can be found around Trefriw. You can also venture to Aberglaslyn and the Rhyd Ddu valley to enjoy some fantastic walks further afield. Rain or shine, there are two things the leaders can guarantee; that you will be lucky enough to be able to enjoy the spectacular and versatile scenery of Conwy County, and that the Volunteer Walk Leaders of Cerdded Conwy Walks group will make your walk one to remember.
More information and full programme here
The county of Monmouthshire in South Wales has everything you need for a good walk. From rugged mountains in the north to ecologically important wetlands in the south. Picturesque river-gorges in the east to meandering rivers flowing through rolling countryside in the west. In this centenary year of World War I the organisers are planning walks to commemorate both the first and second world wars. On these walks you will discover how the people and places of Monmouthshire played their part in these events. You may visit a secret bunker, the grave of possibly the last combatant killed in World War I or even join Dad's Army on exercises.
The walks will vary in length from 3 miles to 20 miles through this landscape of sharp contrasts: flat coastal wetlands of the Gwent Levels; picturesque mountains in the north, Brecon Beacons National Park; the Wye Valley AONB and the peaceful rolling farmland of the Usk and Monnow valleys.
Information and booking will be available online from 1 September at www.walkinginmonmouthshire.co.uk
Autumn is a beautiful time of year around the Fal River. It’s perfect for long walks along the coast, across beaches or through woodlands. There’s a host of other events going on too including lots of spookiness for Halloween! Featuring self-guided walks through some of the most stunning scenery the Fal River has to offer, encountering historical points of interest, meandering along coast paths, passing through areas of outstanding natural beauty and world heritage sites. There is a range of graded walks for all the family (and the dog!) to suit all abilities taking in areas from Falmouth to Truro, the Roseland to the Helford Passage. Discover unique flora and fauna, birds and wildlife, and picture perfect views.
For further information visit: www.falriver.co.uk/walkingfestival
A week of fabulous walks exploring the scenery, heritage and wildlife of Cheshire's Peak District, some challenging, others a stroll in the park! Nestling in Cheshire’s Peak District, Bollington is surrounded by great walking country. These wonderful walks led to the creation of the Bollington Walking Festival, now established as an annual event.
There is a great programme of walks and social events over the Festival. There are 31 walks of varying length designed to suit all abilities and ages – even a Bear Hunt and activities for children during half term. Find out more about the famous and unique features found scattered throughout the local countryside. White Nancy, built as a summerhouse by the Gaskell family in 1815, stands as an impressive landmark overlooking the full majesty of the town. Walk the waterways including the Macclesfield Canal, which meanders past the mighty splendour of Clarence Adelphi Mills, with Lowerhouse Mill in the distance. Visit the Discovery Centre at Clarence Mill for Bollington’s fascinating history. Visit Lowerhouse, site of Samuel Greg’s ‘Happy Valley’ with its mill, workers’ cottages and schoolhouse.
Further information see walks leaflet, phone 01625 576311 and to book visit www.cheshirepeakdistrict.com
The Isle of Wight is a walker’s dream, being located just a few miles from the mainland and two hours from London, and offering over 500 miles of well-maintained footpaths through spectacular breath-taking scenery and terrain, making it the perfect place for a walking holiday or break. With footpaths that wind through fields and forests, and its 64 miles of coast paths adjacent to some of the Isle of Wight’s most dramatic coastline and beaches, the Autumn Walking Weekend gives you the opportunity to breathe in the beautiful scenery and autumnal colours the Island has to offer.
There are walks for all ages and abilities, all led by friendly and knowledgeable leaders, who will take you on a journey of mystery, intrigue and exploration as you traverse our countryside, woodland, pastures, meadows and footpaths of the Island. The Island has long been a source of inspiration to visitors, and for a taste of this, step back in time and follow in the footsteps of the Poet Laureate, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Hook, John Milne or Jimi Hendrix. Or stroll in the most enchanted and historic gardens of Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s much-loved residence at East Cowes. Or simply step out on children’s walks, alpaca walks, walks from rails, Ramblers walks, exploration walks, history walks, nature walks, speed dating, foodie walks, fossil walks, Nordic walking, adventures and more.
For further information and to book visit www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk
Snowdonia is famous the world over for its majestic rugged beauty. Betws y Coed is long renowned for its stunning scenery, emerald forests and fast flowing rivers; a natural base for a walking festival. For over a century, walkers have been drawn to the village and the region in their thousands to enjoy the great outdoors. No more so than in October when the regions premier walking festival is to be staged.
Every walk will be guided by a local expert with many years experience and knowledge of the forests, lakes and mountains that encircle the village of Betws y Coed. Each level of fitness will be catered for - from three mile strolls for beginners through to all day treks for the more experienced mountain walker.
For further information visit the website:
Discover 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.
For further information visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/walking_festival
Festivals that have already taken place in 2014
Conwy Walking Festival - 2 to 9 July 2014
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