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Information for 2014 Walking Festivals

walking festivalsThe 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.

North Chiltern Trail Walking Festival 16 September to 6 October 2014

North Chiltern Trail Walking FestivalTo 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.

North Pennines Walking Festival - 27 September to 5 October 2014

North Pennines Walking FestivalFollowing 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

Sidmouth Walking Festival - 27 September to 2 October 2014

Sidmouth Walking FestivalA 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 ticinfo@sidmouth.gov.uk A programme will be available shortly at the website www.visitsidmouth.co.uk.

Cowalfest Walking Festival - 3 to 12 October 2014

Cowalfest Walking FestivalThis 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

1066 Walking Festival - 4 to 10 October 2014

1066 Walking FestivalThis 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 Walking Festival - 10 to 12 October 2014

Dursley Walking FestivalDursley 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

Haltwhistle Walking FestivalThis 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
www.haltwhistlewalkingfestival.org

Hay Walking Festival - 8 to 12 October 2014

Hay Walking FestivalThis 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

Conwy Autumn Walking Weekend - 9 to 12 October 2014

Conwy Autumn Walking WeekendThis 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

Monmouthshire Walking Festival - 25 October to 2 November 2014

Monmouth Walking FestivalThe 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

Fal River Autumn Walking Festival - 17 October to 2 November 2014

Fal River Walking FestivalAutumn 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

Bollington Walking Festival - 18 to 27 October 2014

Bollington Walking FestivalA 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

Isle of Wight Autumn Walking Weekend - 24 to 27 October 2014

Isle of Wight Walking WeekendThe 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 Walking Festival - October 2014

Snowdonia Walking FestivalSnowdonia 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:
www.snowdoniawalkingfestival.co.uk

New Forest Walking Festival - 18 October to 2 November 2014

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.
For further information visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/walking_festival

Festivals that have already taken place in 2014

Crickhowell - March

Boscastle Walking Week Festival - 28 March to 5 April 2014

Blaenavon Walking Festival - 5 to 11 April 2014

Walk Scilly Walking Festival - 12 to 18 April 2014

Chepstow Walking Festival - 12 to 14 April 2014

Dearne Valley Walking Festival 12 to 19 April 2014

Haltwhistle Spring Walking Festival - 26 April to 6 May 2014

North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival - 26 April to 5 May 2014

Ulverston Walking Festival - 26 April to 5 May 2014

Settle Carlisle ride2stride Walking festival - 29 April to 5 May 2014

Llangollen Walking Festival - 3 to 4 May 2014

Cambrian Mountains Bro Tregaron Walking Weekend - 2 to 5 May 2014

Corby Walking Festival - 3 to 5 May 2014

Peak District Walking and Outdoors Festival - 26 April to 11 May 2014

Bristol Walking Festival - 26 April to 26 May 2014

Isle of Wight Walking Festival - 4 to 19 May 2014

Chesterfield Area Walking Festival - 10 to 18 May 2014

Jersey Spring Week Walking Festival - 10 to 17 May 2014

Garstang Walking Festival - 10 to 18 May 2014

Suffolk Walking Festival - 10 May to 1 June 2014

Isle of Man Walking Festival - 11 to 17 May 2014

Trefriw Walking Festival - 15 to 18 May 2014

Winchcombe Walking Festival - 16 to 18 May 2014

Prestatyn and Clwydian Range Walking Festival - 16 to 18 May 2014

Isle of Arran Mountain Festival 16 to 19 May 2014

National Forest Walking Festival - 17 to 29 May 2014

Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival - 17 May to 1 June 2014

Llanelli Walking Festival - 23 to 26 May 2014

Malvern Hills Walking Festival - 24 May to 1 June 2014

Wirral Walking Festival - 1 to 31 May 2014

Wrexham Walking Festival - 1 to 7 June 2014

Angus Glens Walking Festival - 5 to 8 June 2014

Church Stretton Walking Festival - 5 to 8 June 2014

Gower Walking Festival - 7 to 22 June 2014

Bishop's Castle Walking Festival - 10 to 12 June 2014

Arundel Walking Festival - 14 to 16 June 2014

Herefordshire Walking Festival - 14 to 22 June 2014

Wellington Walking Festival - 16 to 22 June 2014

Moray Walking Festival - 19 to 23 June 2014

Holywell Walking Festival - 20 to 22 June 2014

Rothbury and Coquetdale Walking festival - 21 to 28 June 2014

Otley Walking Festival 21 to 29 June 2014

Conwy Walking Festival - 2 to 9 July 2014

Guildford Walkfest - 12 to 27 July 2014

Black Combe Walking Festival - 18 to 24 August 2014

White Cliffs Walking Festival - 21 to 27 August 2014

Corwen Walking Festival - 30 to 31 August 2014

Scottish Borders Walking Festival - 31 August to 6 September 2014

Much Wenlock Walking Weekend - 5 to 8 September 2014

South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival - 6 to 21 September 2014

Bedfordshire Walking Festival - 6 to 14 September 2014

Mendip Hills Walking Festival - 11 to 14 September 2014

Blairgowrie Walking Festival - 12 to 14 September 2014

Barmouth Walking Festival - 13 to 22 September 2014

South East Cornwall Walking Festival - 13 to 20 September 2014

Yorkshire Wolds Walking Festival - 13 to 21 September 2014

Autumn Footprints Walking Festival - 13 to 28 September 2014

Gillingham Walking Festival - 13 to 21 September 2014

Kington Walks - 18 to 21 September 2014

Swanage and Purbeck Walking Festival - 20 to 28 September 2014

Richmond Walking and Book Festival - 20 to 28 September 2014

Pateley Bridge Walking Festival - 25 to 28 September 2014

Pickering Walking Festival - 26 to 28 September 2014

Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival - 26 to 28 September 2014

Cardigan Walks Festival - September 2014

 

 

 

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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
Amber Valley Festival
Angus Glens Festival
Arundel Festival
Barmouth Festival
Bedfordshire Festival
Bishops Castle Festival
Black Combe Festival
Blaenavon Festival
Blairgowrie Festival
Bollington Festival
Boscastle Festival
Bristol Festival
Cambrian Mountains
Cardigan Festival
Chepstow Festival
Chesterfield Area
Church Stretton
Conwy Festival
Corby Festival
Corwen Festival
Cowalfest Festival
Crickhowell Festival
Dearne Valley
Dursley Festival
Exmoor Festival
Fal River Festival
Garstang Festival
Gillingham Festival
Gower Festival
Guildford Festival
Haltwhistle Festival
Hay on Wye Festival
Hereford Festival
Holywell Festival
Isle of Arran
Isle of Man
Isles of Scilly
Isle of Wight Spring
Isle of Wight Autumn
Jersey Spring Week
Kington Walks
Llanelli Festival
Llangollen Festival
Lincolnshire Wolds
Malvern Hills
Mendip Hills
Moffat Festival
Monmouth Festival
Moray Festival
Much Wenlock
National Forest
New Forest Festival
North Chiltern Trail
North Pennines
Otley Festival
Pateley Bridge
Peak District Festival
Pickering Festival
Prestatyn Festival
Richmond Festival
Ross-on-Wye Festival
Rothbury Coquetdale
Scottish Borders
Settle Carlisle Festival
Sidmouth Festival
Snaith Festival
Snowdonia Festival
South East Cornwall
South Pennines
Suffolk Festival
Swanage and Purbeck
Trefriw Festival
Ulverston Festival
White Cliffs Festival
Winchcombe Festival
Wirral Festival
Wrexham Festival
Yorkshire Dales
Yorkshire Wolds