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Information for 2024 Walking Festivals

walking festivals Looking forward to the 2024 season some walking festival organisers have already set dates for their events, even though detailed walk information may not yet available. Where 2024 dates have been confirmed we have given them below, so you can assume the event will take place. We expect many of the previous festivals will be repeated in 2024 but unless we have given firm dates this cannot be guaranteed. We will update as information becomes available.

We have left listings of earlier festival details as you may wish to follow the links for earlier event reports or general information. The festivals are listed chronologically below.

Walk Scilly Walking Festival - 12 to 21 April 2024

Walk Scilly festivalWe expect that this year’s spring festival will be offering the usual wide choice of around 40 themed and guided walks, including a handful of wildlife sea safaris, across 10 days and nine islands. Exciting new events and collaborations are on the cards as well as firm favourites.

There’s no better way to explore the islands’ amazing scenery, wildlife and cultural heritage than Walk Scilly’s rambles, hikes and strolls, with expert local guides bringing the treasures and hidden gems of each island to life.
Further Information: https://www.visitislesofscilly.com/walkscilly

Mole Valley Spring Walking Festival - 24 to 28 April 2024

Mole Valley Spring Walking FestivalThis hugely popular walking event set in the Surrey Hills is back with an enormous variety of walks on offer. There is certain to be something to appeal to everyone during the five-day programme. This year's theme is woodland walks that incorporate pub or cafe stops.

The walks are free for all to enjoy, and most do not need to be pre-booked. The helpful, entertaining, and knowledgeable volunteer walk leaders will make sure you will have a safe, enjoyable and uplifting experience. Each day there will be a selection of 3 or 4 walks differing in length between 3 and 15 miles.
Further Information: http://www.molevalleyramblers.org.uk/festival

Haltwhistle Spring Walking Festival - 27 April to 6 May 2024

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. A variety of walks for all fitness levels and interests are provided, so there's something for everyone. There is a superb 36 mile multi-day walk exploring Pennine Peaks and Valleys, special interest walks, 10 long day walks, and 11 shorter walks to choose from.


Further information: www.haltwhistlewalkingfestival.org

Settle Carlisle ride2stride Walking Festival - 30 April to 6 May 2024

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.
Further Information: http://www.ride2stride.co.uk

Alton Walking Festival - 1 to 31 May 2024

Alton Walking FestivalAlton Walking Festival is a truly friendly walking event, ideal for enthusiastic walkers, relaxed wanderers, and curious explorers of all ages. The festival is the ideal opportunity to explore the Town and its surrounding villages and discover the superb Hampshire countryside with its abundance of wildlife and rich cultural heritage.

Whether you’re looking for a shorter stroll, a day long hike or themed walk you will be spoilt for choice! The festival hosts a wide variety of walks led by knowledgeable volunteer walk leaders, offering an extensive programme of 100 walks to suit all abilities.
Further information: www.walkalton.org.uk

Talgarth Walking Festival - 3 to 6 May 2024

Talgarth Walking FestivalThis will be the tenth 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.

The festival offers walks which guide you through the local history, geology, literature and nature of the area led by knowledgeable leaders who will take you on journeys through the landscape from the wooded dingles to the Black Mountains plateau. Walks range from high level strenuous hikes to gentler strolls all taking in the glorious mountain scenery.

Further information: www.talgarthwalkingfestival.org

Ironbridge Walking Festival - 4 to 12 May 2024

Ironbridge Gorge Walking FestivalThis festival is offering 60 free walks in the beautiful surroundings of this unique UNESCO World Heritage site, traditionally starting on the first Saturday of the May Day Bank Holiday. Come and see the Iron Bridge in all its splendour and whether you visit for one walk or 9 walks, walking across it will always be a special moment.
There are 60 free walks from 3 to about 20 miles over a nine-day period, including morning, afternoon and evening walks, and dog friendly walks. Friendly and experienced walk leaders who are passionate about walking and who love the area. An opportunity to experience the beautiful landscape of the Gorge, learn about its industrial heritage and even climb The Wrekin, one of the famous Shropshire landmarks which offers a bird’s eye view of the Gorge.
Further information: www.ironbridgewalking.co.uk

Bingley Walking Festival - 6 May 2024

Bingley Walking FestivalThis one-day festival is offering a choice of 4 walks all designed and led by their experienced walk leaders. Each walk has something different to offer to walkers of all abilities, ages and experience. It is a real chance to see some of Bingley and the surrounding district’s most stunning sights and landmarks.

Bingley is a Market Town located north of Bradford in Yorkshire in the beautiful Airedale Valley. The surrounding villages of Cottingley, Crossflatts, Eldwick, Gilstead and Micklethwaite are also part of Bingley Town Council. The area is crossed by both the River Aire and the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

Further Information:

Crieff and Strathearn Drover's Tryst 10 to 13 May 2024

Crieff and Strathearn Drover's Tryst Walking FestivalCrieff & Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst annually celebrates the life, work & traditions of the people who made Crieff the cattle-droving crossroads of Scotland in the 1700s. The modern-day Tryst is a walking festival run by volunteers and built around a programme of guided walks in the stunning scenery and spring colours of Strathearn & surrounding areas of Perthshire. The walks vary in difficulty, but all are enriched by wildlife, plants, trees, history and the company of like-minded people. Further information www.droverstryst.com

Suffolk Walking Festival - 11 to 25 May 2024

Suffolk Walking Festival logoThis year’s programme will be released on 1st March. Walks will explore every corner of Suffolk with over 70 delightful walks across Suffolk’s beautiful landscapes. Events will re-visit Orford Ness, enjoy mindfulness moments in an ancient wood, relax on a river trip and ventures into the vast Broads National Park.

Last year saw the ever-popular Walk n’ Water River trips with a boat in Sudbury; an exclusive walk with Sweep the sheepdog on Orford Ness; a twilight safari in an ancient woodland; and the intriguing stories of ancient smugglers and shipping routes on Dunwich Heath. Lots of walks for everyone, heritage trails, and foraging walks including cream teas.
Tickets will be on sale from early March
Further information, visit www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk

Isle of Wight Walking Festival - 11 to 19 May 2024

Isle of Wight Walking FestivalJoin the Isle of Wight Walking Festival and take part in one of the UK’s longest running walking festivals. Discover unique routes with experienced local walkers and enjoy an extensive walks programme that includes walks across, over and around the Island. There will be around 100 walks for you to choose from across this two-week period, from short to long, flat to hilly, beaches to forests and everything in between.

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.
Further Information: www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk

Dorchester Walking Festival - 11 to 19 May 2024

Dorchaster Walking FestivalLace up your boots and get ready to explore the stunning landscapes and rich history of Dorchester and the Jurassic Coast. Over 50 free guided and self-guided walks to choose from, including: The Trail of Thomas Hardy; Iron Age Forts; Walking in the Footsteps of the Romans; Family Scavenger Hunts.

There are also plenty of opportunities to explore dramatic coastal paths and some of the country’s finest chalk steams and uplands. Whether you are a keen hiker or prefer a gentle stroll, the programme will include something for everyone – for all ages, families, and individuals alike. Enter the 50Km challenge to win a stay at The Duchess of Cornwall in Poundbury and Monart spa treatments. You just need to log 50km of walks during the festival to enter.
Further information, to book onto the walks and to download the 28-page programme:

Bishop's Castle Walking Festival - 16 to 19 May 2024

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. Local footpaths lead over open hilltops, through winding valleys, tiny hamlets, country lanes and sometime the remains of ancient hill forts. There are many amazing views.

The festival welcomes walkers of all abilities. There will be a great choice of walks ranging from leisurely strolls to challenging hikes, all in small groups, guided by experienced leaders, amid the fabulous unspoiled countryside of the Shropshire Hills. There will also be a programme of evening events. Bishop's Castle is an accredited Walkers are Welcome town and is a great place to visit.

Further details at: www.bishopscastlewalkingfestival.co.uk.

Winchcombe Walking Festival - 17 to 19 May 2024

Winchcombe Walking FestivalThis annual 3-day event offers a choice of 21 walks and 2 events and offers 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. 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.

Isle of Arran Mountain Festival - 17 to 20 May 2024

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. In previous years 20 walks have been planned over the four days of the festival.
Further information: http://www.arranmountainfestival.co.uk

Trefriw Walking Festival - 17 to 19 May 2024

Trefriw Walking Festival Snowdonia’s premier Walking Festival. We expect to see another packed 3-day event with 7 walks to choose from each day to suit all ages and abilities; thats 150 miles of glorious walking in the Snowdonia National Park.

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. Full details of the walks programme will be available in February.
Further information: www.trefriwwalkingfestival.co.uk

National Forest Walking Festival - 18 to 30 May 2024

National Forest Walking FestivalThis year will be the 15th festival and will, as previously, include many walks that range from gentle strolls to strenuous rambles including routes for seasoned walkers as well as pushchairs, wheelchairs and family groups. Every walk is graded for difficulty and guided walks are led by an experienced leader with local knowledge. Health walks are suitable for all ages and those recovering from illness and are also led by a trained volunteer.

All the 90 walks within the programme can be found throughout the 200 square miles of forest area across Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Leicestershire.
Further Information www.thenationalforestwalkingfestival.org.uk

Prestatyn and Clwydian Range Festival - 24 to 26 May 2024

Prestatyn Walkinf FestivalThis festival, now in its 17th year, will be again offering 3 days of walking and activities that will provide you with the opportunity to explore, learn more and enjoy the unique surroundings that Prestatyn and Clwydian Range AONB has to offer. The area is a wonderful base for walking enthusiasts. Prestatyn was the first town in Wales to be awarded the ‘Walkers are Welcome’ status, so you are assured a friendly visit.

Walks have been planned arranged into four groups according to difficulty, providing walks suitable for all abilities. There will probably be over 20 walks over the three days and some will reflect the areas coast, exploring sections of the Wales Coast Path.
Further information: www.prestatynwalkingfestival.co.uk

Kendal Walking Festival - 25 to 27 May 2024

Kendal Walking FestivalThis year will be the seventh Kendal festival, and it is returning to the organisers favoured weekend in May which usually provides beautiful spring weather. This is the time the local landscapes are at their most picturesque. An added advantage of a May Festival is that we avoid the rush and crush of the Lake District during the peak holiday season.

Explore this wonderful town with its roots embedded so deeply in the landscape that surrounds it. Choose from a selection of guided walks on offer in the idyllic Lakeland countryside and enjoy this historic Kendal. The festival has something for everyone regardless of his or her walking capabilities. Kendal makes a superb base for those who enjoy walking. Surrounded by beautiful scenery it offers a wide variety of walking experiences.
Further information: https://www.kendalwalkingfestival.co.uk/

North York Moors National Park Walkfest - 25 to 27 May 2024

North York Moors credit Visit Britain/Gary WalshThe North York Moors National Park is a special place of great beauty and tranquillity. This year we are thrilled to offer you the opportunity to walk the whole of the Cleveland Way National Trail starting with our WalkFest. Our walks are relaxed and friendly and are led by our knowledgeable and dedicated volunteers. Booking is essential.
Further information: www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/events

Malvern Hills Walking Festival - 25 May to 2 June 2024

Malvern Hills Walking Festival The large selection of 60 - 70 walks comprise a mix of day, morning, afternoon and evening walks; varying degrees of difficulty from gentle to strenuous; and a range of themes, from heritage, farming, music and Elgar, history, art, geology, nature, trees and gardens. Add to that, the fact that the Malvern Hills are in an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty and it’s not surprising the Festival is so popular.

The joy of these walks is that as well as the walking, and the scenery, and the fresh air, transport is included. Dedicated coach transport takes walkers to that day’s starting point each morning and returns to Malvern each evening.

Booking will be open from beginning of January and places fill quickly, so book early if you wish to visit this festival.
Further information: www.malvernwalking.uk

Guernsey Spring Walking Festival - 25 May to 9 June 2024

Guernsey Walking FestivalA fantastic range of over 50 guided walks, all led by Gold or Silver Accredited Guides. There are walking tours every morning, afternoon and some evenings. Explore the Island’s most beautiful and intriguing spots. Learn more about its fascinating heritage, local culture, hidden gems and much more. Whether you want to explore the countryside, coastal routes or the charming town centre, you’ll be able to choose from relaxing strolls, challenging rambles and everything in between. Prices start at £6 per person.
Further Information: https://www.visitguernsey.com/see-and-do/events-festivals/spring-walking-festival/

Wrexham Walking Festival - 1 to 9 June 2024

Wrexham Walking FestivalThe annual Wrexham Walking Festival returns this year and consists of nine days of walks celebrating the history and beauty of Northeast Wales. There are 22 walks planned of varying length and difficulty within the county borough of Wrexham and surrounding area.  All the walks are led by trained volunteers. They are free-of-charge and with the exception of two, there is no need to book in advance.
Further Information: www.walksinwrexham.com

Moray Walking and Outdoor Festival - 14 to 24 June 2024

Moray Walking FestivalFrom the foothills of the Cairngorms to Moray’s award winning coastline, let the Moray Walking and Outdoor Festival take you on an adventure. Enjoy long Midsummer days exploring Moray’s world renowned golden coasts, hills and forests full of hidden fauna and flora, whisky coloured rivers and towns with stories to tell and culture to experience. There’s something for everyone; guided walks, talks and events alongside outdoor activities and walking challenges.
Further Information: https://www.moraywalkoutdoorfest.co.uk/

Quantock Hills Walking Festival - 14 to 16 June 2024

Quantock Hills Walking FestivalStowey Walking, the Walkers are Welcome steering group for Nether Stowey and Over Stowey, are proud to announce the launch of their sixth walking festival this summer in and around the Quantock Hills and West Somerset coast. There will be a variety of walks from high level hikes to forest rambles, with something to suit everyone.

Many of the walks will have a theme with local experts leading each walk who will be able to share their knowledge of the local area. There will also be a thirty-nine mile ‘challenge walk’ over three days, from Chard in South Somerset, the county’s highest town, across the Quantock ridge to Kilve on the Bristol Channel Coast. All walks will start and finish in the village of Nether Stowey with transport to starting points outside of the village. Weekend walks will end with tea and home-made cakes at St Mary’s Church Centre in Nether Stowey.
Further information: https://www.stoweywalking.co.uk/walking-festival-tickets

Otley Walking Festival - 22 to 30 June 2024

Otley Walking FestivalOtley Walking Festival is back again and the programme’s looking good. With around 40 walks and events over the nine days of Otley Walking Festival, there really is something for everyone. Catering for all abilities – shorter town-based walks, meadows and field paths, strenuous moor land hikes, entertaining evening events, including old favourites and new themed walks. Otley Walking Festival showcases the historic market town and the wonderful variety of Wharfedale countryside Otley is so fortunate to have on its doorstep. A warm welcome from walk leaders, meeting friendly folk, enjoying the great outdoors – what’s not to like!
Further information: www.otleywalkingfestival.co.uk

Corwen Walking Festival - 31 August 2024

Corwen Walking FestivalCorwen is a wonderful base for walking enthusiasts and a fantastic venue for a walking festival which offers walks from the town that suit all levels of walking. From walks around Corwen itself, finding out about the history of the town, to a high level ridge walk along the Berwyn reaching over 800 metres in height, the Corwen Walking Festival has it all. There are guided walks and you have the choice of a full day walk or, with some of the shorter walks, doing one in the morning and another in the afternoon. There are also some evening walks and skills lectures, along with evening entertainment in town.

The area around Corwen is in the Clwydian and Dee Valley 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' and even from the main car park in the heart of Corwen you can see why. Just look up and you will see Caer Drewyn hillfort looking down over the town. Corwen is situated on the A5, at one end of the magnificent and majestic Dee Valley.
Further information: www.corwenwalkingfestival.co.uk

Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival - 3 to 8 September 2024

Vale of Glamorgan Walking FestivalAlso known as the "Friendly Festival" this event is set in the coastal and pastoral landscapes of the Vale of Glamorgan and its historic towns and villages, at the most southerly tip of Wales. Enjoy one or more of 30 varied walks of 2 to 14 miles and those featuring local history and geology or a little relaxation with an evening mindfulness stroll.
Further information: www.valeofglamorganwalkingfestival.org.uk

Gower Walking Festival - 7 to 15 September 2024

Gower Walking FestivalIn this small pocket of south west Wales, measuring just 19 miles long and covering over 70 square miles, Gower has an abundant rich variety of landscape, flora, fauna and a cultural heritage too. The size and terrain makes this one of the most accessible areas to walk for all, and the festival offers everyone the opportunity to try something new, revisit a much loved haunt, or simply stroll along the water’s edge.

All Gower Walking Festival walks are guided by people who know about and love Gower and who will share their expertise during the walks. Previously there were walks about castles, churches, industry. Walks for wheels, for dogs, for poets and photographers.
Further information: https://gowerwalkingfestival.uk

Bedfordshire Walking Festival - 7 to 15 September 2024

Bedfordshire Walking Festival There will be 6 or 7 walks for almost every ability level ranging from short ambles, through ever popular morning walks and an all day longer walk. Previous years have included 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.

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: http://www.lbramblers.org.uk/bfaw.php

Bathscape Walking Festival - 7 to 22 September 2024

Bathscape Walking FestivalDiscover Bath as the perfect walking destination. The nearby countryside provides beautiful rural walks within easy reach of the city centre. The festival usually features over 60 free walks. Short and accessible walks in the city centre, covering diverse topics from architecture to social history. And a range of longer walks throughout the surrounding countryside. It finishes with the Julian House Circuit of Bath 20-mile challenge, with spectacular views of Bath from every angle.
Further information: www.bathscapewalkingfestival.co.uk/

Barmouth Walking Festival - 14 to 23 September 2024

Barmouth Walking FestivalThe sea and the mountains coupled with the historic town of Barmouth provide the perfect backdrop for this event which covers a full spectrum of walks. The less explored slopes of Southern Snowdonia allow a challenging walk programme. These walks are favoured by discerning fit walkers who appreciate the less crowded area and the opportunity to explore with experienced local leaders.

A less strenuous programme has similar advantages but features mainly walks with less ascent while still providing a wonderful opportunity to experience the scenic mountains. There are also coastal walks taking advantage of the Wales Coast Path and the Cambrian Coast rail line as well as local buses. The festival also includes a selection of special interest walks plus a full evening programme.
Further information: www.barmouthwalkingfestival.co.uk

Walk East Yorkshire Festival - 14 to 22 September 2024

East Yorkshire Walking FestivalCelebrate the ‘Great Outdoors’ with a packed programme of activities at the annual Walking East Yorkshire Festival. Whether a walker, cyclist, horse rider, nature lover or history enthusiast, the festival showcases a plethora of activities over fourteen days which appeal to families, casual walkers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
The festival shines a spotlight not only on the rolling landscape, curvy roads and stick trees which inspired one of Britain’s most iconic artists David Hockney to paint his colourful tribute to the Yorkshire Wolds. Popular year-on-year events include history tours of our pretty market towns, long-distance treks, Nordic walking, canal boat rides, wildlife experiences, seabird cruises, vineyard tours, brewery visits, ghost walks, and lighthouse tours,
Further Information: www.walkingeastyorkshirefestival.co.uk

Richmond Walking/Book Festival - 20 to 29 September 2024

Richmond Walking FestivalThis festival provides the opportunity for a fantastic break; combining day time walks led by knowledgeable guides, with evening talks from popular and emerging authors. You create your own programme; do as little or as much of either or both.  The Festival is centred in the lively and picturesque market town of Richmond which boasts everything you need to ensure a wonderful day or longer stay, whether a solo traveller or a group of friends

The programme features walks of varying length which take us out into some of the most stunning scenery England has to offer in the Yorkshire Dales and less well visited areas around Richmond.  There are also shorter town based walks of local interest and a programme of health walks. With at least 3 walks per day to choose from you will be spoilt for choice.
Further information at: http://www.booksandboots.org/

Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival 27 to 29 September 2024

Ross on Wye Walking FestivalThere are 28 varied walks being planned for this Festival offering the chance to explore this beautiful area. Some walks include additional activities such as a ride on a steam train, a lunch cruise on the river Wye or a sumptuous farmhouse cream tea.
The town of Ross-on-Wye has a splendid setting within the Wye Valley National Landscape overlooking the river and dominated by the beautiful slender spire of St Mary’s church.  Ross is an ideal location for walking with plenty of local accessible paths and, used as a base, it is within easy reach of the Malvern Hills, the lower Wye valley, the Forest of Dean and even the Black Mountains of Wales.
Further Information:   https://walkinginross.co.uk/festival/programme/


Unconfirmed for 2024

Gillingham Walking Festival - Completed for 2023

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.
Further information: http://gillwalkersarewelcome.btck.co.uk

YHA Walking Festival - Completed for 2023

YHA Walking FestivalThe YHA’s Festival of Walking features a range of mostly circular social walks from YHA hostels across England and Wales. They are all led by experienced guides, many from partners at the BMC and Ramblers, and although you have to register in advance, they are completely FREE to join. What’s more, you get a free cuppa and cake at the end of the walk, and you can also get 20% of the cost of overnight accommodation at the hostel if you decide to stay overnight.

The walks include popular outings along Hadrian’s Wall, the North Yorkshire coast and at locations in the Lake District, through to more specialist taster events in Nordic walking and navigation, as well as an accessibility and sensory social walk. Lots more walks are set to be added in the run up to the festival. Further information yha.org.uk/festival-of-walking

High Weald Walking Festival - Completed for 2023

High Weald Walking FestivalChoose from a mix of 'turn up on the day' walks and bookable walks ranging from 1.5 to 13 miles in length. Step back in time and journey through ancient woodlands, winding lanes, country parks and great estates. From stargazing to nature spotting to local history, there's something for all ages and abilities - including accessible routes.

Highlights include a British Pilgrimage Trust guided Pilgrimage Walk from Icklesham to Rye, a journey of many landscapes, and Broadwater Warren to Eridge Rocks Wildlife Walk with RSPB wardens, a fascinating circular walk exploring the ancient woodland and heathland.

There are also numerous local walks around the much-loved paths of the Ashdown Forest, including a Dark Skies walk, a visit to Winnie the Pooh’s favourite places and an opportunity to see inside Nutley Windmill.
Further Information: http://www.highwealdwalks.org/guided-walks

Harborough District Walking Festival - Completed for 2023

'harborough District Walking FestivalCome and discover an often-overlooked part of England. Harborough District is an area of rolling countryside, ancient pastures and farmland, streams, woodland spinneys and beautiful villages. Canals, battles and buried treasure are all there to be explored – not to mention local characters and ancient customs.
All the walks on offer are led by two experienced guides. Therefore, you not only get to enjoy the lovely countryside, but your walk will be enhanced with fascinating details of the local area and its history.
Further Information: www.harboroughwalks.org

Sidmouth Walking Festival - Completed for 2023

Sidmouth Walking FestivalEast Devon Ramblers are excited to feature the East Devon Way once again as a highlight of their week-long Sidmouth and East Devon Walking Festival. You can walk the entire 40-mile length of the East Devon Way over 5 days. The East Devon Way is a stunning walking trail and offers a remarkable journey through East Devon's picturesque landscape, showcasing its natural beauty and rich heritage off the beaten track. The well-established route spans 40 miles, meandering through enchanting woodlands, heathlands, rolling hills and valleys, and coastal paths.

In addition to the East Devon Way, the festival offers a range of 19 guided walks for all interests and fitness levels, from leisurely strolls to challenging hikes, and special interest walks led by expert guides, including an inclusive walk suitable for mobility scooters and wheelchairs, a storytelling walk with local author Janet Dowling, and a heritage trail led by former Ottery mayor Roger Giles.

Somerset Coast Festival - Completed for 2023

Somerset Coast FestivalThis Festival is a celebration of the unique and diverse Somerset coastline bringing together walking, music, the arts, food and flavours, performance and a host of activities that showcase this coast of surprises.

At its heart is a Walking Festival that includes an 80-miles in eight days challenge to walk the entire coast of Somerset, as well as shorter walks that explore everything from the iron ore railway in the Brendon Hills to coastal castles, the wreck of the Nornen and the opportunity to listen to poems inspired by the Somerset coast, while you walk.
Further Information: www.somersetcoastfestival.co.uk

Dursley Walking Festival - Completed for 2023

Dursley Walking FestivalThis festival offers an exciting and immersive experience in the picturesque Cotswold town of Dursley, where you can explore the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding countryside through a variety of captivating walks. Whether you are a seasoned hiker or just starting your walking journey, there is something for everyone. With 30 walks carefully curated to cater to all ages and fitness levels, you are sure to find the perfect adventure that suits your preferences.

Every day of the festival offers a special treat with linear walks. These walks take you on a captivating journey from a point on the compass back to Dursley, allowing you to discover different landscapes and hidden gems along the way. For your convenience a free and dedicated bus service to transport you to the starting point of each linear walk is provided.

The organisers believe in making the joy of walking available to all. That’s why all walks are free of charge. However, due to limited spaces, they kindly ask you to book your spot in advance. This way, we can ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants.
Further Information:www.dursleywelcomeswalkers.org.uk

Scottish Borders Walking Festival - Completed for 2023

Scottish Borders Walking FestivalThe Scottish Borders Walking Festival is the longest established walking festival in Scotland and this year will be based upon Kelso. This years festival will include a full programme of guided countryside walks, special interest free and easy strolls and a varied social events.


Redcar/Cleveland Walking Festival - no festival planned for 2023

Redcar and Cleveland Walkng FestivalThis Walking Festival is an established annual summer event that includes walks for everyone from beginners to the more advanced walker. This year the festival is part of the Cleveland Way 50th Anniversary celebrations. There is a good selection of walks, many of which have been planned with a theme. Walks include: Saltburn Circular, Roseberry Ramble, Kittiwake Walk, Saltburn Beach Nordic walks, Scaling Mill Circular, Mindful Walk, Incredible Insect walk, Nightjar Walk, St Hilda’s Well Circular, Skelton Circular, Cleveland Way and Cleveland Street.

White Cliffs Walking Festival - cancelled 2023

White Cliffs Walking FestivalThis festival is now in its sixth year and is becoming the walking event of the year for the South East of England. Centred on the historic towns of Dover, Deal and Sandwich, this week long festival, run by the local Ramblers group, features over 40 walks ranging in length from 1 to 32 miles.

The event attracts over a thousand happy walkers each year from UK and worldwide visiting this historical area. Walks for all abilities and interests, including family walks, historical walks, wildlife walks, smugglers walk, challenging walks and a three-day trekking walk.

Whatever your walking ability or interest, this event offers walks that will tempt you out to discover beautiful coastal and nearby countryside. Bring the children and join the smugglers walk or immerse yourself walking among the fascinating military fortifications. A few special guided walks cost a modest £2. A voluntary contribution is appreciated for all other walks.

Wales Valleys Walking Festival - cancelled 2023

Wales Valleys Walking FestivalIf you like walking, then the South Wales Valleys are definitely for you. The festival organisers say they can’t guarantee the weather, but are sure you’ll have a wonderful time with the walk guides; listening to their fascinating facts or simply taking in a stunning view or two.
There are currently 16 walks planned and more may be added. All walks have been graded to help you pick the ones that suit your interests and ability. As the walks are through the Valleys’ magnificent countryside they may involve the odd hill or two, so please make sure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Stonehouse Walking Festival

Stonehouse walking festivalThe Stonehouse Walking Festival includes a wide variety of walks for all abilities. This includes day hikes for fitter walkers through to walks suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. All the walks are free guided group walks.

There are some very interesting, themed walks including: Trees, Sustainable Stonehouse, Bird Ringing Demo, History, Stonehouse in Bloom, Family Friendly Walk, Dusk Wildlife.
So come along and find more about Stonehouse and its beautiful surroundings.
contact Carol Kambites on 07816 552171

Kington Walking Festival

Kington Spring walking WeekendThe Kington Walking Festival returns this year with 29 led walks from two to fifteen miles in length and covering such diverse topics as local history, geomorphology, photography, bird watching, art and local gardens as well as our popular Eight Peaks Challenge. The festival is also celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Offa’s Dyke national trail and the 100th anniversary of Alfred Watkins theory of Ley Lines. There are also several evening events for your entertainment.

Sheffield Walking Festival

Sheffield Walking FestivalThe Sheffield Walking Festival is run in collaboration with Heritage Open Days and this year features 27 walks over ten days, ranging from short urban history and heritage strolls led by experts, through intermediate walks within the rural suburbs, to longer and more challenging routes across the wild moors and beautiful countryside of the Peak National Park. The ‘Sheffield Round Walk’ is included in the programme. All walks are FREE to attend and can be reached by car or public transport from the city centre.

Millennium Way Walking Festival - no festival planned for 2023

Millennium Way Walking FestivalThe Millennium Way team from 41 Club, in association with Worcestershire County Council, is organising its first 4-day Walking Festival. This will feature 8 fabulous circular walks through the lovely Worcestershire countryside, one each morning and one each afternoon. You can preview the routes from the Millennium Way website home page (see below). The walks are between 3 and 8 miles in length. There is also a walk specially set up on Sunday afternoon for the less able, which is known as the Easy Access Walk. This is for cross country wheelchairs and those with physical restrictions.

South East Cornwall Walking Festival

South East Cornwall Walking FestivalOnce again this wonderful bit of Cornwall is ready to be explored by anybody happy to leave the car and take to the paths and tracks. There should be a walk for you, be it a family walk looking at the history of smuggling in the area or a six mile walk across country through verdant valleys. The organisers have provided a varied and interesting selection of walks in previous years and we would expect a similar programme this year.

South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival - no festival planned for 2023

South Pennines Walk and Ride FestivalThe festival is the perfect opportunity to explore the wild and wonderful South Pennines landscape, its heather-covered moors, steep-sided valleys, canals, reservoirs and packhorse trails. Spanning the Yorkshire Lancashire border this area has a fascinating history, offering everything from Neolithic stone carvings to world-changing industrial heritage; and many hidden gems. As in previous years there is a wide choice of events including walks, cycling, horse riding and skills activities.
Further Information at: http://www.walkandridefestival.co.uk/index.php

Wellington Walking Festival

Wellington Walking FestivalWellington is a ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town in the Wrekin Forest area of lovely Shropshire. This year the festival is offering 29 walks on a range of themes and distances to offer something of interest to most walkers. Included is the Telford T50 50-mile trail to be completed in six stages over the course of the festival. The walks are free, but in most cases you must book by email.

Purbeck Walking Festival

Purbeck Walking FestivalThe beautiful Isle of Purbeck is a walker’s paradise. From coast to country, the variety is unsurpassed. Purbeck offers something for everyone and the walks have been designed to show as much of the area as possible. Some include a pub lunch in a typical Dorset village and others a ride home on the steam train.

The area is steeped in Dorset history, the Civil War ruin of Corfe Castle, the evacuated village at Tyneham and, of course, the unique geology of the area. All walks are led by local experts. This year there are two walks with a ‘War’ theme commemorating both World Wars, walks exploring quarrying, shipwrecks, wildlife, ancient civilisation, fossils, literature, art, photography and local history. Really a walk for everyone

Blairgowrie Walking Festival - no festival planned for 2023

Blairgowrie Walking FestivalThis established festival is really designed for serious and experienced hill walkers. Each walk is linear and the organisers provide minibus transport from the event meeting area in Blairgowrie Wellmeadow. The linear walks make interesting and challenging trips that are not easy to do without multiple car journeys. Once again the organisers have managed to find a range of new walks, from an extended high level trek visiting the peaks of Lochnager, to interesting sections of the Cateran Trail.  From extremely strenuous through to moderate there are walks for most people. All walks are led by qualified guides.
Further information: www.walkingfestival.org

Autumn Footprints Walking Festival

Autumn Footprints Walking FestivalThe Autumn Footprints Amber Valley and Erewash Walking Festival offers a range of 42 guided walks over 16 days. The festival has proved to be very popular with both inexperienced and experienced walkers. The walks, led by volunteers and staff from over 20 organisations, will take place in Amber Valley and Erewash. These two areas are well known for their natural beauty, superb scenery, industrial heritage and attractive towns and villages.

All the walks are free of charge, and will take place in areas of local heritage and natural history interest, taking walkers alongside rivers and canals as well as through towns and villages. The walks are of varying lengths and gradient, ranging in length from one mile to ten miles, offering something for everyone no matter what their interests or abilities. They are all led by knowledgeable local people who are enthusiastic to show off their local patch.


South Lincolnshire Walking Festival

South Lincolnshire Walking FestivalFollowing the success of the 2017 festival when over 1,000 walkers enjoyed the delights of the Lincolnshire countryside this year there are on offer 61 walks of various distances and for all abilities.

From the Lincoln Edge in the west to the Fenlands of the east South Lincolnshire has an extremely varied landscape that has witnessed Bronze Age burials, Iron Age mints, roman forts, the Knights Templar, castles and abbeys. But the festival isn’t only for history lovers! Whether you want to roam with Ramblers, have an adventure with your kids, get snapping on a photography foray or take your pooch out for a guided ‘walkies’, there’s something for everyone. The walks will take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Further Information at: https://southlincswalking.com/

Cowalfest Walking Festival

Cowalfest Walking FestivalThe CowalFest Argyll 2018 Festival is your eight-day passport to walks and events around the beautiful and fascinating Cowal Peninsula. Leave the crowds behind. Enjoy peace and tranquillity amongst lochs, glens and mountains only 90 minutes away from Glasgow.

This well established, annual walking and outdoor Festival is one of the largest and most varied in Scotland. Led by experienced and knowledgeable guides, and offering rewarding and interesting walks and events catering for all ages and abilities. In addition, there are walk/talks covering a variety of interests, such as bird watching, heritage, geology, photography, and guided tours of Benmore Botanical Gardens.
For further information and booking visit www.cowalfest.org

New Forest Walking Festival

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.

The festival will boast dozens of guided walks led by knowledgeable local experts to help you discover more about the history, heritage and wildlife of the Forest.

Frome Walking Festival

Frome Walking FestivalFrome’s Walkers Are Welcome team and Frome Town Council have worked together to create a diverse programme of walks, covering Frome’s history in conflict and in peace, majestic trees, pubs and much more. The Walking Festival boasts multiple guided walks, a host of self-guided walks and trails and activities for young and old alike.

The beautiful countryside around Frome is explored, in “Tree Walk” and “Orchardleigh” plus in plenty of self-guided routes available to download online. Those with an itch for history will be catered to by walks including a tour through Frome’s most rebellious townsfolk and controversial actions in “Foul Frome”, a two-part history of Frome’s penchant for non-conforming, through its religious history in “Religious Buildings”, and a retelling of Saxon influence in both “Saxon King Way” and “Saxon Frome”. Furthermore, families will be catered for with the return of the “Buggy Walk” and the Hayden the Hedgehog walking trail, following the stories of our animal friends, to be completed at everyone’s leisure.

Further information to https://www.discoverfrome.co.uk/frome-walking-festival/

Llangollen Walking Festival - Cancelled for 2022

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.

Previous 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.

Henley Walking Festival - Cancelled for 2023

Henley Walking FestivalHenley-on-Thames is organising it’s 2nd Walking Festival this year. Located in one of the most beautiful areas in the country, nestled in the Chiltern Hills on one side and the beautiful Thames on the other. There will be short and long walks on offer. Henley is a bustling ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town with many places to eat and drink and many shops including two outdoor shops, and a great choice of places to stay.

Walk Islay Festival - Cancelled

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 2020 walks programme will be published at the end of January.
Further information visit http://www.islayjura.com/view-details.php?id=535

Walk the Chalk Festival - Cancelled

Walk the Chalk Festival, Kent DownsThis is a new festival for 2018 which is a heritage lottery funded project intended to encourage people to access the beautiful Kent Downs. The festival will offer a mix of guided and self-guided walks. The event website given below currently just has self-guided walks listed, but will soon have more events as the organisers get partners on board.

The festival area sits within Kent’s Garden of England and extends from Kemsing Down up to Cobham and across to Detling Hill and covers approximately 10,000 hectares in total. The area includes chalk hills which are the remains of the rim of the Wealden anticline which were created 65 million years ago. The landform is dominated by the North Downs escarpment and encompasses long dry valleys which extend along the dip slope to meet the River Medway, responsible for the deep trenches through the chalk hills.
Further information: http://www.oldchalknewdowns.org.uk/action

Somer Valley Walking Festival

Somer Valley Walking FestivalA warm welcome awaits you at the 6th Somer Valley Walking Festival. The aim is to encourage visitors and locals to explore the unique beauty and heritage of the Somer Valley, situated in the foothills of Bath. A variety of walks to suit all levels of experience and fitness, hosted by knowledgeable local guides. New for 2022 are taster sessions of Nordic Walking. Morning, afternoon, and day long walks.
Further information:

Mendip Ramblers Festival - not confirmed for 2023

Mendip Ramblers Walking FestivalThis Ramblers Walking Festival will be based in the Somerset village of Stratton-on- the-Fosse, which straddles the Fosse Way, an ancient Roman Road which linked the cities of Lincoln and Exeter. The countryside in this area is varied, with opportunities for quite gentle walks as well as demanding walks. This is a free festival, no booking required!

On each of the 3 days there will be three morning walks, approximately 5/7/10 miles in length starting at 10.30am. The afternoon family walk of 3/4 miles starts at 1.30 pm. Walks include at least one stop for food/drink. All walkers are welcome! Tea and Cake at the end of each walk.
Further information: www.mendipramblers.co.uk

Chilterns Walking Festival - cancelled

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: on Facebook at ChilternsWalkingFestival/

Rutland Walking and Cycling Festival - Cancelled

Rutland Walking FestivalThis festival is aimed at promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. It’s a perfect opportunity to meet new people with similar interests, explore different areas across the historic county, whilst witnessing the breath taking views of the countryside.

The first week includes a complete circuit of the ‘Rutland Round’ covering 65 miles over 7 days. This long distance path follows the county boundary, occasionally delving in to see beautiful market towns and Rutland Water. You can take part just for one day or the whole week. The second week includes a good selection of shorter walks with options suitable for everyone.

Angus Glens Walking Festival - Cancelled

Angus Glens Walking FestivalThe beautiful Angus Glens and surrounding countryside hosts the Angus Glens Walking Festival. Previously there have been 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.

Galashiels Walking Festival - completed for 2023

Galashiels Walking FestivalGalashiels is a small town in the centre of the scenic Scottish Borders. It can be reached by train from Edinburgh Waverley or bus from Edinburgh or Carlisle. The festival organisers will welcome anyone who would like to explore this area in the company of knowledgeable local walkers and look forward to meeting long-time friends and fellow walkers as well as making new acquaintances.

Seven walks have been arranged over the three days. Full details of the walks are given on the festival website.
Further information: galashielswalkingfestivals.com

Coleford Area Walking Festival - Completed for 2023

Coleford Area Walking FestivalThe Coleford Area Walking Festival returns this May offering walks in and around Coleford in the beautiful Forest of Dean. The Coleford area abounds in natural beauty, intriguing history and is a playground for outdoor pursuits and is an ideal base for a walking festival. Coleford Area Walking Festival has been a collaborative project led by Coleford Area Partnership and Coleford Town Council.

Walks to suit families, dog walkers, heritage lovers, wildlife fans, the serious or occasional rambler. There are 23 walks planned over the nine days of the festival.
Further Information: www.colefordareawalkingfestival.co.uk

Chesterfield Area Walking Festival - Completed for 2023

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 previous events 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.
Further information: www.chesterfieldwalkingfestival.co.uk

Elham Valley Walking Festival -Completed for 2023

Elham Valley Walking FestivalSet in the beautiful Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the 13 planned walks range in distance from one to twenty-three miles and include visits to vineyards, exquisite gardens, charming villages, special woodlands, a fun walk for children and the challenging Elham Valley Way. Enjoy the landscape and learn about its history at this weekend festival.

Amble along peaceful footpaths nestled between hedgerows, woodland and a patchwork of fields revealing the quintessentially Kentish views of this beautiful landscape, then join the festival social event for a drink and refreshments.
Further information: www.elhamvalleywalkers.co.uk

Llanelli Walking Festival - Completed for 2023

Llanelli Walking FestivalLlanelli Ramblers organise and host the annual Llanelli Festival of Walks which is a Spring Bank Holiday event that has attracted hundreds of visitors to the town since its beginnings in 1995 and has established Llanelli as a popular centre for walking. The Festival of Walks is open to all, old and young, non-members and members alike.

There is a choice of 5 walks to suit all ages and abilities, White Sands to St David's, Caerfai to St David's, Carew Castle, Narberth, and Llandeilo, Dinefwr Castle and Newton House.
Further information: www.llanelliramblers.org.uk/festival/

North Wessex Downs Walking Festival - Completed for 2023

North Wessex Downs Walking FestivalWith 28 walks on offer across the length and breadth of the North Wessex Downs the 2022 festival was a celebration of the stunning landscapes and top-class walking country that the AONB has to offer and the 50th Anniversary of its designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The North Wessex Downs straddles four counties: Wiltshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, and Oxfordshire. It is a landscape steeped in history with such gems as the Avebury stone circles and the Ridgeway National Trail as well as being rich in wildlife and renowned for its precious chalk downland.

During the festival there are opportunities for you to seek out wildlife, history, or culture, visit a farm, follow an accessible trail, picnic with the family, improve your navigation skills or simply to soak up the views from the top of the downs. Join knowledgeable and welcoming guides to discover more as they bring alive some of their favourite places in the North Wessex Downs. They look forward to seeing you!
Further Information: https://www.northwessexdowns.org.uk/walking/walking-festival/

Corsham Walking Festival - Completed for 2023

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.
Further information: www.corshamwalkingfestival.org.uk

Herefordshire Walking Festival - No Festival Planned for 2024

Herefordshire Walking FestivalThis festival offers nine days of glorious summer walking with 50 walks to choose from. A wide variety for all to enjoy, old favourites & new ideas. A special highlight this year will be walks on the newly established Golden Valley Pilgrim Way. What better way to explore the delights of Herefordshire than in the care and comfort of friends?
Herefordshire is fortunate to be surrounded by magnificent scenery - the Wye Valley AONB, The Offas Dyke, Malvern Hills AONB, Brecon Beacons National Park, Mortimer Forest and numerous Nature Reserves dotted all over the county
Further Information: www.herefordshirewalkingfestival.co.uk

Guildford Walkfest - Completed for 2023

Guildford Walking FestivalThis well-established festival will again have a selection of walks spread over the month of September. The walks will offer a range for all abilities including short strolls for beginners, historic walks, wildlife and countryside walks, and full day, 18 mile walk.

Guildford's attractions and beautiful countryside including the surrey Hills AONB make it an ideal location for walking.  Guildford has got it all, it is in the most tree-covered county in the UK, and it has historic buildings, fascinating trails, the beautiful river and perhaps the jewel, the town centre with the High Street and Guildhall. Local groups supply the walks.
Further information at: https://www.guildfordwalkfest.co.uk/

Crickhowell Walking Festival - Completed for 2024

Crickhowell Walking FestivalThe festival team are planning a great week of walks and events. There is an exciting programme of 81 walks from 2 to 17 miles at all levels and difficulty with something to suit everyone, 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 includes some new challenges mixed with old fvourites and fresh special interest walks. All the walks are led by experienced local guides. As usual there will be a programme of evening events. Further information at: www.crickhowellfestival.com

Chepstow Walking Festival - Completed forl 2024

Chepstow Walking Festival Chepstow is accredited as a Walkers are Welcome town and a beautiful location for walking. The Chepstow festival offers the walker an extensive programme of guided and self-guided walks in the beautiful Lower Wye Valley and beyond discovering it's hidden and not so hidden gems. The walks will suit most abilities and the organisers aim is to have fun and enjoy the great outdoors with like-minded people.
Further information on both events: https://www.walksinchepstow.co.uk/







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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
Autumn Footprints
Barmouth Festival
Bathscape Festival
Bedfordshire Festival
Bingley Festival
Bishops Castle Festival
Blairgowrie Festival
Chepstow Festival
Chesterfield Area
Chilterns Festival
Coleford Festival
Corsham Festival
Corwen Festival
Cowalfest Festival
Crickhowell Festival
Crieff and Strathearn
Dorchester Festival
Dursley Festival
East Yorkshire
Elham Valley Festival
Frome Festival
Galashiels Festival
Gillingham Festival
Gower Festival
Guernsey Festival
Guildford Walkfest
Haltwhistle Festival
Harborough Festival
Hay on Wye Festival
Henley Festival
Hereford 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
Mendip Ramblers
Millennium Way
Mole Valley Surrey
Monmouth Festival
Moray Festival
National Forest
New Forest Festival
North Wessex Downs
Otley Festival
Prestatyn Festival
Purbeck Festival
Quantock Hills
Richmond Festival
Redcar and Cleveland
Ross-on-Wye Festival
Rutland Festival
Scottish Borders
Settle Carlisle Festival
Sheffield Festival
Sidmouth Festival
Somer Valley Bath
South East Cornwall
South Lincolnshire
Stafford Festival
Stonehouse Festival
Suffolk Festival
Talgarth Festival
Torridon Festival
Trefriw Festival
Vale of Glamorgan
Wales Valleys
Walk the Chalk Kent
White Cliffs Festival
Winchcombe Festival
Wrexham Festival
YHA Festival
Yorkshire Dales