It’s been a week since part 1 here of the walking festival series, but not for a lack of inspiration. We’re slammed and it’s a good problem to have, but I promised you awesome ideas, so let’s get back to it!
Here we bring you more walking festivals to enjoy in Scotland.
Scottish Borders Walking Festival
Where: Eyemouth, Borders
When: September 1 to 9
What: Eyemouth and the surrounding towns are home to stunning coastal walks, as well as an abundance of local history. Lots of walks for all abilities at this popular festival.
Blairgowrie and East Perthshire Walking Festival
Where: Perthshire, Scotland
When: Sept 13 to 16
What: Lots of A to B walks (transport included) to make the most of the wonderful scenery. There will be seven new walks in 2012. All led by an experienced guide.
See: Walking Fest
Moffat Ramblers’ Walking Festival
Where: Moffat, southern Scotland
When: October 5 to 7.
What: Moffat is Scotland’s first “Walkers are Welcome town” and the surrounding Moffat hills offer a haven for walkers of all abilities. The festival will include short and longer walks and something for all.
Cowalfest 2012 Walking and Arts Festival
Where: Cowal Peninsula
When: October 5 to 14
What: Cowalfest offers a wide range of walks with something for all ages and fitness levels. 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, you’ll find something for you.
Crieff and Strathearn’s Drovers’ Tryst Walking Festival
When: October 6 to 13
What: Now in its 11th year, the festival builds on its previous success and popularity by offering a fresh and interesting range of activities for adults and children. Walking is at the heart of the Tryst festival, with a programme of guided walks that has something for everyone. Or try something new, such as geocaching.
So you have been inspired to join a walking festival, or perhaps just one or two walks in a walking festival. Here we bring you a guide to what to wear for a walking festival.
Walking boots: It will depend on the time of year and the length of the walk, but most of all it’s the comfort that’s important. Walking boots should be worn in before you arrive at a festival. In summer, and on lower-level trails, choose a lighterweight boot, while for autumn or winter walking you’ll require a two or three seasons boot. – (see a full range of our walking boots here)
Layers: You need to be prepared for being hot or cold so the layering system is the best approach. Never underestimate how quickly the weather can change in the UK. Start with a thin breathable baselayer and add another thin baselayer. Several thin layers create a warm air trap. A fleece layer could be a good idea in cold weather.
Waterproof jacket: An outer layer that is both windproof and waterproof is vital. The weather is changeable in the UK and you need to be prepared to be battered by rain, wind or even snow.
Extra bits and pieces: Even in summer it’s worth packing a few accessories, such as hats, gloves and thick walking socks to your rucksack. They do not weigh much and they could be a really bonus if the weather changes suddenly. In winter, these are essential walking festival items. Plus you should think about: Water bottles, walking poles, GPS gadgets (if the event allows), map, compass, blister plasters, food, energy giving snacks.