Do you love to walk – but would like to find new places to hike or take your walker to a more challenging level? Perhaps you’re keen to meet new people – and to find walking buddies for future walking outings. Or you might be new to walking and you’re keen to pick up a few tips and ideas about fantastic places to walk. If so, then a walking festival could be just the ticket.
Across the UK the number of walking festivals is growing, and many festivals have expanded their walks programmes to meet demand.
Why go to a walking festival?
Walking festivals offer the chance to :
- See a new part of the country
- Follow new walking routes
- Be guided by an experienced and knowledgeable guide
- Push your walking ambitions further and higher
- Learn about navigation
- Meet new and like-minded people
- Find out about the history, geology and wildlife during a walk
- Become fitter and more active
Walking festivals to suit all tastes
There are so many different types of walking festivals, from small-scale walking festivals in out-of-the-way places to walking festivals near your home. From walking festivals that major on walking to other festivals that include themes such as wildlife, culture, food, history and arts. There are big walking festivals and smaller festivals.
Guide to walking festivals in the UK
Walking festivals take place all-year-round and here we bring you the festivals taking place this summer and into autumn. Today we’ll cover England and Wales, and the next blog will be Scottish walking festivals.
Stalham with Happing Festival
June 2 to September 30
What: Eight “water to land” walks will make the most of the Norfolk Broads and coastline. There will be knowledgeable walk leaders offering historical info along the route.
Pendle Walking Festival
Where: Pendle, Lancashire.
When: Sept 1 to 9
What: Free guided walks every day to suit walkers of all abilities, ranging from easy canalside walks to hard excursions on open access land. Many walks will take in the area’s fascinating past, including the Pendle Witches Trail, the Colne Ghosts, Heroes & Villians tour and Beating the Bounds walks, around Barnoldswick and Foulridge’s ancient boundaries.
Black Sheep Boots and Beer Walking Festival
Where: Yorkshire Dales
When: Sept 7 to 9
What: The 11th Boots and Beer Walking Festival offers a unique programme of great walks in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, new evening entertainment and lots of award-winning ales.
Bridgend Love to Walk Festival
Where: Bridgend Valley
When: Sept 20 to Oct 7
What: Forty great walks to choose from and a wealth of heritage and historical interest to boot!
Hay Walking Festival
Where: Hay-on-Wye and the Brecon Beacons
When: Oct 11 to 15
What: This is the second Hay Walking Festival and offers 55 walks in stunning landscape.
Snowdonia Walking Festival
Where: Snowdonia, Wales
When: Oct 12 to 14
What: 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. This is therefore a natural base for a walking festival.
The Fal River Autumn Walking Festival
When: October 19 to November 4
What: Encompassing the very best of what the Fal River has to offer, the walks will encounter historical points of interest, meander along coast paths, pass through areas of outstanding natural beauty and world heritage sites.
Isle of Wight Walking Festival Weekend
Where: Isle of Wight
When Oct 26 to 29
What: 60 walks to choose from to suit a range of ages and abilities on this wonderful island.