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The joy of walking festivals: Part 1

[ 0 ] 12 September 2012 |

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

Where: Norfolk

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.

See: Stalham with Happing Festival

 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.

Black Sheep Festival

 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!

Bridgend Love to Walk Festival

 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.

Hay Walking Fest

 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.

Snowdonia Walking Festival

 The Fal River Autumn Walking Festival

Where: Cornwall

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.

Fal River Festival

 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.

Isle of Wight Walking Festival Weekend

Category: Walking

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