A year of walking festivals 2013

Posted on 14/12/2012

Britain has a wealth of walking festivals. We have found the following but if you would like to include details of your festival or charity walk do let us know.  Don't forget to download mapping to your ViewRanger app before you leave and if you can't make the date why not research other walks in that area using my.viewranger.com  


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1st March to 30th June 2013 South West Coast Path. The South West Coast Path will be celebrating it’s 40th anniversary in 2013, www.GreatSouthWestWalk.co.uk


1st March - 10th March 2013 Crickhowell Walking Festival. A walking festival with a difference! There are more than 70 guided walks catering for all ages, abilities and interests - the only common element is that they all take place within the stunning landscape of the Brecon Beacons National Park. http://www.crickhowellfestival.com/



3rd April – 7th May 2013 Great South West Walk. The aim is to put 40 years of love back into the coast path. The sponsored walk relay will see walkers from around the world walking the entire length of the path in stages, aiming to raise £250,000 to fund various projects along the path. www.yha.org.uk/special-offer/great-south-west-walk


26th April - 12th May 2013 Peak District Walking and Outdoor Festival. Enjoy more than 100 events and walks on a wide range of themes during the Peak District Walking & Outdoor Festival, including a three day walk along the White to Dark Way – specially devised by Country Walking Magazine to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2012 – and a four-day trek along the scenic Derwent Valley Heritage Way. http://www.visitpeakdistrict.com 


15th April – 20th April 2013 Boscastle Walking Week. A range of walks and activities with local guides in the beautiful coastal village of Boscastle and the surrounding area. www.visitboscastleandtintagel.com


27th April - 6th May 2013 North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival. A walking festival in two halfs - North Devon for the first half of the week, and Exmoor in the last.  Possibly the UKs most scenic walking festival! http://www.exmoorwalkingfestival.co.uk/


27th April - 6th May 2013 Haltwhistle Spring Walking Festival. The Northumberland walking festival returns - and it's bound to be even better as they celebrate thier 10th Birthday and the 21st Walking Festival!  The festival provides the gateway to Hadrian's Wall Country, Northumberland National Park and the North Pennines AONB. http://www.haltwhistlewalkingfestival.org/


27 April - 6 May 2013 Ulverston WalkFest. Set on the fringe of the beautiful Lake District the 14th annual Ulverston walking festival celebrates the town and surrounding area’s rich history. The festival programme will offer walks for all ages and abilities including the Sir John Barrow Amble, a walk in the footsteps of the Quakers, "Walks for Wheels", nature walks and map reading activities. More info: www.facebook.com/UlverstonWalkFest

28th April 2013 Jane Tomlinson Walk for all National Park Challenge. Peak District  http://www.forallevents.co.uk



4th May - 19th May 2013 Isle of Wight Walking Festival. The 15th year of the Festival will have approximately 300 walks to choose from giving a wide range for all ages and abilities. www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk


4th May - 12th May 2013 Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival 2013. The Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival is a free annual event in May. http://www.visitironbridge.co.uk


4 May -  6 May 2013 Talgarth Walking Festival 2013. Celebrate Spring's arrival at Talgarth's first ever Walking Festival. You will have the chance to see castles and mountains, red kites and otters, an ancient hill fort, burial mounds, waterfalls, and a restored watermill. Organised by Talgarth 'Gateway to the Black Mountains' Walkers are Welcome group with support from the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and the Offa's Countryside, Walking with Offa Partnership. http://www.visittalgarth.co.uk/

10th May - 16th May 2013 Newton Stewart Walking Festival. A week of guided walks exploring the wild hills, rugged coastline and rolling countryside of Galloway, South west Scotland. http://www.newtonstewartwalkfest.co.uk


11 May - 2 June 2013 Suffolk Walking Festival. Join us on over 50 walks across Suffolk from Flights of Fancy to Weaving Through Fields of Flax. The Discover Suffolk Challenge Walk will be a 5-day guided walk along the entire coastline of Suffolk.


11 May - 19th May 2013 Chesterfield Area Walking Festival. Enjoy the Chesterfield area on foot, discovering pretty villages, exploring beautiful bluebell woods or treading the Cuckoo Way alongside the ‘Haunted Canal’. http://www.visitpeakdistrict.com


18May - 30 May 2013 National Forest Walking Festival.   http://www.visitpeakdistrict.com


18 May - 2 June 2013 Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival. Supported by the Lincolnshire Ramblers, the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival will feature over 80 walks largely based in the delightful Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Walks are led by knowledgeable and experienced local guides with themed walks and outings for different ability levels on offer during the festival. More info: www.woldswalkingfestival.co.uk

11th May - 18th May 2013 Jersey Spring Walking Week. Experience a feast of food and culture as you see, smell and savour Island life. Stroll along the seaside, through woodland, country lanes and cliff top paths, all in the company of the Island’s most respected and experienced walking guides, and all free of charge. http://jersey.com


12th – 18th May 2013 Isle of Man Walking Festival. The Isle of Man's unique and varied culture is as evident today as it was thousands of years ago.  Walks here will take you on a journey to uncover this amazing history throughout the week whilst you also have plenty of opportunities to sample some of the Island's arts, folklore and cuisine along the way. A full programme of walks including: Raad Ny Foillan and Manx Coastal footpath challenge are available here: http://www.iomevents.com


17th May - 20th May 2013 Isle of Arran Mountain Festival. The Arran Mountain Festival is an exciting four day event of guided walking and scrambling in the Isle of Arran’s hills and mountains.http://www.arranmountainfestival.co.uk/


17th May - 19th May 2013 Winchcombe Welcomes Walkers - Annual Walking Festival http://winchcombewelcomeswalkers.com/festival/index.asp


11th May - 2nd June 2013 South and Heart of Suffolk Walking Festival. The annual South and Heart of Suffolk Walking Festival will build on 2012's festival, where many walkers enjoyed 'walking with words', scary tales and woodland wonders. www.southandheartofsuffolk.org.uk


19th May - 1st June 2013 Rutland Walking Festival. The Rutland Walking Festival offers excellent walking routes throughout the county - especially if you appreciate walks with stunning views and an interesting history. www.discover-rutland.co.uk


1st - 16th June Gower Walking Festival – 71 guided walks and activities over 16 days. Explore the unique landscapes of Gower – dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches, wooded valleys and open moors and marsh. Delve into the history – Celtic Saints, Norman invasion and Copperopolis and taste the local food. Discover a rich wildlife with experts present at the festival. www.gowerwalkingfestival.org


6th June - 9th June 2013 Church Stretton Walking Festival. Walks vary from 5 to 12.5 miles, and cover different terrains, and are led by at least two guides per walk. www.churchstretton.co.uk

20th -24 June 2013 The Moray Walking Festival. From Coast to Mountain, Moray offers a rich variety of landscapes for walkers to enjoy – and we will be packing some of the best walks into our four-day programme of activities for the 2013 Moray Walking Festival. http://www.moraywalkingfestival.co.uk/


3rd - 10th July 2013 Conwy’s Walking Week. http://www.conwy.gov.uk/section.asp?cat=2427&Language=1


13th July Ludlow Challenge Walk. Wherever possible the routes will be on footpaths and bridleways, meandering through beautiful countryside with points of interest along the way. http://www.ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk/event.php?id=1536 



18th August 2013 Yorkshire Dales Walking Festival. Jane Tomlinson Walk for all National Park Challenge http://www.forallevents.co.uk/walk-for-all/events/yorkshire-dales/walk-sponsors/

31st August – 1st September 2013 Corwen Walking Festival 2013. The Corwen Walking Festival will take place on the 31st of August and the 1st of September 2013. Corwen is a fantastic venue for this type of event and is a wonderful base for walking enthusiasts as it offers walks from the town that suit all levels of walking. http://www.eventsnorthwales.co.uk/



1st - 7th September 2013 The Scottish Borders Walking Festival. The Scottish Borders Walking Festival, the oldest established walking festival in Scotland, has a reputation for being one of the friendliest walking festivals of the year. www.borderswalking.com


7th - 19th September 2013 The Welsh Valleys Walking Festival. A great selection of walks in the Welsh Valley.  The 7th annual festival offers a greater number of walks spread over a large geographical area with five new walks, including a long distance one. http://walesvalleyswalkingfestival.wordpress.com/


6th - 9th September 2013 Much Wenlock Walking Weekend. A weekend of walks in the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. http://www.muchwenlockguide.info/news/much-wenlock-walking-weekend.shtml


7th - 22nd September 2013 South Pennines Walk & Ride Festival. The huge festival for 2 legs, 2 wheels and 4 legs across the stunning South Pennines. http://www.walkandridefestival.co.uk/


6th - 8th September 2013 Blairgowrie & East Perthshire Walking Festival. 3 days of different lengths of walks with different grades over this beautiful terrain. www.walkingfestival.org


8th September 2013 Lake District Jane Tomlinson Walk for all National Park Challenge http://www.forallevents.co.uk/walk-for-all/events/yorkshire-dales/walk-sponsors/

15th - 24th September - 2012 dates Barmouth Festival of Walking. 

21st - 29th September 2013 Ullswater Outdoor Festival. A 9 day programme of outdoor activites in and around England's most beautiful lake. http://www.ullswater.com/index.php?page=outdoor-festival


26th - 29th September Pateley Bridge Walking Festival. The 4th annual Pately Bridge Walking Festival. The events programme for the festival will be available on their website. http://www.pbwf.co.uk/


27th - 29th September 2013 Ross on Wye Walking Festival. There's something to suit everyone in the 3 days of the festival. http://www.ross-on-wyewalkersarewelcome.co.uk/Walking%20Festival.html



4th - 13th October 2013 Cowalfest Walking and Arts Festival http://www.cowalfest.org/


12th - 19th October 2013 Drover's Tryst Walking Festival continues to build on its previous success and popularity by offering a fresh and interesting range of activities for adults and children - providing the perfect autumn break www.droverstryst.co.uk


5th - 13th October 2013 Haltwhistle Walking Festival. The autumn Festival offers 19 walks to choose from over 9 days. http://www.haltwhistlewalkingfestival.org/


10th - 14th October 2013 Hay Walking Festival. The 3rd annual walking festival in the Hay area has a programme of over 50 guided walks is planned, for all ages and abilities, from full days to a few hours, together with some walks of special interest such as foraging and geocaching. www.haywalking.org


21st December - 5th January 2014 Ramblers Festival of Winter Walks. Hundreds of walks take place around the country during the festival. All are free, fun and open to anyone and everyone from toddlers to grandparents. Chosen and led by Ramblers volunteers, the walks will showcase Britain at its wintry best. Many of the walks are short and family-friendly, although there are always plenty of yomps for the seasoned hiker too.


Image kindly provided by Jim Storer

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