British Walking Festivals 2018

From family-friendly strolls, informative treks with local experts or a long-distance challenge, there's a walking festival for everyone in Britain in 2018

Select a date, region or both. All events that cover that date will be shown


29January
29/01/18 - 04/02/18

Redcar & Cleveland Walking Festival (North East)

The Redcar and Cleveland Walking Festival is an exciting event that includes walks for everyone from beginners to the more advanced walker. There are two or three walks to choose from each day. Booking (and waterproofs!) essential

redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

29/01/201804/02/2018North East
17February
17/02/18 - 25/02/18

Manchester Winter Walking Festival (North West)

Great walks around Manchester during half terms, including many especially suitable for families.

tfgm.com

17/02/201825/02/2018North West
24February
24/02/18 - 04/03/18

Crickhowell Walking Festival (Wales)

Nine days of guided walks and events in and around Crickhowell and the Black Mountains

crickhowellfestival.com

24/02/201804/03/2018Wales
10March
10/03 - 30/11/18

Mortimer Country Walking Festival (West Midlands)

A Calendar of walking events throughout the year. Check the web page for specific event details

exploremortimercountry.com

10/03/201830/11/2018West Midlands
23March
23/03/18 - 25/03/18

Conwy Walks (Wales)

Free guided walks in this north Wales town. For 2018, there are a number of dates to choose from

cerddedconwywalks.org

23/03/201825/03/2018Wales
30March
30/03/18 - 02/04/18

Boroughbridge Easter Walking Festival (Yorks and Humber)

Visit Boroughbridge in the heart of Yorkshire for walks through time, with routes suitable for all the family.

boroughbridgewalks.org.uk

30/03/201802/04/2018Yorks and Humber
04April
04/04/18 - 08/04/18

Chepstow Walking Festival (Wales)

Chepstow is a true border town and its walking festival has become firmly established on the walker's calendar, each year bringing something new to those who live locally or are visitors to the area. This year is includes a walk in tribute to local writer J K Rowling.

walksinchepstow.co.uk

04/04/201808/04/2018Wales
04April
04/04/18 - 14/04/18

Walk Scilly (South West)

Discover the islands, both inhabited and uninhabited, and enjoy choice of 37 themed walks with expert guides. This year is includes a Dark Skies walk, one based on Michael Morpurgo's writing and a lighthouse keepers lunch

visitislesofscilly.com

04/04/201814/04/2018South West
08April
08/04/18 - 13/04/18

Walk Islay (Scotland )

Walks over six days around Islay, Colonsay and Oronsay, with a different route each day. Take in the beautiful island scenery, from beaches and lochs to mountains and moors with a chance to see eagles, otters, deer, goats and chough.

walkislay.co.uk

08/04/201813/04/2018Scotland
14April

Calderdale Hike (Yorks and Humber)

Single day event open to runners and walkers over 14, there's a choice of a 22 or 40 mile route. It's the 40th anniversary of this well-loved event.

calderdalehike.org.uk

14/04/201814/04/2018Yorks and Humber
15April
15/04/18 - 20/04/18

Boscastle Walking Week (South West)

This week-long festival explores the beautiful coastal village of Boscastle, Cornwall and the surrounding area, including Cornwall's' highest cliff top

boscastlefestival.co.uk

15/04/201820/04/2018South West
17April
17/04/18 - 22/04/18

Aviemore Adventure Festival (Scotland )

annual festival celebrating the best of Outdoor Sport & Adventure culture- held in the heart of the Scottish Highlands: Aviemore.

aviemoreadventure.org

17/04/201822/04/2018Scotland
20April
20/04/18 - 22/04/18

Conwy Walks (Wales)

Free guided walks in this north Wales town. For 2018, there are a number of dates to choose from

cerddedconwywalks.org

20/04/201822/04/2018Wales
20April
20/04 - 29/04/18

Dawlish Walking Festival (South West)

The walks include long rambles as well as short explorations in the beautiful landscapes around Dawlish. There is plenty of opportunity for discovering walks in Dawlish through poetry, drawing, local heritage and meditation. Sponsored by local solicitors, Scott Richards

dawlishtransition.org.uk

20/04/201829/04/2018South West
20April
20/04/18 - 22/04/18

Kington Walks Spring Weekend (West Midlands)

As well as the main event later in the year, this spring walking weekend is a chance to explore this area near the Welsh border.

kingtonwalks.org

20/04/201822/04/2018West Midlands
28April
28/04/18 - 07/05/18

Haltwhistle Spring Walking Festival (North East)

This long running festival, now in its 31st year, has a selection of shorter and longer walks, including one that incorporates a steam train ride

haltwhistlewalkingfestival.org

28/04/201807/05/2018North East
28April
28/04/18 - 07/05/18

Haltwhistle Spring Walking Festival (North East)

This walking festival in Northumberland promises a range of walks for all abilities, including one which covers three counties in one day.

haltwhistlewalkingfestival.org

28/04/201807/05/2018North East
28April
28/04/18 - 13/05/18

Isle of Wight Walking Festival (South East)

One of the biggest walking festivals in Europe. There's a huge choice of walks across the whole island to choose one, as well as themed walks with local experts.

isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk

28/04/201813/05/2018South East
28April
28/04 - 07/05/18

Mole Valley Ramblers Spring Walking Festival (South East)

Come and join this friendly walking group and explore the spectacular Surrey Hills. The event will include day and night walks between 3 - 16 miles.

molevalleyramblers.org.uk

28/04/201807/05/2018South East
28April
28/04/18 - 07/05/18

Ulverston WalkFest (North West)

Ten days of walks and events, including talks by special guest speakers, such as local Mountain Recue volunteers.

ulverstonwalkfest.co.uk

28/04/201807/05/2018North West
29April

Seven Wonders of the Oswestry Hills (West Midlands)

Explore the beautiful border country of the Oswestry hills between Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s seven nature reserves in the area. Walkers can choose a signed route of 7 or 14 miles or a guided 2-mile walk. The signed routes are easy to follow with arrows to keep you on track.

shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk

29/04/201829/04/2018West Midlands
01May
01/05/18 - 31/05/18

Alton Walking Festival (South East)

Extended to the entire month of May, there are walks for beginners experienced walkers, taking in some of the best views in Hampshire. There are also progressive walks through the month for those completely new to walking.

alton.gov.uk

01/05/201831/05/2018South East
01May
01/05/18 - 31/05/18

Bristol WalkFest (South West)

Bristol WalkFest is a month-long event encouraging people to walk, explore and enjoy the city of Bristol and its surrounds. Events are free for all ages.

bristolwalkfest.com

01/05/201831/05/2018South West
01May
01/05 - 31/05/18

Greater Manchester Walking Festival (North West)

The GM Walking Festival offers over 350 guided walks taking place across all ten districts of Greater Manchester throughout May. Whether it’s a gentle stroll in a park or an adventure with a view, there is something for everyone no matter what your ability.

tfgm.com

01/05/201831/05/2018North West
01May
01/05/18 - 07/05/18

ride2stride (Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival) (Yorks and Humber)

Week long festival of walks, talks and music along the fabulous Settle-Carlisle railway line, Western Dales and Eden Valley in Yorkshire.

skyware.co.uk

01/05/201807/05/2018Yorks and Humber
01May
01/05/18 - 31/05/18

Walk This May - Living Streets (Other)

Month-long event encouraging everyone to walk wherever they are, including 'Walk to Work Week' and 'Walk to School Week'. Check local press, schools and councils to see if there are any local events.

livingstreets.org.uk

01/05/201831/05/2018Other
04May
04/05/18 - 07/05/18

Talgarth Walking Festival (Wales)

Based around the ancient market town of Talgarth, it's an ideal base for visitors wishing to explore the Brecon Beacons National Park in this long weekend of walks

talgarthwalkingfestival.org

04/05/201807/05/2018Wales
05May
05/05/18 - 13/05/18

Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival (West Midlands)

Offering 53 walks over nine days in and around Ironbridge, with easy 3 mile walks up to epic 20-mile routes. All walks are free, but advanced booking essential.

ironbridgewalking.co.uk

05/05/201813/05/2018West Midlands
05May
05/05/18 - 07/05/18

Llangollen Walking Festival (Wales)

A weekend to discover local history, heritage and legends in some of the most spectacular and mystical landscapes in North Wales, including a UNISCO World Heritage Site.

llangollenwalkingfestival.co.uk

05/05/201807/05/2018Wales
05May
05/05/18 - 06/05/18

Red Cross Isle of Wight Challenge (South East)

Take on this long distance challenge and walk, jog or run from around the Isle of Wight in support of British Red Cross

redcross.org.uk

05/05/201806/05/2018South East
05May
05/05/18 - 13/05/18

Stevenage Walking Festival (East England)

The Stevenage Walking Festival is a full week organised by members of Stevenage Leisure 50, North Herts Ramblers and Stevenage Health Walks group, with the support of Stevenage Borough Council.

stevenagewalkingfestival.webs.com

05/05/201813/05/2018East England
07May

Bingley Walking Festival (Yorks and Humber)

Bingley Walkers are Welcome are repeating their one-day Walking Festival on Bank Holiday Monday May 1st. There will be five walks on offer around this Yorkshire market town.

bingleywalkersarewelcome.org.uk

07/05/201807/05/2018Yorks and Humber
09May
09/05/18 - 31/05/18

National Forest Walking Festival (East Midlands)

92 walks and events for all abilities including routes suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. You can also try Nordic walking, or join an education stroll with local guides.

thenationalforestwalkingfestival.org.uk

09/05/201831/05/2018East Midlands
11May
11/05/18 - 13/05/18

International Waendel Walk (East Midlands)

A long walking weekend with routes from 5km to 42km (26 miles) in Northamptonshire, with new and improved routes for 2017.

wellingborough.gov.uk

11/05/201813/05/2018East Midlands
11May
11/05 - 13/05/18

Kendal Walking Festival (North West)

14 guided walks, ranging from a 2 hour historical stroll around Kendal Town, to a 13 mile circuit of the Kentmere Horseshoe. There are also six talks that have been arranged for Festival visitors to attend.

kendalwalkingfestival.co.uk

11/05/201813/05/2018North West
11May
11/05 - 17/05/18

Newton Stewart Walkfest (Scotland )

A week of over 30 guided walks and evening events exploring the wild hills, rugged coastline, rolling countryside and dark skies of Galloway in south west Scotland.

walkfestnewtonstewart.com

11/05/201817/05/2018Scotland
11May
11/05/18 - 13/05/18

Ten Tors Challenge (South West)

Ten Tors is a challenging weekend organised by the Army, open to teams of six aged between 14 and 19 from schools, youth organisations (Scouts, Guides, Youth Clubs) and Service cadets based in the seven Counties of South West England.

tentors.org.uk

11/05/201813/05/2018South West
11May
11/05/18 - 26/05/18

The Great Outdoors Challenge (Scotland )

Create your own route and backpack from Scotland’s west coast to the east as part of this annual event – a serious challenge for hardcore walkers

tgochallenge.co.uk

11/05/201826/05/2018Scotland
11May
11/05/18 - 13/05/18

Whitchurch Walking Festival (West Midlands)

On the Welsh border, this Roman-age town hosts a weekend festival that includes walks that explore the history of the area

whitchurchwalkers.co.uk

11/05/201813/05/2018West Midlands
12May

Caerphilly Challenge (Wales)

One day walking challenge with routes from one mile to the challenging 20-mile walk or run.

your.caerphilly.gov.uk

12/05/201812/05/2018Wales
12May
12/05/18 - 20/05/18

Chesterfield Area Walking Festival (East Midlands)

Enjoy the Chesterfield area on foot, taking a stroll around pretty villages, looking at flowers, listening to birds and searching out dragonflies and butterflies or challenge yourself to the 34 mile Round Walk.

chesterfieldwalkingfestival.co.uk

12/05/201820/05/2018East Midlands
12May
12/05/18 - 28/05/18

Jersey Spring Walking Week (Other)

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.

visitchannelislands.com

12/05/201828/05/2018Other
12May

Malhamdale Trail Challenge (Yorks and Humber)

2018 Event cancelled!

More of a run than a walk, this is a tough 22 mile route with 3011 feet of ascent (although there is an easier 9 mile course as well).

malhamdaletrailrunning.co.uk

12/05/201812/05/2018Yorks and Humber
12May
12/05/18 - 03/06/18

Suffolk Walking Festival (East England)

Three-week long festival with guided and self-guided walks for all abilities around the gentle terrain of Suffolk.

suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk

12/05/201803/06/2018East England
14May
14/05/18 - 21/05/18

Colford Area Walking Festival (South West)

This week-long walking festival covers Colford and the Forest of Dean. No details released as yet, but last year included a pub crawl!

colefordareawalkingfestival.co.uk

14/05/201821/05/2018South West
15May
15/05 - 20/05/18

Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival (Wales)

One of the biggest free walking festivals in the UK, along the beautiful coastal paths and rural tracks of the Vale of Glamorgan. Themed trails on history, heritage, wildlife, geology, archaeology.

valeofglamorganwalkingfestival.org.uk

15/05/201820/05/2018Wales
16May
16/05 - 20/05/18

South Birmingham Ramblers Walking Festival (West Midlands)

Help South Birmingham Ramblers celebrate their 25th anniversary by joining them for this festival with seventeen free and guided walks over five days.

sbramblers.co.uk

16/05/201820/05/2018West Midlands
16May
16/05/18 - 20/05/18

Bishops Castle Walking Festival (West Midlands)

A selection of led walks around Bishop’s Castle, a small market town surrounded by the wonderful Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Local footpaths take walkers over open hilltops with impressive views, through valleys, hamlets, country lanes and the remains of ancient hill forts.

walkingfestival.co.uk

16/05/201820/05/2018West Midlands
18May
18/05/18 - 21/05/18

Arran Mountain Festival (Scotland )

From wildlife-watching coastal walks to airy scrambles on towering granite ridges. Scottish hillwalking at its best, led by experienced local leaders.

arranmountainfestival.co.uk

18/05/201821/05/2018Scotland
18May
18/05/18 - 20/05/18

Prestatyn & Clwydian Range Walking Festival (Wales)

Weekend of walks on the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB, Wales Coast Path and Offa’s Dyke National Trail. All walks are free except for coach travel costs, and booking is essential.

prestatynwalkingfestival.co.uk

18/05/201820/05/2018Wales
18May
18/05/18 - 20/05/18

Winchcombe Cotswolds Walking Festival (South West)

A selection of walks and talks over this weekend festival, including the challenging Winchcombe Way.

winchcombewelcomeswalkers.com

18/05/201820/05/2018South West
19May
19/05/18 - 25/05/18

Ballater Walking Festival (Scotland )

60 miles north of Perth, in the heart of Royal Deeside and inside the Cairngorms National Park, you can explore rugged landscapes during this week-long festival, with walks for all ages an abilities

walkballater.com

19/05/201825/05/2018Scotland
19May
19/05/18 - 03/06/18

Chilterns Walking Festival (South East)

Run by the Chilterns Conservation Board, this is a celebration of the fantastic scenery, countryside, heritage, food and drink and local businesses which are so abundant in the Chilterns. Includes a Map Reading workshop!

visitchilterns.co.uk/

19/05/201803/06/2018South East
19May
19/05 - 03/06/18

Geofest (Fforest Fawr Geopark Festival) (Wales)

GeoFest is two weeks of walks, talks and other events in the Fforest Fawr UNESCO Global Geopark.

fforestfawrgeopark.org.uk

19/05/201803/06/2018Wales
19May
19/05/18 - 03/06/18

Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival (East Midlands)

Lincolnshire Wolds is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and this 16-day festival helps to make the most of it.

woldswalkingfestival.co.uk

19/05/201803/06/2018East Midlands
19May
19/05/18 - 01/06/18

Rutland Walking and Cycling Festival (East Midlands)

The festival is a fun packed celebration of Rutland and its glorious countryside and will host led walks and bike rides to suit all ages and abilities, perfect for a family day out.

activerutland.org.uk

19/05/201801/06/2018East Midlands
20May
20/05/18 - 03/06/18

Farnham Walking Festival (South East)

Farnham Town Council with a team of volunteer walk leaders and Breaking Free are running this two week long free festival of walking.

farnham.gov.uk

20/05/201803/06/2018South East
26May
26/05 - 28/05/18

Llanelli Ramblers' Festival of Walks (Wales)

Organised and hosted by Llanelli Ramblers, this three day festival, held over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend offers a choice of 15 walks in areas including Cardiff Bay, Gower, Pembrokeshire and of course Carmarthenshire. Come and enjoy the coast, countryside and mountains of South Wales. Booking essential.

llanelliramblers.org.uk

26/05/201828/05/2018Wales
26May
26/05/18 - 03/06/18

Malvern Walking Festival (West Midlands)

Malvern Walking Festival - 9 Days of themed Walks on and around the Malvern Hills.

malvernwalking.uk

26/05/201803/06/2018West Midlands
26May
26/05/18 - 28/05/18

North York Moors WalkFest (Yorks and Humber)

Spring Bank Holiday weekend walking festival with expert guided themed walks for all ages and abilities. Includes a chance to visit the only new working mill in Yorkshire and stretches of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast and the Cleveland Way.

northyorkmoors.org.uk

26/05/201828/05/2018Yorks and Humber
26May
26/05/18 - 03/06/18

Ramblers 'Walk About' ()

Local clubs are being encouraged to organise walks as part of a national campaign in 2018. Keep an eye on the Ramblers site for details.

ramblers.org.uk

26/05/201803/06/2018
26May
26/05 - 27/05/18

Red Cross London to Brighton Challenge (South East)

This capital to coast challenge is to walk, jog or run 100km from London to Brighton in support of British Red Cross

redcross.org.uk

26/05/201827/05/2018South East
31May
31/05/18 - 03/06/18

Angus Glens Walking Festival (Scotland )

Long weekend of walking, with walks guided by experienced mountain leaders, Countryside Rangers and Estate Managers.

visitangus.com

31/05/201803/06/2018Scotland
02June

Big Welsh Walk (Wales)

The Big Welsh Walk starts from the Tynrhyd Retreat, Devil’s Bridge and allows you to choose a route from six to twenty miles to take on in the one-day event.

ramblers.org.uk

02/06/201802/06/2018Wales
02June
02/06 - 10/06/18

Gower Walking Festival (Wales)

Centred on Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Gower Walking Festival is a great opportunity to see the wonderful wildlife and scenery of the Gower Peninsula and the surrounding area.

gowerwalkingfestival.uk

02/06/201810/06/2018Wales
08June
08/06/18 - 10/06/18

Corsham for Walking Festival (South West)

Weekend festival exploring the rolling Wiltshire countryside, organised by local walking groups

corshamwalkingfestival.org.uk

08/06/201810/06/2018South West
08June
08/06/18 - 10/06/18

Keswick Mountain Festival (North West)

One of the big events in the outdoor calendar, with walking, cycling, running, climbing, paddling, music and gear displays all packed into a long weekend! Come and visit Ordnance Survey in the main showground.

keswickmountainfestival.co.uk

08/06/201810/06/2018North West
08June
08/06/18 - 16/06/18

South Downs Way Annual Walk (South East)

One of the longest-running walking festivals, this is a weeks worth of walking on the South Downs Way National Trail through the National Park. Do a single section or the complete 100 miles.

southdownsway.com

08/06/201816/06/2018South East
09June
09/06/18 - 10/06/18

Cateran Yomp (Scotland )

Charity walk covering 54 miles in 24 hours across Scottish wilderness to raise money to support our soldiers and their families.

soldierscharity.org

09/06/201810/06/2018Scotland
10June
10/06/18 - 16/06/18

Wrexham Walking Festival (Wales)

A series of free walks over a week exploring the landscapes and history on North-East Wales.

walksinwrexham.com

10/06/201816/06/2018Wales
15June
15/06 - 24/06/18

Moray Walking Festival (Scotland )

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.

themorayway.org.uk

15/06/201824/06/2018Scotland
15June
15/06/18 - 17/06/18

Muckle Toon Adventure Festival (Scotland )

Mixed outdoors festival covering cycling, running, walking and mountain biking through the stunning hills of Langholm, in the Scottish Borders. Base camp includes an assault course, climbing wall and much more.

muckletoonadventurefestival.co.uk

15/06/201817/06/2018Scotland
16June
16/06/18 - 24/06/18

Herefordshire Walking Festival (West Midlands)

Nine-day festival with walking and navigation skills training, a bike ride and a long distance walking route.

walkingfestival.com

16/06/201824/06/2018West Midlands
16June
16/06 - 24/06/18

Love2Walk (Wales)

Guided walks from Bridgend, South Wales

love2walk.co.uk

16/06/201824/06/2018Wales
16June
16/06/18 - 24/06/18

Redcar & Cleveland Summer Walking Festival (North East)

The summer walking festival is an exciting event that includes walks for everyone from beginners to the more advanced walker.

redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

16/06/201824/06/2018North East
16June
16/06 - 17/06/18

Langport 2 Day Walking Festival (South West)

A selection of routes with a choice of a 42k, 20k, 10k and 5k walk on both days.

slamstrollers.co.uk

16/06/201817/06/2018South West
21June
21/06 - 24/06/18

Church Stretton Walking Festival (West Midlands)

Church Stretton Walking Festival has a range of around 20 walks, and includes walks for all ages and abilities, from fun walks for youngsters to get involved in walking, moderate walks for those keen to explore our wonderful scenery up to demanding walks for the experienced hiker.

churchstrettonwalkingfestival.co.uk

21/06/201824/06/2018West Midlands
22June
22/06/18 - 24/06/18

Conwy Walks (Wales)

Free guided walks in this north Wales town. For 2018, there are a number of dates to choose from

cerddedconwywalks.org

22/06/201824/06/2018Wales
22June
22/06 - 24/06/18

Top of the Gorge (South West)

Challenge yourself with some outdoor action, relax with live music and local food, and try something new all atop Cheddar Gorge

nationaltrust.org.uk

22/06/201824/06/2018South West
23June
23/06/18 - 01/07/18

Otley Walking Festival (Yorks and Humber)

Short town-based walks, themed walks, strenuous moorland hikes and everything in-between plus a full evening programme of entertaining themed events. A great opportunity to enjoy all that Otley and the wonderful Wharfedale environment has to offer.

otleywalkingfestival.co.uk

23/06/201801/07/2018Yorks and Humber
23June
23/06 - 24/06/18

Rosedale Walking Festival (Yorks and Humber)

A choice of guided walks including one specifically for younger children. Book in advance or just come of the day.

visitherefordshire.co.uk

23/06/201824/06/2018Yorks and Humber
24June

Purbeck Plod (South West)

One day event with a 25 mile run or 16 mile walk challenge walk around Swanage. The hills in the area makes for a serious challenge.

eastdorsetramblers.org.uk

24/06/201824/06/2018South West
26June
26/06/18 - 01/07/18

East Peak Outdoors Festival (South West)

A selection of local walks over this 9-day festival

epip.org.uk

26/06/201801/07/2018South West
26June
26/06/18 - 23/06/18

Red Cross Snowdon Trek (Wales)

Take on this fantastic trek to the summit of mighty Mount Snowdon and experience the breath-taking views of Snowdonia, and support the Red Cross.

redcross.org.uk

26/06/201823/06/2018Wales
29June
29/06/18 - 01/07/18

Snowdonia Challenge (Wales)

Charity walking challenge covering 100km over 3 days in North Wales. Explore parts of Snowdonia you’ve never seen before!

breeseadventures.co.uk

29/06/201801/07/2018Wales
30June
30/06 - 14/07/18

North Pennines Walking Festival (North East)

Festival to help local people and visitors to understand and enjoy the landscape of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and UNESCO Global Geopark. The walks will cover a variety of subjects including local history, nature and geology.

friendsofthenorthpennines.org.uk

30/06/201814/07/2018North East
30June

Purbeck Odyssey (South West)

In support of the Leukaemia Busters charity, this one day challenge event has a selection of routes from 2.5 miles to 26 miles.

leukaemiabusters.org.uk

30/06/201830/06/2018South West
30June
30/06 - 01/07/18

Quantock Hills Walking Festival (South West)

Stowey Walking, based in the villages of Nether and Over Stowey is gearing up for a festival for walkers from near and far aimed at showcasing the landscape of the Quantock Hills, England’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). No charges, but booking is required and donations accepted.

stoweywalking.co.uk

30/06/201801/07/2018South West
30June
30/06/18 - 01/07/18

Red Cross Cotswold Way Challenge (South West)

Walk, jog or run 100km of the Cotswold Way in support of British Red Cross

redcross.org.uk

30/06/201801/07/2018South West
21July
21/07/18 - 22/07/18

Red Cross Jurassic Coast Challenge (South East)

Walk the South Coast in support of British Red Cross

redcross.org.uk

21/07/201822/07/2018South East
21July

Red Cross Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge (Yorks and Humber)

Take on this challenging 24-mile walk, taking in the three peaks of Pen-y-ghent (691m), Whernside (728m) and Ingleborough (723m) in the stunning countryside of the Yorkshire Dales.

redcross.org.uk

21/07/201821/07/2018Yorks and Humber
04August
04/08 - 12/08/18

Midlothian Outdoor Festival (Scotland )

Now expanded from just walking to encompass cycling, snowsports, riding and more. Free guided walks, including varied wildlife and rich cultural routes in the upland areas of the Pentland Hills and Moorfoots, the picturesque Esk Valleys, wooded glens and countryside estates

midlothian.gov.uk

04/08/201812/08/2018Scotland
11August
11/08/18 - 18/08/18

Pendle Walking Festival (North West)

One of biggest free festivals in the UK. Beautiful countryside and fascinating history with guided family walks of all lengths.

www.visitpendle.com

11/08/201818/08/2018North West
11August
11/08/18 - 12/08/18

Red Cross Wye Valley Challenge (Wales)

Starting from Chepstow then over the limestone cliffs of the Wye gorge, follow the magical twisting riverside path through the dramatic landscape of the England & Wales border - an area of outstanding natural beauty, in support of the British Red Cross.

redcross.org.uk

11/08/201812/08/2018Wales
13August
13/08/18 - 18/08/18

Isle of Harris Mountain Festival (Scotland )

A week-long celebration of the mountains of and coastline of Harris. A packed programme of guided walks, talks, outdoor sports, boat trips, workshops and much more.

iohmf.co.uk

13/08/201818/08/2018Scotland
15August
15/08/18 - 16/08/18

Red Cross South Coast Challenge (South East)

Take on some of England's finest scenery - up Beachy Head, over the magnificent Seven Sisters, along the South Downs Way before finishing with views of the historic Arundel in support of the British Red Cross.

redcross.org.uk

15/08/201816/08/2018South East
18August
18/08 - 24/08/18

Wallk the Heath - South Downs (South East)

Enjoy a week of inspiring heathland walks. This walking celebration will include a series of free guided walks led by South Downs National Park Rangers and local knowledgeable experts.

southdowns.gov.uk

18/08/201824/08/2018South East
23August
23/08/18 - 29/08/18

White Cliffs Walking Festival (South East)

Walk the White Cliffs of Dover in this week-long event which covers the August bank holidays. Lots of new walks to suit everyone with a particular emphasis on culture and nature as well as some of great scenic beauty.

whitecliffswalkingfestival.org.uk

23/08/201829/08/2018South East
25August
25/08 - 02/09/18

Dartmoor Walking Festival (South West)

The Dartmoor National Park are fully supporting the week with Ranger-led walks as well as archaeological visits and events. Two of them will be led by OS GetOutside Champions The Two Blondes!

dartmoorwalkingfestival.co.uk

25/08/201802/09/2018South West
30December

Mondean Walking Festival ()

The merged Monmouthshire and Forest of Dean Walking Festivals, now known as the MonDean Walking Festival, will offer a great variety of walks ranging from 3 to 20 miles taking in the Wye Valley and Monnow Valley, Monmouthshire castles and ancient monuments, the historic Royal Forest of Dean where deer and wild boar roam, and the peaks of the Black Mountains.

walkinginmonmouthshire.org

00:00:0000:00:00
31August
31/08/18 - 02/09/18

Bradford Upon Avon Walking Festival (South West)

Weekend of walks from 1.5 miles to 13 miles, including bird spotting, bat spotting and wild food foraging.

walkbradfordonavon.org

31/08/201802/09/2018South West
31August
31/08 - 03/09/18

Much Wenlock Walking Weekend (West Midlands)

A free walking festival with walks daily at 10:00am and 2:00pm from Wenlock Town Square. Walks are led local walk leaders and include history, geology and flora themed routes.

muchwenlockwalkers.org.uk

31/08/201803/09/2018West Midlands
01September
01/09/18 - 02/09/18

Corwen Walking Festival (Wales)

Weekend festival with walks around Corwen itself and a high level ridge walk along the Berwyn, reaching over 800 metres in height. There are also some talks and lectures on outdoor skills.

corwenwalkingfestival.co.uk

01/09/201802/09/2018Wales
01September
01/09/18 - 09/09/18

Gillingham Walking Festival (South West)

A small and friendly in Dorset with over 20 varied walks. Enjoy gently rolling farmland and explore the medieval Royal Forest. Includes town walks, Nordic walking and geocaching events (TBC).

gillwalkersarewelcome.btck.co.uk

01/09/201809/09/2018South West
01September
01/09 - 30/09/18

Guildford WalkFest (South East)

A month-long walking festival for all ages and abilities with guided walks in and around the beautiful town and stunning countryside surrounding the ancient Borough of Guildford.

guildfordwalkfest.co.uk

01/09/201830/09/2018South East
02September
02/09/18 - 08/09/18

Scottish Borders Walking Festival (Scotland )

A week long celebration of walking and the Borders countryside.

borderswalking.com

02/09/201808/09/2018Scotland
02September
02/09 - 23/09/18

The Valleys Walking Festival (Wales)

Walks are still being added for this festival that explores the Welsh Valleys. Booking is essential.

walesvalleyswalking.co.uk

02/09/201823/09/2018Wales
07September
07/09 - 10/09/18

Millennium Way Walking Festival (West Midlands)

The first ever Walking Festival organised by the Millennium Way Team in conjunction with Worcestershire County Council takes place over the weekend of 7 to 10 September 2018 and will be based on the Millennium Way circular walks in Worcestershire.

millenniumway.org.uk

07/09/201810/09/2018West Midlands
08September
08/09/18 - 16/09/18

Bedfordshire Walking Festival (East England)

Nine days of enjoyable walking in interesting and varied countryside. Special interest walks, short and long walks, walks for health and Nordic walking taster sessions.

bedswalkfest.co.uk

08/09/201816/09/2018East England
08September
08/09/18 - 09/09/18

Red Cross Thames Path Challenge (London)

Join the Thames Path Challenge - 100km from Putney Bridge to Henley or on the 50km Half Challenge, or a Quarter section. Or choose the Thames Bridges Trek - 25k through the heart of London, all in aid of British Red Cross

redcross.org.uk

08/09/201809/09/2018London
08September
08/09 - 15/09/18

South East Cornwall Walking Festival (South West)

The South East Cornwall Walking Festival celebrates the wonderful countryside in and around south east Cornwall. Join local guides who know the area inside out, who will lead you to hidden viewpoints, deserted beaches and picturesque villages.

visitcornwall.com

08/09/201815/09/2018South West
08September
08/09 - 23/09/18

South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival (Yorks and Humber)

The 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 by foot or on horseback. 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. Over the centuries it has inspired many artists and writers.

walkandridefestival.co.uk

08/09/201823/09/2018Yorks and Humber
10September
10/09/18 - 16/09/18

Wellington Walking Festival (South West)

Themed walks encompassing local and natural history, canals, railways and geology. There will be garden visits and some plain old walks.

wellingtonwalkersarewelcome.org.uk

10/09/201816/09/2018South West
14September
14/09/18 - 16/09/18

Blairgowrie & East Perthshire Walking Festival (Scotland )

Walk the valleys and hills around Blairgowrie, Perthshire in this long-running event, including the peaks of Lochnager and interesting sections of the Cateran Trail

walkingfestival.org

14/09/201816/09/2018Scotland
14September
14/09 - 16/09/18

Crickhowell Autumn Walking Weekend (Wales)

An new autumnal add-on to the longer spring festival, with a choice of walks each day.

crickhowellfestival.com

14/09/201816/09/2018Wales
14September
14/09/18 - 16/09/18

Swanage and Purbeck Walking Festival (South West)

Stroll along the beach in beautiful Victorian Swanage or a serious hike along the South West Coast Path, covering the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

walkswanage.com

14/09/201816/09/2018South West
15September
15/09 - 30/09/18

Autumn Footprints (East Midlands)

Sixteen days of walks in the Autumn, located in Derbyshire, all walks are free of charge and booking is recommended.

autumnfootprints.co.uk

15/09/201830/09/2018East Midlands
15September
15/09 - 24/09/18

Barmouth Walking Festival (Wales)

Ten days of guided walks for all abilities around the stunning Mawddach Estuary & Southern Snowdonia. Walks are charged for and should be booked in advance.

barmouthwalkingfestival.co.uk

15/09/201824/09/2018Wales
15September
15/09 - 23/09/18

Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival (East Midlands)

Organised by the Chesterfield Canal Trust, there will be nearly 50 walks from 2 miles to the full length of 46 miles – over three days led by John Merrill. Nature walks, history walks, engineering walks, Nordic walking, town trails and lots of Boats & Boots where you combine a walk with a cruise on a tripboat.

chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk

15/09/201823/09/2018East Midlands
15September
15/09/18 - 30/09/18

Guernsey Autumn Walking Festival (Other)

The Guernsey Autumn Walking Festival offers visitors a choice of over 50 morning, afternoon and evening guided walks to explore the islands and learn from local experts about their history and attractions. Prices start from £7 per person per walk. The walks vary in difficulty and length (ranging from one to six hours) and are suitable for all ages and abilities.

visitguernsey.com

15/09/201830/09/2018Other
15September
15/09 - 23/09/18

High Weald Walking Festival (South East)

New for 2018, this free walking festival showcases the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty like never before. No booking required - just turn up on the day.

highwealdwalks.org

15/09/201823/09/2018South East
17September
17/09 - 24/09/18

North Lanarkshire Walking Festival (Scotland )

From easy strolls around parks to longer rambles through open countryside, this event offers walks for families with young children and those new to walking as well as ramblers looking to go further afield. This week long event includes 26 walks across the area.

northlanarkshire.gov.uk

17/09/201824/09/2018Scotland
20September
20/09/18 - 21/09/18

Kington Walking Festival (West Midlands)

Varied programme of guided and self-led walks over a long weekend. The 'eight peaks challenge' is a competition to visit eight points in the shortest possible time.

kingtonwalks.org

20/09/201821/09/2018West Midlands
22September
22/09 - 30/09/18

Bollington Walking Festival (North West)

In it's 9th year, with an extended the variety of walks available, Walkers Are Welcome continues to extend a hand of friendship to all who visit Bollington.

bollingtonwalkingfestival.co.uk

22/09/201830/09/2018North West
22September
22/09/18 - 30/09/18

Richmond Walking and Book Festival (Yorks and Humber)

Combining day time walks led by knowledgeable guides with evening talks from popular and emerging authors.

booksandboots.org

22/09/201830/09/2018Yorks and Humber
22September
22/09/18 - 28/09/18

Sidmouth Walking Festival (South West)

A week of free guided walks to help discover the wonderful scenic coastal walking of Sidmouth and the hidden gems of East Devon. Three walks each day including themed expert led walks.

visitsidmouth.co.uk

22/09/201828/09/2018South West
24September
24/09 - 30/09/18

North Downs Way Pilgrims Festival (South East)

A week-long series of events in Wye celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the North Downs Way. There are routes for those who love nature and our countryside or want to learn more about cultural heritage. There's also drama, literature, film, food, drink, and much, much more.

kentdowns.org.uk

24/09/201830/09/2018South East
28September
28/09/18 - 30/09/18

Conwy Walks (Wales)

Free guided walks in this north Wales town. For 2018, there are a number of dates to choose from

cerddedconwywalks.org

28/09/201830/09/2018Wales
28September
28/09/18 - 30/09/18

Ross on Wye Walking Festival (West Midlands)

Long weekend walking in and around Ross-on-Wye. Events include town walks, river walks and a steam train ride.

rosswalkingfestival.co.uk

28/09/201830/09/2018West Midlands
29September
29/09 - 30/09/18

Haslemere Walking Festival (South East)

The festival offers a collection of varied and rewarding walks to suit all tastes, ages and abilities, with opportunities to learn about Haslemere’s fascinating history, it’s wildlife and much more while at the same time enjoy some charming walking areas both within Haslemere and the beautiful surrounding countryside. There's little information on the site, but there is a contact email to find out more.

haslemere.com

29/09/201830/09/2018South East
29September
29/09 - 28/10/18

South Lincolnshire Walking Festival (East Midlands)

A Festival of walks in the South of the County for all ages and abilities. Last years there were over 80 walks planned that allowed exploration of everything from the stone-age to the industrial age.

southlincswalking.com

29/09/201828/10/2018East Midlands
01October
01/10/18 - 31/10/18

Norfolk Walking festival (East England)

Running across October, showcasing the beautiful north east stretch of the Norfolk Coast, with a range of guided walks, themed walks including family and nature, and other related events.

www.norfolk.gov.uk

01/10/201831/10/2018East England
04October
04/10/18 - 07/10/18

Dursley Walking Festival (South West)

Varied programme with over 20 short and longer walks including special interest walks such as photography and local history. Includes a quiz and other social events.

dursleywalkfest.btck.co.uk

04/10/201807/10/2018South West
05October
05/10 - 12/10/18

CowalFest (Scotland )

CowalFest promotes this beautiful west coast area with a broad range of walks from a gentle half hour stroll to strenuous hill walks, including the recently refurbished Cowal Way.

cowalfest.org

05/10/201812/10/2018Scotland
05October
05/10 - 07/10/18

South West Outdoor Festival (South West)

A celebration of outdoor activities, adventures, pursuits and pastimes – plus fine food, great music and inspirational speakers – that takes place every year at a different wild site around the South West.

nationaltrust.org.uk

05/10/201807/10/2018South West
06October
06/10 - 21/10/18

Chilterns Autumn Walking Festival (South East)

Grab comfy walking shoes and get ready to explore a host of locations, foods and activities across the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covering the countryside from Goring in Oxfordshire to Hitchin in Hertfordshire.

visitchilterns.co.uk/

06/10/201821/10/2018South East
06October
06/10/18 - 13/10/18

Crieff & Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst Walking Festival (Scotland )

The Crieff & Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst celebrates the life, work and play 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 autumn colours of Strathearn and surrounding areas of Perthshire.

droverstryst.com

06/10/201813/10/2018Scotland
11October
11/10 - 15/10/18

Walk Scilly Autumn Weekend (South West)

This time of year is very popular for wildlife watchers as Scilly plays host to myriad migrating birds. Discover some amazing places including uninhabited islands!

www.visitislesofscilly.com

11/10/201815/10/2018South West
12October
12/10/18 - 14/10/18

Conwy Walks (Wales)

Free guided walks in this north Wales town. For 2018, there are a number of dates to choose from

cerddedconwywalks.org

12/10/201814/10/2018Wales
13October
13/10/18 - 18/10/18

New Forest Walking Festival (South West)

Led by the New Forest National Park Authority the Walking Festival includes Wildlife Walks, History Hikes, Accessible Walks, Activity Walks, Family Adventures, shorter strolls and longer walks.

newforestnpa.gov.uk

13/10/201818/10/2018South West
03November
03/11 - 04/11/18

Snowdonia Walking Festival (Wales)

A weekend of walks suitable for everyone in the unique and magical surroundings of Snowdonia National Park. Based in Betws-y-Coed these professionally guided walks will take you to mountains and forests to enjoy some of the best Snowdonia has to offer.

breeseadventures.co.uk

03/11/201804/11/2018Wales

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