Country Walking's 2017 guide to Walking Festivals

Find the walking festival for you with Country Walking's comprehensive guide to the events taking place across the UK in 2017.

Walking Festivals are kicking-off up and down the country, and Country Walking’s got festival fever! They’re a brilliant way to enjoy the great outdoors, whether exploring the countryside near you or discovering the delights of somewhere new.

With something for everyone, you’re sure to find walks for making friends, tickling your curiosity and stretching your ambitions. They’re a great way to top up your #walk1000miles total too. So step out, relax and leave the route-finding to someone else. We've listed 104 events taking place in 2017!

Use the interactive map to browse and filter festivals by month, or browse by region below.


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25 – 31 March

Boscastle Walking Week

Boscastle, Cornwall

1 – 7 April

Walk Scilly (Spring)

Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

Grab your gaiters; tighten your bootlaces... come and enjoy a week of 29 themed, guided walks across all the islands.

8 – 9 April

Keynsham Walking Festival

Keynsham, Somerset

10 varied walks, some themed, around the beautiful countryside twixt Bristol and Bath, finishing with a Family Treasure Hunt and entertainment in the park. A social event on Saturday evening.

Dates TBC

North Devon & Exmoor Walking Festival

Various, Devon

Our 21st walking festival. Guided scenic walks with friendly, knowledgeable local guides, who will open up the delights of the North Devon AONB and Exmoor National Park.

Dates TBC

Bristol Walking Festival

Bristol, Avon

19 – 21 May

Winchcombe Cotswolds Walking Festival

Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

Discover the beauty of the north Cotswolds with our knowledgeable local guides. There is something for everyone but numbers are limited, so book early. A warm welcome awaits you!

9 – 11 June

Corsham Walking Festival

Corsham, Wiltshire

Eighteen varied walks in and around the Corsham area, many themed, providing something for all abilities. Plus optional Saturday evening entertainment.

26 August – 3 September

Dartmoor Walking Festival

Various, Devon

Nine days of walks, runs, rides, talks, demonstrations and other events in stunning Dartmoor National Park. Nordic walking, Trampers, Mobility scooters, archaeology visits, children’s walks and ranger led walks too.

26 – 28 August

Mendip Ramblers Free Walking Festival

Cheddar, Somerset

This 15th free walking festival gives anyone the chance to explore the rolling countryside on the edge of the Somerset Levels. Starting at Butleigh, near Glastonbury in Somerset, all walks will showcase footpaths in the area and range from 3 to 13 miles. Reward yourself with tea and cakes afterwards!

1 – 4 September

Bradford-on-Avon Walking Festival

Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire

Come along to this delightful corner of West Wiltshire to join us on a wide range of short, half day and all day walks, something for everyone. This year's highlight will be two days of walking the 23-mile outer circuit of our newly installed Walking Wheel.

2 – 10 September

Gillingham Walking Festival

Gillingham, Dorset

Gillingham is a Walkers are Welcome Town. The festival is small and friendly with over 20 varied walks. Enjoy gently rolling farmland and explore a medieval Royal Forest.

8 – 10 September

South West Outdoor Festival

Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

Offering options for a host of outdoor activities including caving, rock-climbing, cycling and more. Cheddar Walking is providing the walking options with daily guided walks around the Mendips Hills AONB.

16 – 23 September

South East Cornwall Walking Festival

Looe, Cornwall

Now in its 17th year, don’t miss the chance to explore the stunning and varied Cornish landscape in the capable hands of local enthusiastic guides.

16 – 24 September

Swanage & Purbeck Walking Festival

Swanage, Dorset

16 – 17 September

Somer Valley Walking Festival

Radstock, Somerset

Walks from 3 miles up to 12 miles in this beautiful rolling landscape south of Bath, which has a rich industrial heritage of canals, railways and former mines.

23  – 29 September

Sidmouth & East Devon Walking Festival

Sidmouth, Devon

Choose from three daily walks, shorter special interest walks led by experts, circular walks through glorious countryside and the spectacular Jurassic coast or the East Devon Way linear walks with coach (£) transport. All walks are free.

5 – 8 October

Dursley Walking Festival

Dursley, Gloucestershire

Dursley invites walkers of all abilities to enjoy free walks in the Gloucestershire countryside. The festival includes themed walks, a quiz, a history talk, and a tea and cakes afternoon.

12 – 16 October

Walk Scilly (Autumn)

Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

Come and enjoy the splendour of Scilly during the Autumn. Come and enjoy a long weekend of themed, guided walks across the islands - perfect for stunning birds and wildlife too!


29 April – 7 May

Alton Walking Festival

Alton, Hampshire

Come and walk in Jane Austen’s shoes during her local town’s walking festival in Alton this Spring, taking in the beautiful rural Hampshire countryside. With something for everyone from experienced ramblers to young families the routes range from town history and Civil War guided tours, theatrical night ghost walks and long distance rambles.

29 April – 14 May

IsleWalk 2017

Various, Isle of Wight

6 – 14 May

Stevenage Walking Festival

Stevenage, Hertfordshire

13 – 21 May

1066 Walking Festival

Various, East Sussex

The rolling hills of 1066 Country are steeped in history – enjoy free guided walks along coast and through the countryside of the High Weald AONB.

15 – 29 May

Chilterns Walking Festival (Spring)

Various, Bucks/Herts/Oxon/Beds

Get better acquainted with the Chiltern Hills during 15 exciting days of walks, events and activities. Explore with expert guides, learn new skills and enjoy feasts, boat trips and filming locations.

21 – 28 MAY

Farnham Walking Festival

Farnham, Surrey

17 – 18 June

Elham Valley Walking Festival

Elham Valley, Kent

Set here in the beautiful Kent Downs our walks include visits to vineyards, exquisite gardens, charming villages, medieval churches, a fun walk for children and the challenging Elham Valley Way. Don't miss the chance to complete the 22-mile Elham Valley Way in one day.

24 – 30 August

White Cliffs Walking Festival

Deal & Dover, Kent

Come walk the iconic White Cliffs of Dover … and beyond, in this beautiful area! One week, multiple guided walks to suit all walkers. Special interests include geocaching, history, wildlife and foraging.

9 – 17 September

Bedfordshire Walking Festival

Bedfordshire

With its diverse landscape, a great footpath network and easily accessible by road and rail, Bedfordshire offers an interesting and varied 9 day event for almost all abilities, plus map awareness courses and the two-day, 40 mile Greensand Challenge.

18 September – 1 October

Chilterns Walking Festival (Autumn)

Various, Bucks/Herts/Oxon/Beds

Get better acquainted with the Chiltern Hills during 15 exciting days of walks, events and activities. Explore with expert guides, learn new skills and enjoy feasts, boat trips and filming locations.

Dates TBC

Haslemere Walking Festival

Haslemere, Surrey

14 – 29 October

New Forest Walking Festival

New Forest, Hampshire

Experience the New Forest’s fiery foliage and learn more about the free roaming ponies, fascinating history and abundant nature of the National Park on over 100 expert-led walks.


Dates TBC

Wye River Festival

Various, Herefordshire/Monmouthshire

29 April – 7 May

Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival

Ironbridge, Shropshire

57 walks of various lengths, all taking place around Telford’s stunning Ironbridge Gorge, where the Industrial Revolution began over 300 years ago. 32 are themed of 2 to 10 miles, and 25 are longer walks of 11 to 21 miles - the longest is a road walk led by two young ladies. All walks are free.

12 – 14 May

International Waendel Walk

Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

13 – 17 May

Bishop’s Castle Walking Festival

Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire

Five days’ walking; five walks every day; five evening events – all in the wonderful Shropshire hills. Join this friendliest of walking festivals!

6 – 14 May

Chesterfield Area Walking Festival

Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Enjoy the Chesterfield area on foot: from archeology trails to easy strolls through the scenic Derbyshire countryside, there are walks for all interests and abilities – from gentle rambles to challenging hikes.

12 – 14 May

Whitchurch Walking Festival

Whitchurch, Shropshire

13 – 25 May

National Forest Walking Festival

Various, Leicestershire/Derbyshire

20 May – 2 June

Rutland Walking & Cycling Festival

Rutland

27 May – 4 June

Malvern Hills Walking Festival

Various, Worcestershire/Herefordshire

Explore the Malverns:  anything from an informative one-mile heritage stroll around Malvern to a 6-day trail, or any of another 39 walks in between.

29 May – 4 June

Corby Outdoors Festival

Corby, Northamptonshire

Corby Walking Festival is in its 9th annual year and has a new look. The event is now the Corby Outdoors Festival, offering a wider range of outdoor activities. But the walk programme still forms the backbone of this week-long event, celebrating the wealth of walking opportunities in and around Corby.

17 – 25 June

Herefordshire Walking Festival

Various, Herefordshire

Nine days and forty walks of all lengths and difficulty. Four sections of the Wye Valley Walk through Herefordshire, walked over four days, themed walks from historical to farming to poetry to bats, including a 20-miler in the beautiful South Herefordshire countryside.

22 – 25 June

Church Stretton Walking Festival

Church Stretton, Shropshire

11 – 17 September

Wellington Walking Festival

Wellington, Shropshire

A week of varied events ranging from strolls to all-day walks. Many themed walks including garden visits, nature walks and industrial archaeological explorations in this fascinatingly diverse area of Shropshire.

21 – 24 September

Kington Walking Festival

Kington, Herefordshire

Kington sits on the frontier between the green and asymmetrical hills of Herefordshire, famous for apples, beef and cider and the wild uplands of Wales. Our programme comprises several guided walks over four days for the tough and lazy alike.

22 – 24 September

Ross Walking Festival

Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire

A programme of 15 varied walks around the Ross-on-Wye area with the opportunity to take in a lunch cruise on the Wye or a steam train ride through the Forest of Dean.


13 May – 4 June

Suffolk Walking Festival

Various, Suffolk

An eclectic mix of walks celebrate Suffolk’s heritage culture and natural beauty. Not only is the county home to Constable Country (the picturesque Dedham Vale), but it also boasts the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths AONB.

20 May – 4 June

Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival

Various, Lincolnshire

Dates TBC

South Lincolnshire Walking Festival


22 April – 1 May

Ulverston WalkFest

Ulverston, Cumbria

The south Lakeland town of Ulverston is hosting a series of walks and activities over ten days, led by local guides. From 1 mile strolls to 10 mile hikes, there’s something for all ages and abilities.

25 April – 1 May

Ride2stride Walking Festival

Settle/Carlisle, North Yorkshire/Cumbria

Ride2stride is a week-long festival of walks, talks and music. Ride the fabulous Settle to Carlisle line, England's most beautiful railway, to walk in the glorious Yorkshire Dales.

28 April – 1 May

Isle of Man Walking Festival

Isle of Man

The Isle of Man is a walking mecca, with an ever-changing landscape of moors, hills, glens, forests and beaches. All walks have been designed to offer a glimpse into the tranquillity and splendour of the Isle of Man, with shorter walks providing even more opportunity to explore the Island's rich heritage at leisure. 

1 – 31 May

Wirral Walking Festival

Over 170 walks from Walking for Health Walks to long distance treks passing through Wirral’s award winning Green Flag parks and along its internationally protected coast.

1 – 8 May

Greater Manchester Walking Festival

Greater Manchester

Now in its 3rd year and including over 300 walks, this is the biggest walking festival in the UK. All walks are led by experienced guides and groups, are free, and cover urban suburban and rural locations – there’s something for everyone!

6 – 14 May

Garstang Walking Festival

Garstang, Lancashire

8 – 11 June

Keswick Mountain Festival

Keswick, Cumbria

30 July

Westmorland Dales Gathering

Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria

Weekend gathering centred on Kirkby Stephen celebrating the North Pennines AONB and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Highlights of Sunday walks include Nine Standards and Smardale Nature Reserve.

12 – 20 August

Pendle Walking Festival

Pendle, Lancashire

9 – 24 September

Walk & Ride Festival

South Pennines, Greater Manchester

23 September – 1 October

Bollington Walking Festival

Bollington, Cheshire

Bollington's situation in the Cheshire Peak District makes it an ideal base for walking. Come and explore the countryside and industrial heritage, where you can be sure of a warm welcome.


14 April

Boroughbridge Walking Festival

Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire

22 April – 1 May

Halwhistle Walking Festival

Haltwhistle, Northumberland

A friendly festival with walks varying from 4 to 15 miles, easy to strenuous, with trained volunteer leaders. Always “more than just a walk.”

1 May

Bingley Walking Festival

Bingley, West Yorkshire

27 – 29 May

WalkFest 2017

North York Moors

Discover the North York Moors National Park's stunning scenery with expert guides. From moorland hikes to hunting down the mouseman, or evening strolls with beer, there’s a walk for all ages and abilities.

17 – 25 June

Redcar & Cleveland’s Summer Walking Festival

Redcar, North Yorkshire

24 – 25 June

Rosedale Walking Festival

Rosedale Abbey, North Yorkshire

Explore this beautiful part of the North York Moors with local guides sharing their passion, from teashop and wildlife walks to hikes on the old railway exploring Rosedale's industrial past.

24 June – 2 July

Otley Walking Festival

Wharfedale, West Yorkshire

50 great walks in stunning Wharfedale.  Warm welcome, good company, fantastic scenery. Variety of walks – short town-based walks, strenuous moorland hikes and everything in between, plus full evening events programme.

9 – 17 September

Walking & Outdoors Festival

Yorkshire Wolds, East Yorkshire

The Walking & Outdoors Festival offers walks and activities to  appeal to families, casual walkers and enthusiasts alike, all in the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds. Take your pick from guided rambles, themed walks and adventurous activities.

21 – 24 September

Pateley Bridge Walking Festival

Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire

Explore the little-known Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty of Nidderdale in the company of experienced, knowledgeable guides. A choice of walks of varying lengths each day, for all interests and abilities.

23 September – 1 October

Richmond Walking & Book Festival

Richmond, North Yorkshire

The Richmond Walking & Book Festival celebrates the beauty of the glorious northern Yorkshire Dales by offering walks during the day and renowned, and local, authors predominantly in the evenings.


25 February – 5 March 2017

Crickhowell Walking Festival

Crickhowell, Powys

Now in its tenth year, the Crickhowell Walking Festival has grown to feature up to 12 guided and graded walks per day over 9 days in the beautiful Black Mountains – part of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

19 April – 23 April

Chepstow Walking Festival

Chepstow, Monmouthshire

There is no better introduction to the landscape and heritage of the beautiful Lower Wye Valley than to join one of these many walks led by experienced local walk leaders.  

28 April – 1 May

Talgarth Walking Festival

Talgarth, Powys

The ancient town of Talgarth is the gateway to the Black Mountains. The festival provides the opportunity to explore the landscape, art, history and wildlife of the area. It includes a walk with local writer Owen Sheers to explore the life of famous artist and WW1 poet David Jones.

29 April – 1 May

Llangollen Walking Festival

Llangollen, Denbighshire

Boasting a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the charming town of Llangollen is set within the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB. Join professional and local guides for themed walks to suit all interests and abilities: from steam trains to wildlife, photography to food and drink.

20 - 22 May

Trefriw Walking Festival

Trefriw, Conwy

Trefriw Walking Festival will be celebrating the Wales’ Year of Legends with 3 days of great walks in Snowdonia, from high level challenges to storytelling walks for all the family.

Dates TBC

Holywell Walking Festival

Holywell, Flintshire

23 – 28 May

Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival

Glamorgan

In glorious coastal country with walks for all ages/levels. Run by Valeways Charity, the festival specializes in free guided trails on Nature & Environment, History, Archaeology and Geology.

26 – 29 May

Llanelli Festival of Walks

Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

Organised by local Ramblers, this year’s festival will include walks around Welsh river sources, spectacular waterfalls and the beautiful Welsh coast. There’s a choice of five walks each day over the Bank Holiday weekend to suit all ages and abilities.

16 – 18 June

Trigaron Walking Festival

Tregaron, Ceredigion

With 2016 being the 80th anniversary of the trig point, the Tregaron Festival explores the trigs of the Cambrian mountains, with five guided walks, including a night under the stars.

11 – 13 August

Snowdonia Outdoor Festival

Bala, Gwynedd

With a base on the banks of Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid) in Gwynedd, the Snowdonia Mountain Festival offers outdoor activities, live music, sporting events and camping, all oriented towards adventurous families.

2 – 3 September

Corwen Walking Festival

Corwen, Denbighshire

Our festival offers 26 guided walks in our spectacular countryside over the two days, skills lectures, navigation training and an on-site pop up outdoor shop. Don’t miss the twilight hours ghost walk on the Saturday!

Dates TBC

Barmouth Walking Festival

Barmouth, Gwynedd

29 September – 1 October

Llandysul and Pont Tyweli Walking Festival

Llandysul and Pont Tyweli, Carmarthenshire/Ceredigion

6 – 8 October

Montgomery Walking Festival

Celebrating Montgomeryshire's unspoilt historic landscapes, seven varied walks explore this lovely county from the charming Borders county town. Walks, talks and events, walking weekend accommodation packages available:


28 – 30 April

Galashiels Walking Festival

Galashiels, Borders

5 – 11 May

Newton Stewart Walking Festival

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

Join the 15th annual festival, offering over 30 guided walks and evening talks exploring and celebrating the wild hills, rolling countryside and rugged coastline of Galloway, including a night time walk in the heart of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park.

19 – 22 May

Isle of Arran Mountain Festival

Isle of Arran

From wildlife-watching coastal walks to airy scrambles on towering granite ridges, experienced local leaders will take you on varied routes exploring Arran’s amazing mountain landscape.

12 – 14 May

Irvine Valley Walking Festival

Irvine Valley, East Ayrshire

20 – 26 May

Ballater Walking Festival

Ballater, Aberdeenshire

Explore the natural beauty of the Cairngorms surrounding Ballater with a series of guided walks.  All ages and levels are welcome, plus with a full social calendar you are sure to have an outstanding time.

1 – 4 June

Angus Glens Walking Festival

Kirriemuir, Angus

16 – 25 June

Moray Walking Festival

Moray

Enjoy the UK’s midsummer outdoor festival 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.

17 – 19 June

Muckletoon Adventure Festival

Langholm, Dumfries & Galloway

Enjoy a choice of summit challenges on the hills that surround the lovely town of Langholm over the festival weekend.  You will be rewarded with stunning scenery as you reach the summit of these professionally guided walks.

4 – 10 September

Scottish Borders Walking Festival

Peebles, Borders

15 – 17 September

Blairgowrie & East Perthshire Walking Festival

Blairgowrie, Perth & Kinross

Now in its 14th year, the Blairgowrie and East Perthshire Walking Festival ventures into the Cairngorm National Park. Organised on a voluntary basis, it offers a range of interesting guided linear walks with transport. The flagship walk for 2017 is the Lairig Ghru, 17 miles.

6 – 15 October

CowalFest

Argyll & Bute

This ten-day walking festival roams over the beautiful but unspoilt Cowal Peninsula in Argyll. Walks suit all levels of ability and interests and evening social activities round off the perfect experience.

Dates TBC

Drovers' Tryst Walking Festival

Crieff and Strathearn, Perthshire

Celebrating Crieff’s past as the cattle-droving crossroads of Scotland in the 1700s. Guided walks exploring stunning scenery in autumn colours, enhanced by history and wildlife, plus evening social events.


20 – 23 April

Boots n’ Bogs Walking Festival

Sliabh Beagh Hills, North Monaghan/East Fermanagh

2 – 4 June

Walk the Glens Festival

Various, County Antrim

23 – 25 June

International Mournes Walking Festival

Mourne Mountains, County Down

31 July – 31 August

Ring of Gullion Lúnasa Festival

Ring of Gullion, County Armagh

A month-long heritage festival, which also features a series of guided historical and nature walks as well as guided hikes around the Ring of Gullion area.

9 September

Castlerock Walkfest

Castlerock, County Londonderry

Dates TBC

Sperrins & Killeter Walking Festival

Various, County Tyrone/County Londonderry

Dates TBC

Wee Binnian Walking Festival

Various, County Armagh/County Down

1 – 2 October

Glenarm Walking Festival

Glenarm, County Antrim

15 – 16 October

Fermanagh Walking Festival

Various, County Fermanagh