Three week countdown to Bristol Walk Fest 2016

Bristol Walk Fest, the UK’s largest urban walking festival, is set to kick off next month.

Taking place between 1 -31 May 2016, Walk Fest’s packed programme will offer plenty of opportunities to explore Bristol, meet new people and get some fresh air with residents of all ages and abilities.


Walks are varied and offer a wide range of experiences and opportunities to learn something new – from a singing walk to a foraging trail, architecture tour, map-reading workshop or simply the chance to enjoy Bristol’s Portway without traffic.

With walks taking place every single day in May, the official programme is now available online ( and printed programmes can be found at local libraries and the Tourist Information Centre.

Becky Pollard, Director of Public Health at Bristol City Council, said: “Bristol has become known as a place that embraces walking not just as a means of physical activity but also a healthy way of life.   Past festivals have shown that it can also be a great way of meeting new people, discovering new places, and seeing the city in a brand new light.”

The festival will launch on Thursday 28 April with a ‘Compass Walk’.  Starting mid-morning from four corners of Bristol, walkers will converge on the City Centre for a celebration and refreshments just after 5pm.

Bristol Walk Fest 2016 is coordinated by Bristol City Council with support from Bristol Ramblers and Stanfords and in association with Bristol University, Destination Bristol and Living Streets. Over 170 walks and events are planned in partnership with 70 local organisations.

For more information and to discover our programme, head to