Country Walking's 2018 guide to Walking Festivals

 Winchcombe Cotswolds Walking Festival

Winchcombe Cotswolds Walking Festival

Find the walking festival for you with Country Walking's comprehensive guide to the events taking place across the UK in 2018.

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 114 events taking place in 2018!

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

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15 – 20 March

Boscastle Walking Week
Boscastle, Cornwall

3 – 8 April

South West Coast Path Walking Break
Dunster, Somerset
An annual Easter walking break on the South West Coast Path to complete the first 35 miles, Minehead and Combe Martin, including accommodation, guiding, all meals, and transport for walks.

4 – 14 April

Walk Scilly (Spring)
Isles of Scilly, Cornwall
Grab your gaiters; lace up your boots... come and enjoy a 10-day festival of guided walks across all the islands.

6 – 8 April

Keynsham Walking Festival
Keynsham, Somerset
Varied walks, some themed, around the beautiful countryside between Bristol and Bath, finishing with a family treasure hunt and entertainment in the park. A social event on Saturday evening.

1 – 31 May

Bristol Walking Festival
Bristol’s month-long walking festival, now in its sixth successful year, regularly attracts over 500 walkers from across the city and beyond. Whether you like historical tours, nature walks, exploring street art, walking sports, or you just want to get fit and enjoy some fresh air, there is something for everyone.

18 – 20 May

Winchcombe Cotswolds Walking Festival
Winchcombe, Gloucestershire
Enjoy the Cotswold countryside at its best, in the company of friendly, knowledgeable guides. With 26 different walks and events, there is something for everyone. Professionally run by volunteers!

8 – 10 June

Corsham Walking Festival
Corsham, Wiltshire
On the fringe of the Cotswolds AONB, at the heart of beautiful rolling North Wiltshire countryside explore the history, nature and landscape of Corsham’s best-kept secrets. Includes a free programme and a chance to compete for the ‘Golden Boots’ at our evening buffet and quiz – there is something for everyone.

30 June – 1 July

The Quantock Hills Walking Festival
Nether Stowey & Over Stowey, Somerset
Stowey Walking, the Walkers are Welcome steering group for the villages of Nether Stowey and Over Stowey, will be holding a weekend walking festival in the beautiful Quantock Hills, England’s oldest AONB. The festival will showcase the unique landscape of the hills and is supported by the Quantock Hills AONB.

25 August – 2 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.

25 – 27 August

Mendip Ramblers Free Walking Festival
Dicheat, Somerset
This year’s festival is based in the historic Somerset village of Dicheat, mentioned in the Doomsday Book and well known now for cheese and racehorses. There will be four walks available each day.

31 August – 2 September

Bradford-on-Avon Walking Festival
Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire
The Bradford on Avon Walkers are Welcome Group invites you to this lovely corner of West Wiltshire to explore the local area right on the edge of the Cotswolds AONB. Our 2018 theme will focus on the geology of the area and how this has shaped the environment. With walks for all ages and abilities ranging from 1.5 to 15 miles it’s a Festival for everyone; we look forward to seeing you there.

2 – 10 September

Gillingham Walking Festival
Gillingham, Dorset
Gillingham is a Walkers are Welcome Town. The festival is small and friendly, with varied walks exploring gently rolling farmland and a medieval Royal Forest.

8 – 15 September

South East Cornwall Walking Festival
Looe, Cornwall
Now in its 18th year, don’t miss the chance to explore the stunning and varied Cornish landscape in the capable hands of enthusiastic local guides.


Swanage & Purbeck Walking Festival
Swanage, Dorset

14 – 16 September

Somer Valley Walking Festival
Radstock, Somerset
A festival celebrating some beautiful walking countryside South of Bath and also the area's fascinating industrial heritage.

22 – 28 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.

4 – 7 October

Dursley Walking Festival
Dursley, Gloucestershire
Over 25 walks of varying lengths to suit different abilities and interests in the local area of Dursley, Gloucestershire. Full programme available early August.

5 – 7 October

South West Outdoor Festival
East Soar, Somerset
Offering options for a host of outdoor activities including kayaking, rock-climbing, cycling and more.

11 – 15 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!

28 April – 13 May

IsleWalk 2018
Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight Walking Festival returns with over 90 guided walks - some take place over three days, while others will simply take an hour out of your day as you explore this ‘England in Miniature’.

1 – 31 May

Alton Walking Festival
Alton, Hampshire
Come and walk in Jane Austen’s shoes during her local town’s walking festival in Alton this May, 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, to theatrical night ghost walks and long-distance rambles.

4 – 11 May

Walk the Chalk
Kent Downs
‘Walk the Chalk’ in Kent’s beautiful North Downs. As part of the Old Chalk New Downs Project, you’re invited to join a new walking festival celebrating and exploring the county’s chalk hills.

5 – 13 May

Stevenage Walking Festival
Stevenage, Hertfordshire
With a choice of walks, walkers can walk every day for a week, all locally on their doorstep. Stevenage has some fine walking areas, both within the boundaries of the Borough, and in the surrounding countryside.

19 - 28 May

1066 Walking Festival
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.

19 May – 3 June

Chilterns Walking Festival (Spring)
Various, Bucks/Herts/Oxon/Beds
Join experienced walk leaders for The Chilterns Walking Festival spring programme and explore the landscapes, scenic views and legendary tales of the four rural counties on North West London’s doorstep.

20 May – 3 June

Farnham Walking Festival
Farnham, Surrey
Following the great success of the first ever walking festival for Farnham in 2017, Farnham Town Council with a team of volunteer walk leaders and Breaking Free, will be holding a two week long free festival of walking.

2 – 3 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.

23 – 29 August

White Cliffs Walking Festival
Deal & Dover, Kent
Walks for everyone – short, long, interesting, challenging, and all fun. They are more than just walks ... they are experiences, ranging from heritage walks of a couple of miles to the 50-mile White Cliffs Challenge, put on for the festival by the Long Distance Walkers Association.

1 – 30 September

Guildford Walking Festival
Guildford, Surrey
Now in its 12th consecutive year, the Guildford Walking Festival currently offers 66 free, guided walks, with something for all ages and abilities. They range from a short ½ mile, 90 minute tour of Guildford town centre to a 13 mile section of the North Downs Way, plus a walk about local geology. The walks are offered by local walking organisations (some need advance booking).

8 – 16 September

Bedfordshire Walking Festival
9 days of strolls, informative and walkers walks in a county with interesting and very varied scenery. Plus the Greensand Ridge Challenge 40 miles over the last weekend. Organised by Ramblers for lovers of country walking.

15 – 23 September

High Weald Walking Festival
Explore one of the UK’s finest medieval landscapes at the first ever High Weald Walking Festival, completely free. Join experienced and knowledgeable guides on inspiring walks suitable for all ages and abilities, with themed routes covering local history, art, literature, wildlife and geology.

28 – 30 September

Haslemere Walking Festival
Haslemere, Surrey
Haslemere's fourth Walking Festival offers a three-day programme of free, varied and rewarding walks to suit all tastes, ages and abilities, with opportunities to learn about Haslemere’s fascinating history, its wildlife and much more while at the same time enjoy some charming walking areas both within Haslemere and the beautiful surrounding countryside.

6 – 8 October

Chilterns Walking Festival (Autumn)
Various, Bucks/Herts/Oxon/Beds
Join experienced walk leaders for The Chilterns Walking Festival autumn programme and explore the landscapes, scenic views and legendary tales of the four rural counties on North West London’s doorstep.

13 – 28 October

New Forest Walking Festival
New Forest, Hampshire
80 guided walks led by knowledgeable local experts to help you discover more about the history, heritage and wildlife of the Forest.

20 – 22 April

Kington Walks Spring Weekend
Kington, Herefordshire
Kington’s 7th annual walking festival this year is supplemented by a new spring walking festival. Join knowledgeable walk leaders and explore the beauty, heritage and culture of the Welsh Marches; from gentle ambles through fields of bluebells and orchards, to the demanding Eight Peaks Challenge.

5 – 19 May

Wye River Festival
Various, Herefordshire/Monmouthshire

5 – 13 May

Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival
Ironbridge, Shropshire
Guided walks of various lengths, all taking place around Telford’s stunning Ironbridge Gorge, where the Industrial Revolution began over 300 years ago.

11 – 13 May

International Waendel Walk
Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
Featuring new and improved routes with choices from 5, 10, 15, 25 and 42km for walkers of all ages and abilities. All routes travel across fields, footpaths and roads, whilst visiting places of interest and local villages in and around Wellingborough.

16 – 20 May

Bishop’s Castle Walking Festival
Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire
Five days walking: five walks of between five and sixteen miles every day; five evening events – all in the wonderful Shropshire hills. Join us at the friendliest of walking festivals.

12 – 20 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.

11 – 13 May

Whitchurch Walking Festival
Whitchurch, Shropshire
The 6th walking festival since Whitchurch became a Walkers are Welcome town. Includes a full programme of walks over the weekend, including evening events for all .

19 – 31 May

National Forest Walking Festival
Various, Leicestershire/Derbyshire

19 May – 1 June

Rutland Walking & Cycling Festival

26 May – 3 June

Malvern Hills Walking Festival
Various, Worcestershire/Herefordshire
This year’s festival (now in its 17th year) will be the biggest and best yet. There are 51 walks available over 9 days, from 1 to 18 miles, plus multiday trails. A wide variety of walk explore this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, for all abilities and interests: from history to gardens, music to farming.

28 May – 3 June

Corby Outdoors Festival
Corby, Northamptonshire
Now in its tenth year, Corby Outdoors Festival has walking at the heart of its programme, offering the opportunity to sample and appreciate some of the borough’s beautiful countryside and urban woodland areas.

3 June

Walsall Walking Festival
Walsall, West Midlands

16 – 24 June

Herefordshire Walking Festival
Various, Herefordshire
Nine days featuring walks of all lengths and difficulty. The Mortimer Trail walked over three days on the first weekend, themed walks from historical to farming to poetry to bats, including a 20-miler or a bike ride in the beautiful South Herefordshire countryside.

21 – 24 June

Church Stretton Walking Festival
Church Stretton, Shropshire

31 August – 3 September

Much Wenlock Walking Weekend
Much Wedlock, Shropshire
Much Wenlock, a 'Walkers are Welcome' town in Shropshire, will hold its weekend of walks, long and short, in and around the beautiful town and countryside.

10 – 16 September

Wellington Walking Festival
Wellington, Shropshire
Now in its 7th year, the festival revisits favourite walks and adds new events. These include a tour of the canal remains in Granville Park, a tour of the area around Madeley Court, and the opportunity to walk the 50 miles of the new Telford T50-50 route in stages. Full programme available in May.

1 September

Cleobury Mortimer Food & Ale Trail
Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire
A one day event of an 8 mile walk with 3 stops for local food and ale, starting and finishing in Cleobury Mortimer where there’s more food and entertainment. All inclusive tickets are £15.

15 – 21 September

Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival
Chesterfield, Worksop & Retford
Walks along every part of the Chesterfield Canal, which runs from Chesterfield, through Worksop and Retford, to the River Trent at West Stockwith. There will be a variety of lengths and types of walks – nature, history and wild food foraging. Highlights include walking the full length of the canal (46 miles) in three days and ‘Boats & Boots’ walks.

21 – 24 September

Kington Walking Festival
Kington, Herefordshire
For centuries a centre for drovers, Kington has developed an extensive web of footpaths awaiting discovery by today’s walkers.

28 – 30 September

Ross Walking Festival
Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
A programme of varied walks in and around the beautiful Wye Valley including a steam train walk, a lunch cruise and a cream tea. We are also featuring the Ross Buggy Walk which is a 4-mile route suitable for buggies, wheelchairs and pushchairs.

12 May – 3 June

Suffolk Walking Festival
Various, Suffolk
The 11th Suffolk Walking Festival launches on 12th May and is the largest festival to date, including the first Festival Fringe, a series of activities getting you into the very heart of Suffolk’s countryside.

19 May – 3 June

Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival
Various, Lincolnshire 
Over 100 walks in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, both long and short, for all ages and abilities. The Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival, now in its 14th year, offers 16 days of great walking across the East Midlands’ only Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With more than 100 walks on offer there is something for everyone!

29 September – 28 October

South Lincolnshire Walking Festival
Various, Lincolnshire
The South Lincolnshire Walking Festival, now in its 4th year, offers long and short walks for all ages and abilities with walks taking place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

17 – 25 February

Manchester Winter Walking Week
Greater Manchester
Over 100 free guided walks suitable for all ages and abilities. There are plenty of family walks to entertain the little ones over half term, difficult ones for those who like a challenge and many shorter walks on flat terrain for those who are less mobile.

28 April – 7 May

Ulverston WalkFest
Ulverston, Cumbria
The town of Ulverston in South Lakeland is once more hosting a series of walks and activities. The WalkFest has taken place each year since 1999 and has become a firm favourite with local walkers and those from much further away. The programme has been carefully chosen so that there are walks to appeal to all ages and abilities of between 1 mile and 10 miles. Many walks take in local and industrial history and give walkers an insight in to the rich heritage of the area while others take advantage of the surrounding hills and Lakeland Fells. Each walk will be led by a volunteer local walk leader.

1 – 7 May

Ride2stride Walking Festival
Settle, North Yorkshire
Ride2stride is a week of walks, talks and music. Walks are led from stations along the Settle-Carlisle railway line, speakers share their love of the area, and the pubs are buzzing with song. We have around 30 walks to choose from, from a gentle 4 mile stroll around Settle, led by creator of the Dales Way, Colin Speakman, to a super strenuous hike from Dent station, the highest in England, to Snaizeholme where walkers might be rewarded with a view of the red squirrels.

11 – 13 May

Kendal Walking Festival
Kendal, Cumbria
Kendal’s second walking festival consists of 14 guided walks, ranging from a 2-hour historical stroll around Kendal Town, to a 13 mile circuit (with 3700ft of ascent) of the Kentmere Horseshoe. The walks take place in the wonderful scenery that surrounds this beautiful town, superbly situated as a gateway to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. The festival also includes 6 talks.


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.


Garstang Walking Festival
Garstang, Lancashire

7 – 10 June

Keswick Mountain Festival
Keswick, Cumbria
One of the UK’s best loved events for outdoor enthusiasts. Walking plays a big part, along with a mix of other activities, speakers, live music and exhibitors for the whole family.

29 July

Westmorland Dales Day
Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria
A day of festivities including a selection of walks to showcase the area sandwiched in spectacular landscape and heritage between the Yorkshire Dales National Park and North Pennines AONB.

11 – 29 August

Pendle Walking Festival
Pendle, Lancashire
Guided walks every day to suit walkers of all abilities, ranging from easy walks of a couple of miles to fantastic challenge walks like The Pendle Way.

8 – 23 September

Walk & Ride Festival
South Pennines, Greater Manchester
16 days of celebration in the beautiful hills and valleys of South Pennines. Walking, horse riding, mountain, tow path & road cycling plus more... Activities and events for all levels of fitness and mobility. 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.

30 March – 2 April

Boroughbridge Walking Festival
Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire

28 April – 7 May

Haltwhistle Walking Festival
Haltwhistle, Northumberland
Enthusiastic, trained volunteers enjoy sharing the beautiful countryside around Haltwhistle and beyond, with walkers who come from far and wide. There are longer, shorter and Special Interest Walks.

7 May

Bingley Walking Festival
Bingley, West Yorkshire
Bingley Walkers are Welcome are very pleased to announce their second one-day Walking Festival! There will be five walks on offer, all starting from Market Square, but at different times.

26 – 28 May

WalkFest 2018
North York Moors
Discover hidden corners of the National Park with expert guides. Choose from challenging moor, dale and coastal walks plus get a flavour of Captain Cook’s life as a boy in the North York Moors as we mark the 250th anniversary of his first epic journey.

23 – 24 June

Rosedale Walking Festival
Rosedale Abbey, North Yorkshire
Explore this beautiful part of the North York Moors with local guides sharing their passion. Discover hidden Andy Goldsworthy sculptures and wildlife walks, or explore Rosedale's industrial past from the old ironstone railway to illicit glassmaking.

23 June – 1 July

Otley Walking Festival
Wharfedale, West Yorkshire
You will be sure of a warm welcome on the 18th Otley Walking Festival with 50 great walks in stunning Wharfedale. With good company and fantastic scenery assured there is a variety of walks – short town-based walks, strenuous moorland hikes and everything in between, plus full evening events programme. A highlight this year will be a walk commemorating the 300th anniversary of Thomas Chippendale.

30 June – 13 July

North Pennines Walking Festival
Various, County Durham/Cumbria
The North Pennines Walking Festival celebrates the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and UNESCO Global Geopark, with walks covering a variety of subjects including local history, nature and geology. Walks for a range of abilities and interests are included in the festival, and will take place around the AONB, with several of the walks being organised jointly with the AONB Partnership.

7 – 16 September

Sheffield Walking Festival
South Yorkshire
Over 30 walks exploring the UK’s Outdoor City. Discover Sheffield’s fascinating heritage on urban strolls or venture out to the city’s dramatic borders that overlap with the stunning Peak District for more challenging routes. For 2018, the festival will also be collaborating with Sheffield's Heritage Open Days for even greater variety.

TBC 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.


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.

22 – 30 September

Richmond Walking & Book Festival
Richmond, North Yorkshire
Two to three walks of varying lengths and difficulty, each in various locations in the northern Yorkshire Dales and Richmond; author events each evening in Richmond itself.

29 September – 7 October

Haltwhistle Autumn Walking Festival
Haltwhistle, Northumberland
This is a 9-day festival of guided walks when the changing colours of autumn enhance the landscape.

11 February / 14 April / 09 June /11 August /13 October

The Pumlumon Fawr 2468 Challenge Festival
Tregaron & Devil's Bridge, Ceredigion
Celebrating five famous trails to the summit of this 2468ft peak in the Cambrian Mountains. Organised by the Walkers are Welcome communities of Tregaron and Devil’s Bridge in Ceredigion. Raising money for Aberdyfi Search and Rescue Team. A Pimmslumon Party apres-walk event follows the fourth walk.

24 February – 4 March

Crickhowell Walking Festival
Crickhowell, Powys
Now in its eleventh 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.

4 – 8 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 many guided walks led by experienced local walk leaders.

20 – 22 April

Kington Walking Weekend
Kington, Powys
Kington’s 7th annual walking festival this year is supplemented by a new spring walking festival. Join knowledgeable walk leaders and explore the beauty, heritage and culture of the Welsh Marches; from gentle ambles through fields of bluebells and orchards, to the demanding Eight Peaks Challenge.

4 – 7 May

Talgarth Walking Festival
Talgarth, Powys
An opportunity to explore the Black Mountains – an unfrequented part of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The Festival programme has a range of themed walks exploring the local landscape, geology, history and nature, and how they are being managed. Local authors Horatio Clare and Owen Sheers will be discussing how the local landscape influences the literature of writers – past and present.

5 – 7 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.


Holywell Walking Festival
Holywell, Flintshire

9 – 16 May

Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival
This year, Wales celebrates the Year of the Sea: and the Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival will be a flagship event, piloting seascape treks throughout the beautiful coastal region. Now in its ninth year, the famous festival is one of the biggest free walking events of the year, organized by the charity Valeways. From a two-mile gentle stroll to an eight-mile stretch, many trails are themed: from nature to history and even music – all in the company of knowledgeable leaders. All events are free for all, just turn up and go.
Phone: 01446 749000

18 – 20 May

Prestatyn & Clwydian Range Walking Festival
Prestatyn, Denbighshire
Offering guided walks in an area of outstanding natural beauty, suitable for all ages and abilities ranging from short themed walks to the 20 mile Offa’s Dyke Path Challenge.

18 - 20 May

Trefriw Walking Festival
Trefriw, Conwy
A great selection of 20 walks, ranging from easy strolls to more challenging routes which celebrate the wonderful scenery, wildlife and history of this part of Snowdonia. This year there will be plenty of walks with a ‘watery’ context, highlighting Wales’ Year of the Sea as well as some classic mountain routes.

25 - 28 May

Llanelli Festival of Walks
Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

2 - 10 June

Gower Walking Festival
Gower Peninsula
Back after a few years’ break, the Gower Walking Festival explores the magical coastline of the UK's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty during Wales' Year of the Sea. It includes a range of walks on the coast and inland, catering for all abilities and tastes - from literature to wildlife, and pubs to history!

1 – 2 September

Corwen Walking Festival
Corwen, Denbighshire
A festival offering 28 guided walks in spectacular countryside over two days, including skills lectures and navigation training, an on site pop up outdoor shop and a 5k run. Don't miss the evening ghost walk on Saturday or a sunrise walk to Caer Drewyn the next day.

1 – 23 September

The Valleys Walking Festival
Blaenau Gwent
Explore the verdant Valleys on one of 16 walks delving into the heritage, landscapes and nature of South Wales. Routes range from moderate ecology walks to strenuous mountain outings.


Barmouth Walking Festival
Barmouth, Gwynedd

5 – 7 October

Montgomery Walking Festival
Montgomery, Powys
Six guided walks in fabulous, unspoilt Marches countryside including Hills Vales and Trails 23 mile challenge and the popular Family Fun Walk. Based in the fascinating historic town of Montgomery. Friday night is Oktoberfest at Monty's Brewery with band All Fired Up, food and Award winning beers. Saturday night is Noson yng Nghymru - Festival supper plus traditional Welsh music.

8 – 13 April

Walk Islay
Islay, Argyll & Bute

27 – 29 April

Galashiels Walking Festival
Galashiels, Borders

11 – 17 May

Newton Stewart Walking Festival
Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway
A week of over 30 guided walks and other events exploring the wild hills, rugged coastline and rolling countryside of Galloway in the south west of Scotland. Includes the ‘Ultimate Challenge’ walk, covering over 25km and taking in more than 2000m of ascent through some of the remotest parts of the Galloway Hills.

11– 13 May

Irvine Valley Walking Festival
Irvine Valley, East Ayrshire

18 – 21 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.

19 – 25 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.

31 May – 3 June

Angus Glens Walking Festival
Kirriemuir, Angus

15 – 24 June

Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival
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.

15 – 17 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.

2 – 8 September

Scottish Borders Walking Festival
Hawick, Borders
This year hosted by Hawick, the festival features the Borders Abbey Way. Explore the valleys of Teviotdale and Liddesdale and enjoy a day in the Cheviots.

14 – 16 September

Blairgowrie & East Perthshire Walking Festival
Blairgowrie, Perth & Kinross
A variety of walks on the Cateran Trail and with Munro bagging opportunities. The flagship walk is from Loch Muick to Auchallater via Lochnager. All walks have minibus transport and qualified guide.

17 – 24 September

North Lanarkshire Walking Festival
North Lanarkshire
Over eight days, 26 guided walks sample the 795km path network of North Lanarkshire. The varied programme includes walks in country parks, picturesque woodland and the starkly beautiful Moffat Hills. All the walks are free but booking is essential (01236 632838; email

5 – 12 October

Argyll & Bute
CowalFest Argyll is centred in Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula. The area is a walker and photographer's dream and CowalFest offers walks for all ages and abilities and evening entertainment too.

6 – 13 October

Drovers' Tryst Walking Festival
Crieff and Strathearn, Perthshire
Enjoy beautiful Perthshire with eight days of over 30 walks in small groups, of varying grades (extra hard to easy) and interests. There will also be a day of mountain biking and a social programme most evenings.


Walk the Glens Festival
Various, County Antrim

8 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


Glenarm Walking Festival
Glenarm, County Antrim