Walking Festivals in Britain - May 2018 - Walks Around Britain

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Here's a list of all the walking festivals and related events we know about happening during May 2018.

If you know of a festival or event taking place we haven't got listed, please get in touch with us here.


21st April - 1st May  (2017 dates)

Dawlish Walking Festival
The second Walking Festival in Dawlish celebrates the wonderful walking in the town, in nearby wooded hills, and by the sea along the red rocky coast.

28th April - 7th May

Haltwhistle Spring Walking Festival
The Northumberland walking festival returns.  We provide your gateway to Hadrian's Wall Country, Northumberland National Park and the North Pennines AONB.  
Every day there is a longer and a shorter walk. On four days there will also be a Special Interest walk.

28th April - 7th May

Ulverston WalkFest
Set on the fringe of the beautiful Lake District the annual Ulverston walking festival celebrates the town and surrounding area’s rich history. The festival programme will offer walks for all ages and abilities including the Sir John Barrow Amble, a walk in the footsteps of the Quakers, "Walks for Wheels", nature walks and map reading activities.

22nd April - 1st May  (2017 dates)

Frodsham Festival of Walks

Frodsham Festival of Walks is a series of guided walks around the Frodsham area, organised by Frodsham Town Council each year.

28th April - 1st May   (2017 dates)

Isle of Man Walking Festival

A 4-day, fully-guided festival over the early May bank holiday. Discover the Isle of Man’s fascinating history, culture, geography and wildlife in a beautiful landscape made for walkers. A festival pass £30.

28th April - 1st May  (2017 dates)

Talgarth Walking Festival

Celebrate Spring's arrival at Talgarth's fifth Walking Festival. We have castles and mountains, red kites and otters, an ancient hill fort, burial mounds, waterfalls, and a restored watermill.

28th April - 13th May

Isle Walk2018
Following its rebirth last year, IsleWalk2018 returns with local and visiting walkers of all ages and abilities setting off on trails across the Island’s picturesque landscape. Walkers will get up close and personal with the best of the Island's stunning scenery, as they journey from the beautiful chalky cliffs of the west coast to the lush green rolling hills of the east.

29th April - 7th May  (2017 dates)

Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival
This year's festival is offering 57 walks over 9 days in and around the Ironbridge Gorge. There is something for all abilities from short 3 or 4 mile afternoon or evening walks to all day treks with a different walk of approximately 20 miles on 7 of the 9 days and everything in between.

If you have not been before you have nothing to lose (well perhaps a couple of pounds!) and the opportunity to make some new friends. To those who have joined us before, we look forward to welcoming you back, as friends.

30th April - 7th May   (2017 dates)

North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival
Now in its 16th year, the festival is one in two halfs - North Devon for the first half of the week, and Exmoor in the last.  Possibly the UKs most scenic walking festival...

1st May  (2017 date)

Bingley Walking Festival
Bingley Walkers are Welcome are very pleased to announce their first one day Walking Festival to be held on Bank Holiday Monday May 1st - and if successful, this will be the first of many Walking Festivals in the town.  There will be four walks on offer starting from different venues and at different times.

1st - 7th May

ride2sride - The Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival
ride2stride is a festival of walks, talks and music along the fabulous Settle-Carlisle railway line.  It's a week long celebration of the wonderful landscape and culture of the western Dales and Eden Valley.  The festival is made up of lots of events and activities and things will be happening along the length of the line. Walks will be led from stations by experienced walk leaders. Speakers will share their local knowledge and love of the area, and the pubs will be buzzing with music and song.

1st - 31st May  (2017 dates)

Bristol Walk Fest 2017

Take part in the annual walking festival and discover the best walks that Bristol and its surrounding areas have to offer.  Bristol Walk Fest (Bristol Walking Festival) features over 150 of the best walks in and around Bristol.  The festival aims to attract a wide audience from those that are very new to walking to the more experienced rambler.

1st - 31st May  (2017 dates)

Cardiff’s walking festival now takes place during the National Walking Month of May, with an extended programme to cover the whole month rather than for one week.

1st - 31st May  (2017 dates)

This month long festival offers 300 free guided walks across all ten districts of Greater Manchester and beyond. Walks are on offer for all ages, abilities and interests.

5th - 7th May

Llangollen Walking Festival

A series of walks in the Llangollen area.

5th - 13th May

Stevenage Walking Festival
The 6th Stevenage Walking Festival features 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.

6th - 14th May  (2017 dates)

Chesterfield Area Walking Festival
Enjoy the Chesterfield area on foot by taking part in this nine day walking festival featuring 58 walks. Discover the pretty Derbyshire village of Ashover, find out what’s so fascinating about trees or search out the Florence Nightingale connection at Pleasley Pit Country Park.

6th - 14th May  (2017 dates)

Short walks, bushcraft skills, country skills and the four-day Wrye Way challenge are all included in this nine day walking festival.

11th - 13th May

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

11th - 17th May

Newton Stewart Walking Festival
A week of guided walks exploring the wild hills, rugged coastline and rolling countryside of Galloway, south west Scotland.

12th May - 14th May  (2017 dates)

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

12th - 28th May

Guernsey Spring Walking Festival
Spring is a perfect time to explore the beautiful blossoming coastlines or amble around Guernsey. Whether you want to take a short walk, a more serious coastal ramble or discover our beautiful ancient town, the Spring Walking Festival has walks to suit everyone.

Guided walks include coastal, inland and town walks, historical, nature and the arts; all led by the Bailiwick of Guernsey’s gold and silver Accredited Guides.

13th May - 25th May  (2017 dates)

The National Forest Walking Festival
Join us for a host of varied walks to explore this ever changing landscape. With over 70 to choose from there walks to suit every taste and ability, from gentle strolls to strenuous rambles and routes to cater for seasoned walkers as well as pushchairs, wheelchairs and family groups.

13th May - 4th June  (2017 dates)

Suffolk Walking Festival
The annual Suffolk Walking Festival, where walkers enjoy 'walking with words', scary tales and woodland wonders.

14th - 21st May

Coleford Area Walking Festival
The Coleford area abounds in natural beauty, intriguing history and is a playground for outdoor pursuits. It has been crying out for its own walking festival. Coleford Area Walking Festival has been a collaborative project led by Coleford Area Partnership and Coleford Town Council and will play host to 25 walks over a 7 day period.

16th - 20th May

Bishop’s Castle Walking Festival
Bishop’s Castle lies in wonderful unspoilt country, surrounded by the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  With hundreds of miles of footpaths leading over high, open hilltops, and through narrow, winding valleys, tiny hamlets and the remains of ancient hill forts, it’s no wonder Bishop’s Castle has always attracted walkers.

18th - 20th May

Trefriw Walking Festival
Three days of free walks and guided tours around Snowdonia.

18th - 20th May

Winchcombe Cotswolds Walking Festival
The annual walking festival welcomes walkers to the Winchcombe, the walking centre for the Cotswolds.

18th - 21st May

Isle of Arran Mountain Festival
The Arran Mountain Festival is an exciting four day event of guided walking and scrambling in the Isle of Arran’s hills and mountains.

19th - 25th May

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

19th May - 3rd June

Chilterns Walking Festival
The second Chilterns Walking Festival will take place in 2018 and promises an exciting programme of hikes, guided tours and special events right across the Chilterns.

19th May - 3rd June

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

19th May - 3rd June

Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival
Supported by the Lincolnshire Ramblers, the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival will feature over 80 walks largely based in the delightful Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Walks are led by knowledgeable and experienced local guides with themed walks and outings for different ability levels on offer during the festival.

20th May - 2nd June  (2017 dates)

Rutland Walking Festival
The Rutland Walking and Cycling Festival is back for its eight year and bigger and better than ever. Active Rutland leads the event and it will include family, inclusive and senior cycle rides plus two great launch events at Rutland Water and Ketton Sports Association. The popular festival is a fun packed celebration of Rutland and its glorious countryside.

21st - 28th May  (2017 dates)

Farnham Walking Festival
New for 2017 and ending with Farnham Town Council’s 'Step into Spring', this walking festival will help you discover historic Farnham and the beautiful surrounding area through a range of free guided walks. They include discovering life in the castle, industrial heritage, public art, walking skills the natural landscape surrounding the town.

23rd - 28th May  (2017 dates)

Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival
Those who have never visited this part of Wales, situated on the coast between the Gower and Cardiff, will enjoy walking through fertile, rolling lowland countryside adjoining the spectacular Heritage Coast with towering cliffs and remote beaches.  The Vale as its known locally is a maze of footpaths, country lanes, little villages, fine dining and country inns.

26th - 29th May  (2017 dates)

Llanelli Festival of Walks
Llanelli Ramblers organise and host the Llanelli Festival of Walks which is an annual event that has attracted hundreds of visitors to the town since its beginnings in 1995 and has established Llanelli as a popular centre for walking.

26th - 28th May

WalkFest 2018
Come to the North York Moors National Park over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend for the return of our walking festival and enjoy a great programme of guided themed walks in some very special places. We'll have walks for all ages and abilities; expert guides from the worlds of archaeology, wildlife, conservation, even brewing; children’s treasure hunts to moorland hikes; afternoon tea strolls and steam train rides

26th May - 3rd June

Malvern Walking Festival
9 Days of Themed Walks in Elgar Country.

29th May - 4th June  (2017 dates)

Corby Walking Festival
A varied series of walks to suit all abilities and tastes with some themed to include local history and photography. The festival features walks over short distances right up to the complete 35 mile Around Corby walking route, tackled over two days.

31st May - 3rd June

Angus Glen Walking Festival
Spectacular guided walks over 4 days through the stunning Angus Glens.
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