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Walking Festivals in Britain - September 2018

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

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


25th August - 2nd September

Dartmoor Walking Festival

In what promises to be a fantastic showcase of all that Dartmoor National Park has to offer, the Dartmoor Walking Festival will offer a variety of walks, talks and events throughout its 9 day programme. The Festival is being organised by the Moorland Guides, who will be offering a variety of half and full days walks across the whole of the National Park. In addition to this will be some Dartmoor National Park Authority Ranger-led walks, providing an insight into the work they do.

31st August - 2nd September

Bradford-on-Avon Walking Festival

With this years' theme focusing on the geology of the area and how this has shaped the environment, the 2018 Festival organised by the Bradford on Avon Walkers are Welcome Group promises to be another year event.  With walks for all ages and abilities ranging from 1.5 to 15 miles it’s a Festival for everyone.

1st September

Cleobury Mortimer Food & Ale Trail

The Food and Ale trail is back for 2018 over a new 8 miles route that goes via Bransley to Hopton Wafers and returning via Broome Park Farm  to the Sports and Social Club. Great local food at 3 stops and at the finish, washed down by delicious Hobsons Beer or a soft drink.

1st - 2nd September

Corwen Walking Festival

Corwen is a fantastic venue for this type of event and is a wonderful base for walking enthusiasts as it offers walks from the town that suit all levels of walking.  From walks around Corwen itself, finding out about the history of the town, to a high level ridge walk along the Berwyn reaching over 800 metres in height, the Corwen Walking Festival has it all.  There's guided walks on both days and you have the choice of a full day walk or, with some of the shorter walks, doing one in the morning and another in the afternoon.

1st - 9th September

Gillingham Walking Festival

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.

2nd - 8th September

The Scottish Borders Walking Festival
The Scottish Borders Walking Festival, the oldest established walking festival in Scotland, has a reputation for being one of the friendliest walking festivals of the year - and 2018 marks its' 24th year.

3rd - 18th September   (2017 dates - This festival might not be running this year)

The Welsh Valleys Walking Festival
12th annual festival and there is plenty to tempt walkers of all abilities - from walks for the serious enthusiast looking to stretch themselves whilst basking in the breathtaking beauty of The Valleys scenery to shorter walks suitable for the less experienced and for all the family.  All walks are led by experienced walk leaders whose local knowledge is guaranteed to add to the experience.


7th - 16th September  

Sheffield Walking Festival
Strap on your boots and take in Sheffield on foot as Sheffield Walking Festival returns 7 - 16 September 2018. Over ten days, the festival presents a host of enjoyable walks for a range of abilities, with plenty to see and discover along the way.

The festival celebrates all sides of Sheffield with 34 routes of varying lengths and themes. Take in the city’s varied heritage, fascinating suburbs, hidden outdoor art and eclectic pubs, or enjoy a family themed walk including a picnic and paddle.

Several walks will once again showcase the city’s dramatic borders that overlap with the Peak District, while others will shine a light on the city’s more central nature reserves and green spaces.

8th - 15th September

South East Cornwall Walking Festival

Running for over a decade now, the South East Cornwall Walking Festival is a weeklong festival of walks around south east Cornwall taking in seaside villages, rural hamlets, the Tamar Valley and edge of Bodmin Moor.

8th - 16th September  

Bedfordshire Walking Festival
Celebrating ten years of the event in 2018, the Bedfordshire Walking Festival is an established fixture in the Bedfordshire calendar. Walks for almost every ability level, from short 1-2 mile health Walks, 3-4 mile ambles and special interest walks.  For the more adventurous, rambler-led walks ranging from 5 to12 miles and for people who like a challenge the Greensand Ridge Challenge two-day hike along the Greensand Ridge has been included in previous years.

9th - 17th September  

Yorkshire Wolds Walking and Outdoors Festival
The Yorkshire Wolds Walking and Outdoors Festival has grown in reputation, showcasing the wonderful landscape and celebrating the rich heritage of the Yorkshire Wolds. Pick from an exciting range of outdoor pursuits including cycling, special interest and historical walks, horse riding, Nature Safaris, Bushcraft, Nordic walking, specialist guided walks, boat trips or even a Buddhist experience plus lots more.

9th - 24th September  

South Pennines Walk & Ride Festival
With over 100 opportunities this year to explore our stunning landscape – whether on foot, on cycle or on horseback – we’re sure you’ll find something to get you reaching for your boots, your lycra or your stirrups
- all across the stunning South Pennines.

11th - 17th September

Wellington Walking Festival

In its' fifth year, the Willington Walking Festival has a wide range of walks around the town of Walkers Are Welcome town of Wellington.

14th - 16th September  

Somer Valley Walking Festival
This festival is perfect for introducing walkers to what is now a delightful walking landscape in the former coalfield area around Radstock, Paulton and Peasedown, North East Somerset.  The weekend opens with a talk at the Radstock Museum; on Saturday there will be short walks based around the local towns and villages and on the morning of Sunday, the Festival will conclude with at least four longer walks ( 6 to 12miles ) to choose from.

15th - 17th September

Blairgowrie & East Perthshire Walking Festival

3 days of different lengths of walks with different grades over this beautiful terrain.

15th - 23rd September

Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival

The first Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival will include walks along the entire 46 miles from Chesterfield to West Stockwith, including the unrestored section. There will be a great variety of lengths and different times of day from which to choose and lots of speciality walks including: History, Wildlife, Engineering, Wheelchair and Family Friendly.

15th - 23rd September

Bathscape Landscape Partnership aims to reconnect people with the unique natural setting of Bath and the surrounding area through the nine days of the walking festival.

15th - 23rd September

High Weald Walking Festival

Explore one of the UK’s most historic and beautiful landscapes at the first ever High Weald Walking Festival, running from 15 to 23 September 2018 and completely free. The new event will showcase the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty like never before. Experienced and knowledgeable guides will lead a host of inspiring walks suitable for all ages and abilities, with themed routes covering local history, art, literature, wildlife and geology.

16th - 24th September

Swanage & Purbeck Walking Festival
The beautiful Isle of Purbeck is a walker’s paradise.  From coast to country, the variety is unsurpassed.

16th - 25th September

Barmouth Festival of Walking
The Festival of Walking is a well established event organised by Barmouth Publicity Association to take advantage of the fabulous walks and dramatic landscape accessible from Barmouth, on the west coast of Wales.

21st - 24th September

Kington Walks
Kington is a picturesque walking hub on trails including Offa’s Dyke and the Mortimer Trail and criss-crossed by ancient drovers’ routes. The 2018
Festival features over 30 walks varying in length from 1 to 14+ miles, led by experienced guides who will share their knowledge of the landscape, history, flora or fauna of this part of the Welsh Marches; there are also some self-led walks including a challenge for the more competitive walker!

21st - 24th September

Pateley Bridge Walking Festival

The 6th annual Pately Bridge Walking Festival.  We offer a programme of walks to appeal to people of all abilities. Each one is led by an experienced walk leader keen to share their local knowledge and, of course, ensure everyone is kept safe throughout. The walks are centred around the historic market town of Pateley Bridge.

22nd - 24th September

Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival

The 9th annual Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival will have a range of walks in and around the Walkers are Welcome town.

22nd - 28th September

Sidmouth and East Devon Walking Festival

A fabulous week of free guided walks; discover the wonderful scenic coastal walking of Sidmouth and the hidden gems of East 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.  2018 sees the 25th anniversary of the East Devon Way, a 40 mile walk from Exmouth to Lyme Regis that passes through eight villages and crosses five rivers, showcasing the variety of East Devon habitats.  Over 5 days we walk the 40 miles, each morning the coach (£) from Sidmouth will take us to the start of the day’s walk and collect us in the afternoon for the return to Sidmouth.

23rd September - 1st October

Richmond Walking & Book Festival

The Festival is centred on the lively and picturesque market town of Richmond which boasts everything you need to ensure a wonderful day or longer stay, whether a solo traveller or a group of friends.  Our walks programme offers at least 4 walks to choose from each day and features the route of the Swaledale Marathon; you can enjoy some of Swaledale's finest scenery at a more sedate pace.  The book programme features famous authors and a popular book fair held in Richmond's beautiful station.

23rd September - 8th October

Guernsey Autumn Walking Festival
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.

28th - 30th September

Ross Walking Festival

Another opportunity to spend a weekend in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside. 15 guided walks on 3 days including for the first time a four miles route around the town suitable for users of wheelchairs, electric scooters and childrens buggies.

29th September - 1st October

Haslemere Walking Festival

Haslemere's third walking 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.

29th September - 28th October

South Lincolnshire Walking Festival

From the Lincoln Edge in the west to the Fenlands of the east South Lincolnshire has an extremely varied landscape that has witnessed Bronze Age burials, Iron Age mints, roman forts, the Knights Templar, castles and abbeys. But the festival isn’t only for history lovers! Whether you want to roam with Ramblers, have an adventure with your kids, get snapping on a photography foray or take you pooch out for a guided ‘walkies’, there’s something for everyone. The walks will take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays so that those who work or want to involve the family don’t miss out.

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