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
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
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.
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 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
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
The 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.
8th - 15th September
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.
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 - 23rd September
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
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 - 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 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
22nd - 28th September
23rd September - 1st October
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
29th September - 1st October
29th September - 28th October