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The Walking Festival programme for 2020 was badly affected by the Coronavirus situation.  Hopefully by 2021, we'll be able to get out walking in a group again.  So, here's a list of all the walking festivals and related events we know are happening in 2021 so far.  

We've had to split May into two pages... so below are the festivals up to the 14th May, and festivals from the 15th May onwards are on this page.

If you have any further information, please get in touch with us here.


24th April - 3rd May   -  CONFIRMED FOR 2021

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.


Mole Valley Ramblers - Spring Walks Festival

A ten day Walks Festival with the aim to encourage anyone to experience the Surrey countryside, exercise for healthy living and walk with a friendly group. There’s something for everyone, short walks, long walks, leisurely to challenging, with pubs, picnics, and even an evening/night walks, plus the challenge to walk 100 miles.


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.

27th April - 3rd May  - CONFIRMED FOR 2021

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.

30th April - 3rd May  - CONFIRMED FOR 2021

Talgarth Walking Festival

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


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.

1st - 31st May  - DETAILS YET TO BE CONFIRMED FOR 2021

Bristol Walk Fest 2021

The city’s hugely popular, annual walking festival – Bristol Walk Fest, a celebration of walking and walks throughout the city, takes place again throughout the month of May.  Now in its seventh successful year, regularly attracts over 500 walkers from across the city and beyond.  Each year there is a variety of walking events on offer. 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.  The mostly free events are for all ages from young to old and all levels of fitness are welcome – walk distances range from less than a mile to more than ten.

1st - 31st May  - DETAILS YET TO BE CONFIRMED FOR 2021

Building upon the success of previous year's, 2020's Alton Walking & Cycling Festival is throughout the entire month of May.  The Festival will also aim to encourage those who have not considered walking before to actively log their progress to being able to complete a 5 km walk by the end of the month and hopefully encourage them to continue walking as a positive step towards their health and well-being.

2nd - 10th May  - DETAILS YET TO BE CONFIRMED FOR 2021

Stevenage Walking Festival

The 8th 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.


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.

2nd - 10th May  - DETAILS YET TO BE CONFIRMED FOR 2021

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.

2nd - 17th May  - DETAILS YET TO BE CONFIRMED FOR 2021

Following its rebirth in 2018, the Isle of Wight Walking Festival 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.


Garstang Walking Festival

Nine days of walks for everyone to explore Garstang and its beautiful countryside surroundings in the 15th year of the festival.


Isle of Harris Mountain Festival

The Isle of Harris Mountain Festival is a week-long celebration of the mountains of and coastline of Harris.  The Festival offers you the opportunity to get out and explore the unique landscapes of Harris, with its rugged hills, white sandy beaches and turquoise seas.  The interior of North and South Harris encompass some of the finest areas of wild land in Scotland, offering limitless possibilities for walking and exploring.

8th - 10th May  - DETAILS YET TO BE CONFIRMED FOR 2021

Llangollen Walking Festival

A series of walks in the Llangollen area.

8th - 10th May  - DETAILS YET TO BE CONFIRMED FOR 2021

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

8th - 11th May  - DETAILS YET TO BE CONFIRMED FOR 2021

Kendal Walking Festival
The Kendal Walking Festival offers an opportunity to explore this wonderful town, with its roots embedded so deeply in the peaceful  landscapes that surround it.  The festival has something for everyone regardless of his or her walking capabilities, including an appearance of the town's most famous resident - the original walking writer Alfred Wainwright.

This is the fourth year of the Kendal Walking Festival, and there are 21 walks and events on offer throughout the three days - from a historical walk around Kendal to a 13 mile hike around the Kentmere Horseshoe.

8th - 14th May  - DETAILS YET TO BE CONFIRMED FOR 2021

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

9th - 17th May  - DETAILS YET TO BE CONFIRMED FOR 2021

Chesterfield Area Walking Festival

Enjoy the Chesterfield area on foot by taking part in this nine day walking festival.  With 54 walks to choose from there’s got to be one that suits you whether it’s boarding a narrowboat for a trip on the Chesterfield Canal followed by a walk back to Hollingwood Hub, a walk starting with a ride on a bus, or a walk and talk about Chesterfield’s black and white buildings.

9th - 17th May  - DETAILS YET TO BE CONFIRMED FOR 2021

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 an 8 day period.

9th - 31st May  - DETAILS YET TO BE CONFIRMED FOR 2021

Suffolk Walking Festival
Join us during the National Walking Month of May for the 13th annual Suffolk Walking Festival, now established as one of Britain’s biggest and longest running walking festivals.  With so much more than just walking, there is something for everyone: lots of short, medium, and long walks, and Nordic Walking too.  You can experience ‘Forest Bathing’ (Shinrin-Yoku) Mindful Nature Walks, discover the Romans and Normans, and learn about the Cold War at Bentwaters.  Last year’s festival left an incredible 29 million footprints over 23 days across the county!  This year’s event extends 9th May to 31st May and over 3 weeks you can explore Suffolk with over 120 guided walks and lots to do in the Spring Half Term.


Bingley Walking Festival
Bingley Walkers are Welcome are very pleased to announce their third one day Walking Festival to be held on Bank Holiday Monday May 10th.  After the success we had last year, we hope to make this one even better.  There will be five walks on offer – one more than last year – all starting from Market Square but at different times.

10th - 12th May - DETAILS YET TO BE CONFIRMED FOR 2021

International Waendel Walk
A long walking weekend with routes from 5km to 42km (26 miles) in Northamptonshire.

11th - 12th May  - DETAILS YET TO BE CONFIRMED FOR 2021

The MK Walking Festival consists of a variety of walks, held across two days, for all ages and abilities to come together and explore somewhere different.

13th - 16th May  - CONFIRMED FOR 2021

Wotton Walking Festival
The third Wotton Walking Festival takes place in 2021 around the town and the surrounding countryside with a three day festival.

13th - 16th May  - CONFIRMED FOR 2021

Bishop’s Castle Walking Festival
Bishop’s Castle is a small market town surrounded by the wonderful Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty, near the Welsh border and off the beaten track.  It is a welcoming place.  The 21st walking festival offers a great choice of four walks every day, all beautiful, all guided by local people who know the area.  Walks vary between five and sixteen miles.  They take walkers over wide open hills, through winding valleys, tiny hamlets and past ancient hill forts.

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