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Walking Festivals in Britain - May 2019

Here's a list of all the walking festivals and related events we know about happening during May 2019.

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


27th April - 6th May

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.

27th April - 6th 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  (2018 dates)

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.

27th April - 6th 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.

1st - 31st May (2018 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.

1st - 31st May (2018 dates)

Bristol Walk Fest 2018

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 sixth 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 (2018 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 (2018 dates)

Building upon the success of previous year's, 2018's Alton Walking 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.
This year’s Festival will offer walkers a range of guided walks that will allow them to explore the town and surrounding countryside. Whether they are looking to delve into the town’s history, enjoy the local shops, cafes and restaurants or are a keen walker looking to enjoy a day out in the East Hampshire Countryside, the programme will offer something for all ages and abilities.

1st - 7th May (2018 dates - has been announced as cancelled for 2019 but moves are on to run it again - 7th August)

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.

4th - 19th May

Following its rebirth last year, 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.

3rd - 6th May

Talgarth Walking Festival

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

4th - 11th May (2018 dates)

Walk the Chalk
As part of a heritage lottery funded project, the new Walk the Chalk Festival will encourage people to access the beautiful Kent Downs on a mix of guided and self-guided walks, running between May 4th and 11th.

4th - 6th May

Llangollen Walking Festival

A series of walks in the Llangollen area.

5th - 13th May (2018 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.

4th - 12th May

Stevenage Walking Festival

The 7th 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.

6h May

Bingley Walking Festival
Bingley Walkers are Welcome are very pleased to announce their second one day Walking Festival to be held on Bank Holiday Monday May 6th. 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  

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 third 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.

And while you are here, why not stay on a few extra days and sample the nearby castles, gardens, and other attractions.

10th - 12th May

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

10th - 16th May

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

11th - 13th May (2018 dates)

International Waendel Walk
A long walking weekend with routes from 5km to 42km (26 miles) in Northamptonshire, with new and improved routes for 2018.

11th - 19th May

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.

12th - 28th May (2018 dates)

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.

11th May - 2nd June

Suffolk Walking Festival
The 12th Suffolk Walking Festival is going to be the largest festival to date with over 120 events spread across 3 weeks. This year also sees the introduction of the first ever Fringe Festival, a series of activities that are designed to get you close to nature in the very heart of Suffolk’s countryside.

13th - 19th 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 6 day period.

15th - 19th May

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 20th walking festival offers a great choice of five 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.

17th - 19th May

Trefriw Walking Festival
Join us for Snowdonia's most popular walking festival - three days of glorious walking, offering a choice of 20 walks with something for everyone every day.  Trefriw is on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, and on our walks we'll be offering - as ever - hills, valleys, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, forests, and even the sea.  

17th - 19th May

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

17th - 19th May

Keswick Mountain Festival
One of the big events in the outdoor calendar, with walking, cycling, running, climbing, paddling, music and gear displays all packed into a long weekend.

17th - 20th 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.

18th May - 2nd 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.

19th - 25th May (2018 dates)

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 - 28th May (2018 dates)

1066 Walking Festival
This walking festival for 1066 Country features walks to suit all ages and abilities over the 1066 area.  Enjoy guided walks along coast and through the countryside of the High Weald AONB.  Over the festival there will be long and short walks to suit all tastes and fitness levels.  Many of these will be free of charge, or by donation request.

19th - 31th May (2018 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.

25th May - 9th June

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

20th - 27th May   (2018 dates)

Farnham Walking Festival
New last year 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.

25th - 28th May   (2018 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.

24th - 27th May

WalkFest 2019 - Cleveland Way 50th Anniversary
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

25th May - 2nd June

Malvern Walking Festival
This year’s programme, now in its 18th year, is the biggest and best ever for the Malvern Walking Festival, with 51 walks available over the 9 day programme - making it one of the largest walking festivals in southern England.  Add to that, the fact that the Malvern Hills are in an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty and it’s not surprising the Festival is proving so popular.
There are a wide variety of walks available on this year’s Festival so there’s something for everybody regardless of their ability or interests.  Some of the walks are short and themed including history, gardens, geology, Elgar’s music, trees and farming and some are more challenging.

30th May - 2nd June

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