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Walking Festivals in Britain - September 2019

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

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


24th August - 1st 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 - 1st 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 September  (2018 date)

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 - 23rd September  (2018 dates)

The Welsh Valleys Walking Festival
13th 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.

1st - 30th September

Guildford WalkFest
Running throughout September, Walkfest is a series of organised walks designed to encourage people of all ages to get out and enjoy the town of Guildford and beautiful countryside in and around the area.

4th - 8th 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.

6th - 8th 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 2019 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.

7th - 10th September  (2018 dates)

Millennium Way Walking Festival
The first ever walking festival from the team behind the Millennium Way in Worcestershire, featuring 8 of the circular walks through the lovely Worcestershire countryside, one each morning and one each afternoon.  The walks are between 3 and 8 miles in length, and there is also a walk specially set up on Sunday afternoon for the less able, which is known as the Easy Access Walk - perfect for cross country wheelchairs and those with physical restrictions.

7th - 14th 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 2019 marks its' 25th year.

7th - 22nd September

South Pennines Walk & Ride Festival
EXPLORE! The South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival 2019 -  an area blessed with calm stretches of open water, rivers, woodlands, crags, farmland, pack-horse trails and moorland with distinctive heritage and culture.  With a good mix of walking, cycling, mountain biking and horse riding events accessible to people with differing experience of participating in these recreational activities it is your opportunity to come and explore this wonderful landscape with the benefit of guides who know the area like the back of their hand.

8th - 16th September    (2018 dates)

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.

8th - 16th September    (2018 dates)

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 - 15th September

Wellington Walking Festival

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

12th - 15th September

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


South East Cornwall Walking Festival - NOT RUNNING IN 2019

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.


13th - 22nd September

Sheffield Walking Festival
Strap on your boots and take in Sheffield on foot as Sheffield Walking Festival returns 13 - 22 September 2019. 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.
14th - 16th September  (2018 dates)

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.
14th - 16th September   - Cancelled for 2018

Blairgowrie & East Perthshire Walking Festival

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

14th - 22nd September

Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival

The second 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.

14th - 22nd 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.

14th - 22nd 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 14 to 22 September 2019 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.

14th - 23rd 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.

14th - 29th September

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.

15th - 30th September  (2018 dates)

Autumn Footprints Festival

The Autumn Footprints Festival offers a great choice of 42 free guided walks across 16 days set in the picturesque Derbyshire countryside.  

Led by knowledgeable local volunteers and staff keen to show off their patch, you will discover a wide variety of walks to explore local heritage, natural history and wildlife.  The routes take in walks alongside rivers and canals, as well as through open countryside, towns and villages.

17th - 24th September  (2018 dates)

North Lanarkshire Walking Festival

From easy strolls around parks to longer rambles through open countryside - there's something for everyone at this years  Walking Festival.  The programme offers walks for families with young children and those new to walking as well as ramblers looking to go further afield.  This week long event includes 26 walks taking place in different locations and attractions.  All the walks are free but booking is essential.

19th - 22nd 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 2019
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  (2018 dates)

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.

21st - 27th 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.

21st - 29th September

Bollington Walking Festival

2019 sees Bollington’s 10th Walking Festival, and again it features a great programme of walks and social events.  This year is planned around 40 walks to cover all abilities and age ranges.

27th - 29th September

Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival

The 11th annual Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival will have a range of walks in and around the Walkers are Welcome town.

27th- 29th September

South West Outdoor Festival
The South West Outdoor Festival returns for 2019 with tons to do whether you’re camping or here for a day, festival entry includes all sorts of guided adventures, interactive learning experiences and entertainment (speakers, films and live music)

27th - 29th September

Cowalfest2019 Walking and Arts Festival

Cowalfest offers a 8 day festival during October. This annual Walking and Outdoors Festival is one of the largest and most varied walking festivals in Scotland, with more than 60 walks led by expert and knowledgeable walk leaders.

28th - 30th September  (2018 dates)

Conwy Walks

Free guided walks in this lovely North Wales town.

28th September - 6th 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.

29th September - 1st October  (2018 dates)

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.

28th September - 6th October  

Haltwhistle Walking Festival
The autumn Festival offers 19 walks to choose from over 9 days.

28th September - 27th October

South Lincolnshire Walking Festival

The South Lincolnshire Walking Festival is back for its 5th year, offering 14 days of walking spread over 5 weekends.  In 2018, the festival offered 61 walks, with a varied programme offering something for all ages and abilities, with walks ranging from 0.5 miles to 26 miles.  Many of the walks are suitable for wheelchair users and accessible with pushchairs, so truly family friendly.  Dogs are also welcome on many of the walks.

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