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Walking Festivals in Britain - September 2020

The Walking Festival programme for 2020 has obviously been affected by the continuing Coronavirus situation.  Here's a list of all the walking festivals and related events we know about happening in September 2020.

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


White Cliffs Walking Festival

2020 is the seventh walking festival, with new walks with a particular emphasis on culture and nature as well as some of great scenic beauty. There's something for everything with a wide range of walks to suit everyone.  This festival will encourage you to take a break and get to know some of our wonderful local countryside, whether you are an experienced walker or not.

30th August - 2nd September (2019 dates with 2019 info) - CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS UNTIL NEXT YEAR

Much Wenlock Walking Festival

The walking festival from the Walkers are Welcome team in Much Wenlock offer 12 walks of different levels through the lovely countryside around the town.

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.


Bradford-on-Avon Walking Festival

The annual walking festival is organised by the Bradford on Avon Walkers are Welcome Group, eith walks for all ages and abilities ranging from 1.5 to 15 miles it’s a Festival for everyone.

4th - 7th September

Much Wenlock Walking Festival

The walking festival from the Walkers are Welcome team in Much Wenlock offer 12 walks of different levels through the lovely countryside around the town.

5th - 6th 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.


Millennium Way Walking Festival
The second 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.

5th - 12th September   - CANCELLED FOR 2020 DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

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.

7th - 15th September (2019 dates)

Bedfordshire Walking Festival
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 to 12 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.


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.

9th - 13th 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.

11th - 13th September (2020 dates with 2019 info)

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.

11th - 20th September

Sheffield Walking Festival
The Sheffield Walking Festival is run in collaboration with Heritage Open Days and features up to 40 walks over ten days, ranging from short urban history and heritage strolls led by experts, through intermediate walks within the rural suburbs, to longer and more challenging routes across the wild moors and beautiful countryside of the Peak National Park.  All walks are FREE to attend and can be reached by car or public transport from the city centre.  The full itinerary of walks will be published and available for booking from the beginning of July.

11th - 25th September (2019 dates with 2019 info)

The Welsh Valleys Walking Festival
14th 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.

12th - 15th September (2019 dates with 2019 info)

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

12th - 20th September

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.

12th - 20th September

High Weald Walking Festival

Explore one of the UK’s most historic and beautiful landscapes at the second High Weald Walking Festival and completely free.  The festival showcases 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.

12th - 20th September (2020 dates with 2019 info)

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.

12th - 20th September

Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival

The third 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 - 20th September

Wellington Walking Festival

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

14th - 23rd September (2019 dates with 2019 info)

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  (2019 dates with 2019 info)

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.

18th - 20th September  - CONFIRMED AS GOING AHEAD

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 2020
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!

17th - 24th September   (2019 dates with 2019 info)

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 September - 4th 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.

20th - 22nd September (2019 dates with 2019 info)

Conwy Walks

Free guided walks in this lovely North Wales town.

20th - 29th September (2019 dates with 2019 info)

Eastbourne and Lewes Walking Festival

choose from a selection of the most interesting urban and rural walks ranging from Eastbourne’s promenade all the way to the Twittens of Lewes. From historic Lewes town to our iconic cliffs in Seaford and Eastbourne through to the River Ouse, we invite you to find out more about the culture, history, and landscapes of one of the country’s most stunning regions.

21st - 27th September (2019 dates with 2019 info)

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 (2019 dates with 2019 info)

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 (2019 dates with 2019 info)

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 (2019 dates with 2019 info)

Haslemere Walking Festival

Haslemere's fourth 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.

27th - 29th September (2019 dates with 2019 info)

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 September - 2nd October  - CANCELLED UNTIL NEXT YEAR

Walk The Isle of Man
Embracing all that’s good about the great outdoors, this long established and hugely popular six-day Festival is equally suited to individuals or larger groups.  It’s a fun way to meet new people and take in the full range of the Isle of Man’s spectacular scenery - all at the same time.

Take part in one of five specially selected daily walks over the five days, varying in distance and degree of difficulty to suit all levels.  Each walk is led by an experienced and knowledgeable guide, who’ll point out areas of historic and cultural interest and offer fascinating insights into the Island’s heritage.  Along the way, you’ll get to witness the Isle of Man’s abundant wildlife and marine life first hand – it never disappoints!

28th September - 6th October (2019 dates with 2019 info)

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.

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