Our Favourite UK Walking Festivals for a Weekend Break

Walking with a group is a great way to discover spectacular locations while making new friends. There are roughly 80 walking festivals in the UK, encompassing everything from gentle woodland strolls to gruelling mountain ascents. Most are run by local ramblers who are passionate about sharing their knowledge with visitors, and with summer approaching, this is the perfect time to choose an event and book your place. Here are a few of our favourite festivals in some of the most beautiful parts of the UK. For each festival we have included a recommended holiday cottage in which to stay while enjoying your walking holiday

## Ulverston Walkfest

A Lake District fell with a group of walkers and a giant red sculpture of the letter 'U' embedded in the moorland

Friendly Lake District event for ramblers of all ages and abilities Set in the southern fringes of the Lake District, Ulverston Walkfest runs from April 27 to May 6, with an emphasis on respect and care for the environment. The South Lakeland market town of Ulverston is an idyllic base, nestled in unspoiled countryside at the top of the Furness Peninsula. The festival includes a series of guided hikes along the coast at Morecambe Bay and around the misty mountains and waters of the Lake District National Park.

Where to Stay

stone-built exterior of a romeot holiday cottage in cumbria

GROFFA CRAG

Get the gang together or join forces with another family: Remote Groffa Crag is a large holiday cottage near Ulverston - Pet-friendly too!

## Ironbridge Walking Festival

close up of walking boots walking and the large iron bridge at Iron Bdidge in Shropshire

Nine days exploring the dramatic gorge where the Industrial Revolution began This event is a great way to discover Ironbridge Gorge, known as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and one of the UK’s first UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Nature has reclaimed much of the gorge, which is now crisscrossed by scenic woodland trails, but you will discover remnants of its manufacturing heritage during 35 themed walks and events from May 5-13.

Where to Stay

THE OLDE COW HOUSE

indoor swimming pool at a holiday cottage in Ironbridge, Sheopshire pool
exterior of The Olde Cow House in Ironbridge, a Shropshire holiday cottage

A large Shropshire countryside holiday cottage with a superb indoor pool, tennis cout and childrens play area

Crickhowell Walking Festival

Crickhowelll Walking Festival title and festival dates for 1081 and 2019

Guided walks and events in the breathtaking Black Mountains Warm, waterproof clothes are highly recommended for this invigorating winter event. Ancient standing stones, shimmering lakes and towering mountains are all explored during Crickhowell Festival, in March. Routes for all levels are provided by local experts, taking in some of the most captivating scenery in the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons in South Wales. This independent, not-for-profit event is run by volunteers and based in the charming town of Crickhowell.

Where to Stay

RAMBLERS REST

Garden and rural views at Ramblers Rest Holiday Cottage in Crickhowell

Nestling in the heart of Crickhowell with far reaching rural views, the appropriately named Ramblers Rest is a cosy 2-bedroom holiday cottage in Powys.

## Dartmoor Walking Festival

Dartmoor landscape with logo and dates for DArtmoor Walking Festival

Tors, bogs, mires and streams in the heart of rural Devon Dartmoor is a glorious expanse of ancient woods, farmland, streams and tors which is missed by many visitors to Devon. Dartmoor Walking Festival is an opportunity to get to know locals while discovering this unique environment. The event runs from August 25 to September 2 with guided walks providing an insight into Dartmoor’s history, wildlife, myths and legends.

Where to Stay

BUTTERDON - Moretonhampstead

Stone-built exterior of a Dartmoor barn converted to a holiday cottage in Moretonhampstead

A quaint 2-bedroom Dartmoor countryside cottage sleeping 5 in Moretonhampstead. Pets welcome

## Richmond Walking and Book Festival

Fells, fields and drystone walls in a Yorkshire Dales landscape

Nine days of guided rambles and book events in the Yorkshire Dales The Richmond Walking and Book Festival combines day-time hikes through the Dales’ rugged countryside with evening talks by renowned authors. Based in the delightful town of Richmond, the event includes rambles to iconic locations such as Willance’s Leap and challenging climbs including the High Fells Challenge to the 2,110ft summit of Yockenthwaite Moor.

 

Where to Stay

SWEET PEA COTTAGE

Front exterior of a stonebuilt Yorkshire Dales holiday cottage near Richmond

Cosy 2 bedroom and dog-friendly Yorkshire Dales holiday cottage in Redmire village near Leyburn

## Herefordshire Walking Festival

logo for the Herefordshire Walking Festival

Thirty-seven walks through rolling countryside on the Herefordshire-Gloucestershire border Organised by keen local walkers, this annual event is a great way to discover famous routes such as the Wye Valley Walk, Mortimer Trail, Offa’s Dyke Path and Monnow Valley Walk. If your holiday in Herefordshire doesn’t coincide with the festival, check out Herefordshire Ramblers’ Winter and Spring Programme of group walks.

Where to Stay

THE THATCH @ VALLEY VIEW

Spacious wood-floor living room with oak beamed ceiling in a luxury Herefordshire holiday cottage lounge

A luxury holiday cottage for couples in Herefordshire near Ross on Wye. Pets welcome

 

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