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National Forest Walking Festival

  • The National Forest Walking Festival 2016 will take place between 14 and 26 May 2016, featuring a variety of walks for all ages, tastes and abilities.

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    The Festival this year is hosting over 80 walks that range from gentle strolls to strenuous rambles including routes for seasoned walkers as well as pushchairs, wheelchairs and family groups. Every walk is graded for difficulty and guided walks will be led by an experienced leader with local knowledge. Health walks are suitable for all ages and those recovering from illness and are also led by a trained volunteer.

    The Festival will open with the ‘Three Marinas Charity Walk’ on Saturday, May 14, which starts at Willington’s Mercia Marina and will raise money for Rainbows Hospice and SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen Families Association) – the chosen charities of South Derbyshire District Council Chairman Cllr Neil Atkin.

    During the Festival why not try Nordic Walking, take an educational stroll or a toddle waddles, The 80+ walks within the programme cover a large region of the 200 square miles of forest area across Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Leicestershire.

    With a wealth of places to visit why not take a break and stay in the area? There is a wide range of accommodation from the National Forest Youth Hostel to the Hilton at St George’s Park or homely farmhouses to spacious forest lodges, there is something to cater for everyone’s taste and budget.

    The National Forest Walking Festival gratefully acknowledges generous funding by Leicestershire County Council, the National Forest Company and South Derbyshire District Council. The Festival relies upon a huge number of individuals and organisations who volunteer to plan and lead the walks, without whose time, effort, knowledge and enthusiasm the Festival would not be possible.

    Copies of the Festival brochure can be picked up from Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre, based at Sharpe’s Pottery Museum in West Street or you can download a copy from the attachments on this page.

    Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre 
    Sharpe’s Pottery Museum 
    West Street 
    Swadlincote 
    Derbyshire 
    DE11 9DG

    Tel: 01283 222848 
    email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    (Image credits: Gerald Price and Richard Sanville)

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Event date: 14-05-2016
Event End Date: 26-05-2016
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