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The National Forest Walking Festival

The National Forest Walking Festival 2017 will take place between 13 and 25 May 2017, featuring a variety of walks for all ages, tastes and abilities.

Walking Festival 2016

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The 2017 festival will include 90 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 are 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.

This year’s festival includes a number of walks linked to the ‘Black to Green’ initiative with the chance to see the amazing industrial legacy of the area and how it is rapidly reverting back to nature. There is an opportunity to learn about the fascinating history of Swadlincote with the Swadlincote Townscape project. And you can try the National Forest Way, with a circular walk taking in a section of the new long distance footpath.

During the festival visitors can try Nordic Walking, take an educational stroll or a long distance ramble. The 90 walks within the programme can be found throughout 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.

The festival brochure is attached or can be picked up from:

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

Tel: 01283 222848
email: tic@sharpespotterymuseum.org.uk

(Image credits: Gerald Price and Richard Sanville)

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