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Walking Festival - Herefordshire

Herefordshire will build on its reputation as one of the finest landscapes in Britain for outdoor pursuits when it hosts its annual summer Walking Festival between June 17th and 25th this year.

Herefordshire will build on its reputation as one of the finest landscapes in Britain for outdoor pursuits when it hosts its annual summer Walking Festival between June 17th and 25th this year.

The Herefordshire Walking Festival runs for nine days from the third Saturday in June, and is complemented by a mini Winter Walking Festival held between Christmas and the New Year.

This year’s summer event will once again feature a varied programme of 60 walks, all of which is listed in one comprehensive brochure, and on the dedicated website www.walkingfestival.com.

Widely regarded these days as one of the best areas of the British Isles for exploring on foot, Herefordshire boasts 2,100 miles of public rights of way, as well as one of the nation’s newest long-distance footpaths - the 154-miles ‘Herefordshire Trail’, which was opened last year.

The Walking Festival – sponsored by online and mail-order retailer of discounted branded sports, fashion and lifestyle products, M and M Direct - attracts more than 1,500 participants, with some walks selling out a long time prior to the event. As in previous years, the 2006 programme will provide something for everyone: from short, level routes accessible for wheelchair users, all the way through to challenging 14-mile hill walks.

It will officially get under way on Saturday, June 17th with the Festival’s ‘featured’ walk, the Wye Valley Walk; and will then end on Sunday 25th with a Family Activity Walk on Lugg Meadow.


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