How to find your walk
EITHER: click on "WALKS" to look at all walks except the Challenge trails and hikes.
To look at the 5 Challenge walks, hover over "WALKS" and select "CHALLENGE" from the drop-down list.
OR: to save trawling through all of our 41 walks to find the walk or walks that suit you, hover over "WALKS" and select "SEARCH". You can then use the "Search Walks" box to define the Length, Difficulty and Dates you would prefer. The result will be a shortlist, from which you can make your booking, or, we hope, bookings!
Other Walking Festivals
Other Walking Festivals take place throughout the Summer. Here's a list of some of them together with contact details.
Crickhowell Walking Festival
Saturday 25th February to Sunday 5th March
Talgarth Walking Festival
28th April to 1st May
Bishop’s Castle Walking Festival 2017
Saturday 13th to Wednesday 17th May 2017
Trefriw Walking Festival
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st May, 2017
Leominster Walking Festival
Friday, 2nd to Sunday 11th June
Herefordshire Walking Festival
Saturday 17th to Sunday 25th June
Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th September
Ross Walking Festival
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September
MonDean Walking Festival
Early October 2017
Dursley Walking Festival
Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th October
Summary Programme 2017
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Download the 2017 programme here:
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Planning the 2017 Festival
Planning for the 2017 walking festival is well advanced. There will be a mix of multi-day walks, all-day walks and morning, afternoon, and evening walks, some 50 walking days in total. Their length ranges from gentle strolls of 2 or 3 miles to long, challenging walks, but there will be many walks of 5 to 8 miles and several over 10 miles to choose from. A rich variety of themes and places of interest will be covered and all the walks will be led by enthusiastic local experts, keen to share their knowledge with the group.
The walks are organized in five categories, from Leisurely / Gentle to Strenuous. Firmly in the Strenuous category will be the day-long Hereford to Malvern walk and the End to End and Back along the Malvern ridge.
2017’s six-day discovery trail will follow the Wye Valley upstream from Monmouth on a wonderfully scenic route through and beyond Hay on Wye. Two 3-day walks are also planned. One will complete the recently commissioned Wyche Way route, starting from Broadway and working its way back to Malvern; the second will follow part of the Geopark Way, from Stourbridge to Malvern. The joy of these walks is that as well as the walking, and the scenery, and the fresh air, transport is included – dedicated coach transport takes walkers to that day’s starting point each morning and returns to Malvern each evening.
On 1st January 2017 the website will open with full details of all walks; around the same time brochures will be available at Tourist Information Centres and at other outlets in the Malvern area. As usual the website will have the facility to make bookings. Alternatively bookings can be made through the Tourist Information Centre in Malvern.
If accommodation is needed, the TIC has lists of all types of places to stay, www.visitthemalverns.org
For a wide choice of excellent B&Bs, visit Malvern’s B&B Consortium at www.malvernbbc.co.uk
There is a non-refundable fee of £4 per walk per person. Where transport is provided (multi-day and certain other walks) the cost is included in the fee and noted in the description of the walk.
If the booking includes transport we will try to re-sell your place on the walk if notified at least 3 weeks before the walk. We cannot guarantee that it can be re-sold.
Bookings for the multi-day walks can only be taken for the complete walk.
We will confirm bookings within 14 days, giving you options for payment.
All fees are payable on receipt of our confirmation of your booking.
If you are booking a walk or walks for more than one person, please use the comments box below to tell us their names and where possible their email addresses, in case we need to contact them.
Be aware that the postcodes provided will take you to the general area, and not normally exactly to the meeting point. The OS map grid reference provided is more definitive.
Walk numbers: when bookings for a walk reach reach a maximum (usually 20-24) we will show the walk as fully booked. If you'd like to be added to a waiting list, please make a booking: you will receive confirmation that you have been added to the waiting list for that walk.
Footwear and clothing should be suitable for the prevailing weather and the type of walk. Walking boots and waterproofs (worn or carried) are normally advisable.
Exceptional weather: walk leaders will be at the start point whatever the conditions. Decisions will then be made whether to re-route the walk or to cancel should walkers’ safety be in any doubt.
Refreshments: please take drink and a light snack if you wish, or more substantial refreshments where requested. Check the walk description regarding tea shops etc. en route and the pub lunch option at the end of the walk
Dogs: we are very sorry, but dogs are not allowed on any walk unless stated otherwise.
Leisurely / Gentle: suitable for all levels of fitness; gentle pace; few or no stiles.
Easy: suitable for most levels of fitness; ; some stiles; some ascents/descents.
Moderate: some steep and/or difficult sections; a quantity of stiles.
Hard: long, and steep in places; a good level of fitness is needed Strenuous: very long, with steep sections; a high level of fitness is needed.
Welcome to our website.
When the website opens its doors on January 1st to the 2017 programme of walks, it will feature the full list of walks, anything from an evening stroll to a 60-mile hike over 6 days; a search option, letting you search by length of walk, difficulty of walk and date; a booking facility, complete with email confirmation of your booking; the ability to contact us with questions, suggestions or comments; links to local information, including accommodation; and PDFs of our brochure and of a summary on one page of all our walks.
The Festival will start on Saturday 27th May 2017 and end on Sunday 4th June.