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Discover the Walk About Festival

Nationwide walking organisation, The Ramblers, is encouraging more people to walk in September with their Walk About Britain Festival. The aim of the festival, from September 3 to 11, is to improve the nation’s health through walking and to show people that the best way to view Britain is on foot. Walkers can join events and outings across the country and also win rewards as part of the Walk About challenge. Ramblers Walk About web banner Walk About, which is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery (PPL), is inviting people to walk more through Ramblers group walks, health walks, Ramblers Routes and Medal Routes in Scotland. There will be walks from short strolls to challenging hikes. There will also be three flagship events – one in England, Scotland and Wales – that will offer the full Walk About festival experience of walking, food and fun.

Three big Walk About events

Lydiard Park, Swindon, England

When: Saturday September 3 shutterstock_102381649 The 260-acre country park, with a Grade 1 listed Palladian House, historic church, woodlands and lake, is a great setting for a walking event. There are 15 walks on offer throughout the day, ranging from half an hour walks led by Walking for Health volunteers to longer rambles to surrounding villages and countryside. If you prefer to walk independently or with your friends and family, you can pick up free Ramblers Routes maps for beautiful walks from the park. Other activities include live music, expert advice, food and games.

Balloch Castle Country Park

When: Saturday September 3 [caption id="attachment_20510" align="aligncenter" width="650"]A path to the top of Ben Lomond, on the banks of Loch Lomond. A path to the top of Ben Lomond, on the banks of Loch Lomond.[/caption] Balloch Castle Country Park extends to 200 acres with impressive views across Loch Lomond. The country park includes walled gardens, nature trails and an early 19th century castle. T There will be 20 led walks throughout the day, ranging from gentle 15-minute strolls to day-long hill hikes. Activities at the event marquee kick off at 10am with a brief talk from mountaineer and Forestry Commission Scotland staff member James Ogilvie. He will describe his 20-year journey from being a regular hillwalker to climbing the highest peaks on each of world’s seven continents. There will also be expert advice from partners including Cotswold Outdoors and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park rangers, as well as games for children and the young at heart! If you prefer to walk independently or with your friends and family, you can pick up free Ramblers Routes maps, including short Medal Routes, for great walks straight from the marquee. And if you’re thirsty after all the walking, Balloch House Hotel on the town’s main street has informal drinks from 5pm.

Margam Country Park, South Wales

When: Saturday September 10 Margam Country Park is set in 1000 acres of delightful Welsh parkland, which offers history, wildlife and a wide range of family attractions. There will be a choice of 10 walks on offer throughout the day, from family and wheelchair friendly strolls around the grounds to day-long hillside hikes to explore the stunning scenery. The event starts at 10am at the marquee with a Samba Band playing and the walks begin at 10.30am.

Join in and get walking

shutterstock_474798316 Walking makes you feel happier and healthier – and the Ramblers thinks everyone should enjoy the benefits. To find out more about the walks on offer see Walk About Britain.
  1. You can find group walks, routes and walking festivals near you.
  2. Log your walks and invite your friends to get involved.
  3. Earn badges and win prizes.
Also see Ramblers. Who knows where your walking will take you – perhaps it will lead you to your first walking holiday...
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