The seventh annual Bedfordshire Walking Festival takes it’s first steps on Saturday 5th September and continues every day ending late afternoon on Sunday 13th September.
Over the nine days there are walks for the more serious walker culminating in the 40 mile Greensand Ridge Challenge over the last weekend and for walkers who like to stop and find out more about their local surroundings there are many informative short walks. There are some health walks and Children and dogs have not been forgotten and for those who want something a little different there are some Nordic walking taster sessions, a walk on the wine side at Bedfordshire’s oldest vineyard, a short railway ramble with a ride on a miniature railway and two half days Maps are fun practical sessions where participants can learn to read walking maps and then put their new skills into practice with short walk. with excess of 50 walks there is almost something for every-one.
Living in or around Bedford many of the walks are accessible via public transport but you could always make use of the Big yellow Bus on Saturday 5th departing from Castle Mound to enjoy an interesting walk along part of the Three Shires Way in the northern most part of the Borough and returning from Harrold Country Park. On Wednesday enjoy a Nordic walking taster session at Priory Country park and later join us in the car park of Aspects Leisure centre for a fascinating informative 2.5 hour Bridge’s walk between Bedford’s King and Queen and the jewels they hold within.
Thursday you can find out what’s happening on the Grange Estate at Willington whilst on Friday seek out Oakley’s riparian best.
Saturday using the number 25 bus has a delightful walk along the Ouse valley before returning from Stevington Cross. (Free with a bus pass) and on Sunday a choice of a walk along the river from Kempston Mill or travelling to the picturesque village of Pavenham for an enjoyable circular walk.
However should you wish to travel further by public transport why take a trip on Bedfordshire’s oldest railway line, the Marston Vale Line and enjoy walks from Ridgmont Station and Marston Vale Forest Centre.
These are just the walks and events in this part of the county to find out more either pick up a programme from The Bedford Travel Hub at the bus station, The Libraries, Kempston Town council offices, Outdoor shops and some shops cafes and pubs or download a programme from the web site www.bedswalkfest.co.uk