The Bedfordshire Walking Festival

This September sees the 10th anniversary of what has become an annual and increasingly popular event, The Bedfordshire Walking Festival.

Published on: 3/7/19, 2:16 pm


From humble beginnings in 2009 the festival has grown and grown as more and more people are walking for leisure and fitness. Despite council cutbacks the urban and countryside paths are still generally well maintained and being used more often.

For some, the benefit of joining a walk enables them to explore of new places and new paths, whilst for others it is the socialising. Whatever the reason there is a good walk everyday in and around Bedford and not far from your door.

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Over the nine days from 7th to 15th September, there is a range of walks from one hour to nine hours duration, plus a range of informative walks of around 2-3 hours. Most are free and no booking is required.

The festival starts on Saturday 7th with a 10k walk from Clapham. On Sunday as part of the 10th anniversary there will be a Festival tent in Priory Country park from where both a morning and afternoon walk will start, plus an opportunity for people to obtain self guided walk leaflets, information about walking groups, and the path network.

On Wednesday why not take a short train ride on the Marston Vale line to Kempston Hardwick and enjoy an interesting walk back to Bedford ?  On Thursday at Priory a morning walk is followed in the afternoon with a trip on the John Bunyan Boat to Sovereign Quay returning by way of an informative walk about the  Bridges of Bedford. The last afternoon of the festival has the intriguingly entitled "Who do you think they were" starting at 1-30 at Bedford Cemetery Foster Hill Road. These are just some of the 16 walking events taking place around the town over the nine days.

Further afield and celebrating our 10th anniversary, three walks based on the theme of 10 at Woburn on Saturday 7th and Sunday 15th at Ampthill Park. If you are looking for a walk with a difference why not take a ride on the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway or the Luton guided bus way. For the world war two enthusiast come to "Ten Shun" at Woburn on the last afternoon or to find out more about Shuttleworth and Old Warden Tuesday is the day. Several full day walks take place during the festival including the annual Greensand 40 mile Challenge taking place over the weekend of 14th & 15th

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For those who are baffled by maps, confused by compasses, daunted by digital devices why not join a one day course on Sunday 8th at Maulden Village Hall. Cost £10 booking via web site.

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