12 July 2016 by Ash Stally Chudasama
Summer is here, and so begins festival season! Festivals are a great way to experience the best of what Britain has to offer – whether it’s music, food, ale or walking. At the Ramblers, we think there are few finer ways to celebrate the arrival of summer than donning your walking boots and getting out into nature.
Whether you’re taking your first steps, or are a seasoned Munro expert, whether you like walking in big groups, with the family or on your own, a walking festival will have something for you. Festivals are a great way to get more people walking, and an opportunity for seasoned walkers to try something new.
Ramblers groups host walking festivals all year round – offering a wide range of walks. You can use our group and event finder tool to find festivals near you.
One such festival is the White Cliffs Walking Festival, coming up across the August bank holiday this year.
Now in its 4th year, preparations are well in hand and the theme is very much walks for all: long walks, short walks, fun walks, scenic walks, historic walks, geotrail walks and walks for all the family. Each one is guaranteed to be more than a walk - an experience.
The range of walks, talks and people that a walking festival offers is really quite incredible. Take the White Cliffs Festival: there’s stunning views, rolling hills, great company and so much variety on offer - from a short “Reptile Ramble” laid on by the local Amphibian Group, to an epic 18 mile walk.
The White Cliffs Walking festival started life as The Deal Walking Festival in 2013. Run by volunteers, it attracted large numbers of walkers and families and soon morphed into The White Cliffs Walking Festival encompassing Dover, Sandwich and St Margaret’s.
The festival is a fantastic collaboration of volunteers, passionately working to offer a wide range of ways to get more people walking. The White Cliffs event has been a glowing success and would not have been possible without the meticulous and passionate work of its volunteers.
For instance, last year’s festival involved a good 11 months of planning, two festival directors, a steering committee and involvement from the local White Cliffs Ramblers group. Over 40 Ramblers members provided expertise in walk leading, path maintenance, mapping, promotion and marshalling. With over 1,000 participants every year, there’s a lot to be proud of.
Festivals like the White Cliffs Walking Festival can be found through our walk finder in the ‘festivals’ box.
However you choose to walk this summer, take a look at a walking festival near you – you’ll get a totally new perspective on walking in your local area.