This year’s Walk About festival, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, celebrated ‘hidden gems’ – those special places on your doorstep that others might not know about. Some great gems were shared and explored during the festival – from a nature lover’s delight in the Midlands, to hidden river gorge in North England, an old ice house in Wales, some of Scotland's often overlooked yet stunning peaks, and many, many more.
Between Saturday 26 May and Sunday 3 June Ramblers groups ran over 1,500 walks across GB – that’s over 150 walks every day! Thanks to those who got involved planning events, leading walks and running social activities and, of course, all those walkers who joined in.
Photo: Stoke and Newcastle Ramblers
Photo: Glasgow Ramblers
A number of special festival activities taking place around the country also benefited from a Walk About award. In Kent, Elham Valley Walkers put on a 2 day programme of themed walks, whilst Northants ran walks alongside Stoke Bruerne canal which included a boat trip through the Blisworth canal tunnel, which was opened specially for the festival. Meanwhile in the south west, Somerset Walking for Health teamed up with Somerset Ramblers to run a week of festival walks across the county.
Walk About was capped off by the annual Big Welsh Walk, which took place over the festival weekend. Over 100 people set out to conquer Ceredigion, joining one of three challenge walks in the beautiful sunshine and stunning countryside.
Thank you to each and every one of our volunteers who helped make this year’s festival a success, showcasing the best the Ramblers has to offer and getting more people on their feet, lacing up their boots and exploring our wonderful British landscapes.