North Pennines Walking Festival

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Walking Festival 2018


We are delighted to announce that the Friends of the North Pennines (FOTNP) will run a Walking Festival in 2018.

As in previous years, the purpose of the festival is to help local people and visitors to understand and enjoy the landscape of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and UNESCO Global Geopark, as well as to boost the local tourism economy. The walks will cover a variety of subjects including local history, nature and geology.

The 2018 FOTNP Walking Festival will take place from Saturday 30 June to Saturday 14 July 2018. Walks for a range of abilities and interests will be offered, and will take place around the AONB, with several of the walks being organised jointly with the AONB Partnership and the Barnard Castle and Middleton in Teesdale Walkers are Welcome groups. We are especially pleased to help organise the Middleton in Teesdale Walkers are Welcome celebration launch walk.

The following events are now open for public booking (please note that finish times are approximate):


DateTimeWalkStart/finish locationGradeSuitable for families?Booking link
Saturday 30 June12.00-14.00 Ice Age KirkcarrionMiddleton in TeesdaleModerateNo Book Ice Age Kirkcarrion walk
Tuesday 3 July10.00-15.00Brampton to Talkin circularBramptonModerateNoBook Brampton to Talkin circular walk
Saturday 7 July14.00-15.30Botany and BeesBowleesEasyYes (children must be accompanied) Book Botany and Bees walk
Sunday 8 July10.30-14.00GoldsboroughCar park at foot of Hury reservoirModerateYes (but not pushchairs; children must be accompanied)Book Goldsborough walk
Tuesday 10 July14.00-17.00A Taste of Isaac's Tea TrailElk's Head, WhitfieldModerateYes (but not pushchairs; children must be accompanied)Book A Taste of Isaac's Tea Trail walk
Saturday 14 July10.00-16.00Little FellHiltonHardNo (adults only)Book Little Fell walk
Saturday 14 July10.30-13.00Middleton Walkers are Welcome Launch - Snaisgill and Stanhope Gate. Middleton in TeesdaleModerateYes (but not pushchairs; children must be accompanied) Book Middleton WAW walk

If viewing on a mobile phone or tablet you may need to scroll the table to see the booking link.

Further information
General enquiries should be sent to

Walk grades
Easy – suitable for most people. Easy, comfortable walking, may be some stiles.
Moderate – typically a country walk with some hills, stiles and muddy paths. Boots advisable.
Hard – hill walks with steep, strenuous climbs. Rough moorland. Boots essential. Full hill walking kit required.

All North Pennine Walking Festival walks are advance booking only to ensure enjoyment and safety for each group. Leaders will not accept you without a booking. Please only book on events that you fully mean to attend; you may prevent someone else taking part if you don’t turn up. If you do need to cancel – please let us know! Unfortunately if you cancel your booking we will be unable to refund the booking fee. Booking fees for most walks are £3 for a half day and £5 for a full day. The walk organised jointly with Barnard Castle Walkers are Welcome is free (you are invited to make a voluntary contribution of £1 towards the BC WAW group – please give your donation to the walk leader on the day). The Middleton in Teesdale Walkers are Welcome launch walk is also free (again, you are invited to make a voluntary contribution of £1 towards Middleton WAW on the day). On launch day and on the day of the Kirkcarrion walk, the Tees’pot Cafe in Bridge Street, Middleton, is also offering a 10% discount on refreshments to walk participants – please show your walk ticket(s) to qualify for the discount.

If you are a current (paid up) annual or life member of the Friends of the North Pennines, you can reserve a free place on 2018 Festival walks by emailing with your details and the name(s) of the walk(s) you wish to attend. (Please do not book via Eventbrite  from the links above, as you will be charged.)

Events designed for families are clearly identified. Where appropriate minimum age limits are also provided. If in doubt contact FOTNP for advice.

Please note that dogs are not allowed on any of our events.

And when the Festival is over…

The following groups organise walks in and around the North Pennines or promote active lifestyles in our local area:

Middleton in Teesdale Walkers are Welcome

Haltwhistle Walking Festival

Kirkby Stephen Walkers are Welcome

Barnard Castle Walkers are Welcome

Weardale Walking Group

Active Cumbria

Alston Moor Walkers are Welcome

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