North Pennines Walking Festival

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FOTNP 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 between Saturday 30 June and Sunday 15 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. We are also pleased to help organise the Middleton in Teesdale Walkers are Welcome celebration launch walk. The programme is evolving so please check back here from time-to-time to see what is on offer.

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
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 (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 Middleton in Teesdale Walkers are Welcome launch walk is free (you are invited to make a voluntary contribution of £1 towards Middleton Walkers are Welcome – please give your donation to the walk leader on the day of the launch).

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.



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