Past Successes

FOTNP Walking Festival Update

The 2015 FOTNP Walking Festival had a great range of walks  and received good feedback from all those that took part and a big thank you goes out to all of our partners and supporters for the success of this event. This year (2016), however, there will not be a Friends of the North Pennines Walking Festival and instead the Trustees will take some time to consider how to raise funding and plan an approach to running an event in 2017.

We thank you for your support and will keep you informed of our progress along with any information about other future FOTNP events.

Walking Festival 2015 (Saturday 26 September – Sunday 4 October 2015)

The North Pennines Walking Festival, at the end of September and beginning of October each year, was initiated by the Friends of the North Pennines in 2013 and is run by enthusiastic local volunteers who want to share their love of the area with you.

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 to boost the local tourism economy. The walks cover a variety of subjects including local history, nature and geology. Some walks cover specialist subjects such as photography, art or specific species of plants and animals. Others have no specific theme.


PW_50_logo (2)This year’s festival will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the epic Pennine Way National Trail.

A large part of the Pennine Way is within the North Pennines AONB and nine of the 28 walks on offer will include 95 miles of this legendary route from Tan Hill through Middleton in Teesdale, Alston and the South Tyne Valley to Greenhead on the Roman Wall.

The programme will also feature other long-distance trails within the AONB, including the Weardale & Teesdale Way, South Tyne Trail, Isaac’s Tea Trail, Bowes Loop and Ravenber’s Way.

Pennine Way SignThe walks have been selected to suit people of all ages and abilities, from easy ambles to hard treks up some of England’s highest summits.

The following tips will make sure you have a great day out with us, so please read them carefully, book your place on the walks of your choice, and then simply come and enjoy yourself in this fantastic scenery, in good company and with knowledgeable guides.

Please click here for the full programme.

All walks must be booked in advance and this year we have enlisted Bradsons Event Services to help make the process easier. You will find the link to book directly beneath the programme, alternatively please click here.

Please note if you have booked a place on a walk but cannot attend please let us know straight away as there may be a waiting list for that particular walk. Unfortunately we cannot offer any refunds.

Not sure about something?

If you have any questions, then please get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.


Many organisations across the North Pennines have contributed to the festival, and it couldn’t have happened without them.

Partners include:



This year we have received financial support from Eden District Council through their Tourism Grant Scheme and GlaxoSmithKline.

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