North Pennines Walking Festival 2018

Discover the North Pennines in the Company of Friends

There is something for everyone in the latest North Pennines Walking Festival, from the shortest of strolls for families who want to discover nature, to an exclusive, once a year chance to bag a ‘Nuttall’ – the normally out-of-bounds Little Fell.

Taking in some of the most stunning parts of Durham, Northumberland and Cumbria, the North Pennines AONB is a landscape that is best enjoyed on foot, and this year you can discover the area in the company of Friends.

The Friends of the North Pennines have organised their third walking festival in collaboration with staff from the North Pennines AONB Partnership and the brand-new Middleton in Teesdale Walkers are Welcome group.

Taking place between Saturday 30 June and Saturday 14 July 2018, the festival features 7 walks, of a variety of grades, which showcase some of the best wildlife, most fascinating history and most stunning scenery in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and UNESCO Global Geopark.

Sarah Elton of the Friends of the North Pennines who has organised the festival said “Every walk on the programme has something different.  And not only do you get out into the glorious North Pennines countryside at a really good time to see our wildflowers and birds, but you can learn so much from the walk leaders and your fellow walkers too. I only wish I had enough time to do them all myself.”

Sarah has put together a varied programme with different themes to suit a range of tastes and abilities.

The first walk of the festival (Saturday 30 June) starts along the Pennine Way, discovering the glacial history of the Kirkcarrion area. The Botany and Bees walk (Saturday 7 July), around the Bowlees Visitor Centre, will introduce families to the plant and insect life found in the AONB. Other Festival events give walkers chance to explore diverse areas of the AONB, including Talkin (Tuesday 3rd July) and Renwick/Kirkoswald (Sunday 1 July). Those keen for a taste of Isaac’s Tea Trail in the Allen Valleys can sample it on Tuesday 10 July, and later that week (Saturday 14 July) Festival-goers have exclusive access to the normally private Little Fell. On the same day, the last of the Festival, the Pennine Way settlement of Middleton in Teesdale celebrates its launch as a ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town with a walk up Snaisgill.

If you’d like to join the Friends of the North Pennines on one of these walks, further details of the programme plus booking links can be found on their website www.friendsofthenorthpennines.org.uk