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Crickhowell Strolling Pageant, Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons)

9-17 March

One of many earliest of the yr’s festivals, the charming city of Crickhowell, surrounded by the looming khaki-purple hues of the Bannau Brycheiniog nationwide park (Brecon Beacons), has a well-established strolling competition, which this yr boasts 81 totally different walks, starting from two to 17 miles. Many are dog-friendly; all are graded when it comes to effort and problem, from a simple stroll alongside the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, to a – new for 2024 – hike by way of the western Followers (peaks), with spectacular views en route. Keep at The Bear, a 500-year-old teaching inn on the prime of Crickhowell’s picturesque Excessive Avenue, with doubles from £142 B&B (bearhotel.co.uk).
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Stroll Scilly

12-21 April

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The Stroll Scilly competition historically kicks off the season on the Scilly Isles, when strolling guides and native specialists come collectively to share the archipelago’s wealthy historical past, together with its wind-lashed landscapes and wealthy number of wildlife. The programme has but to be introduced, however walks often embrace foraging hikes, sea safaris and walks throughout the wild, uninhabited islets in addition to the 5 major islands. Base your self on St Mary’s – the most important of the islands – at The Atlantic, a buzzy pub set proper by the water, with snug rooms from £165 B&B (atlanticinnscilly.co.uk).
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Ulverston WalkFest, Lake District

27 April-6 Could

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Located on the highest of the Furness Peninsula, Ulverston is inside simple attain of each Morecambe Bay and the Cumbrian fells. The WalkFest programme shines a lightweight on the area’s diverse previous, from slate mines to centuries-old mills and lime kilns, together with tranquil villages and historic castles, in addition to the rugged Cumbrian countryside, with hikes taking in Windermere, Coniston and Grizedale Forest. Snap up a room on the Bay Horse Lodge, which has fantastic views over the River Leven estuary and cosy doubles from £100 B&B (thebayhorsehotel.co.uk).
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Ride2Stride, Settle-Carlisle

30 April-6 Could
An annual week-long celebration of the western Dales and Eden Valley, the competition’s diverse programme of walks all start and finish at stations alongside the Settle-Carlisle line – one of the vital spectacular stretches of practice line within the UK. New for 2024 shall be Path Tasters, walks that provide the prospect to pattern sections of a few of the area’s long-distance trails, in addition to annual favourites and dwell music and leisure at pubs within the space. The Golden Lion in Settle makes the right base, a comfy pub with super-comfortable rooms from £120 B&B (goldenlionsettle.co.uk).
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Isle of Wight Strolling Pageant

11-19 Could and 5-13 October
Celebrating its twenty fifth anniversary in 2024, the Isle of Wight Strolling Pageant laces up its boots in spring and autumn, on the five hundred miles of footpaths that criss-cross the island. There are walks specializing in each side of the island’s historical past, from Queen Victoria and Osborne Home to dinosaur walks, plus early-morning hikes to catch the daybreak refrain. Walks are graded in keeping with tempo and problem, with many providing the prospect to find the island’s uncommon species of plant and animal life. Keep on the Union Inn in Cowes to be on the coronary heart of the motion, a full of life firelit pub with doubles from £80 B&B (unioninncowes.co.uk).
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Ballater Strolling Pageant, Aberdeenshire

18-24 May

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With three walks every day, one sturdy, one medium and one simple, Ballater will not be as massive as some festivals, however does provide some actually spectacular (if difficult) hikes throughout the towering munros and granite tors that immerse walkers in a few of the better of Scotland’s dramatic surroundings. There are gentler walks that provide glorious bird- and wildlife-spotting, and the prospect to fulfill native farmers and uncover a few of the area’s foodie treats. The Balmoral Arms is an enthralling, dog-friendly inn with trendy rooms from £133 B&B (crerarhotels.com).
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Nationwide Forest Strolling Pageant, east Midlands

18-30 Could
A 200-square-mile swathe of lush woodland within the coronary heart of the Midlands, the Nationwide Forest is at its most stunning in Could, with carpets of bluebells and drifts of blossom. The Strolling Pageant celebrates its fifteenth yr in 2024, with walks graded from simple to strenuous. The programme is now out there to obtain, with over 90 walks together with history-themed hikes and the prospect to attempt Nordic Strolling and Forest Bathing, in addition to “Bench to Bench” walks, for these with much less mobility. Dovecliff Corridor is a sublime nation home close to Burton upon Trent, with luxurious doubles from £120 B&B (dovecliffhallhotel.co.uk).
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Moray Strolling and Out of doors Pageant

14-24 June
An excellent alternative for these on the lookout for different actions to take pleasure in moreover strolling, this 10-day celebration contains every little thing from kayaking to bird-walking, skiff-rowing and bushcraft, with walks starting from mild seaside strolls to endurance hikes by way of the Cairngorms. Many occasions should be pre-booked, with 5 totally different grades of problem, with the shortest walks and actions taking round two hours, as much as a full day for probably the most difficult. Reward your self with a keep at Dowans, an expensive nation property in Aberlour, with doubles from £250 B&B (dowanshotel.com).
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Mid Devon Strolling Pageant

14-29 September

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Value getting within the diary now, this new competition for 2024 in tranquil Mid Devon will hum with walkers in September, with a programme of guided and self-guided walks from family-friendly trails to hardcore hikes. In addition to walks, there shall be dwell music, foodie occasions and farmers’ markets, together with the prospect to hitch a winery stroll or walks themed across the area’s natural world or historical past. Keep on the Hartnoll Lodge, set in superb countryside on the sting of the Exmoor valley, with cosy doubles from £130 B&B (hartnollhotel.uk).
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Saltmarsh Coast Strolling Pageant, Essex

27 September-6 October
Select from self-guided or expert-led walks alongside a 75-mile stretch of the Saltmarsh coast, dipping into the area’s maritime historical past, or studying concerning the wealthy number of hen species. There are downloadable self-guided routes out there from the web site, or a wide range of guided walks taking in vineyards, and nature reserves and huge skies alongside the shoreline, which can be wealthy in wartime heritage. Keep on the Limes in Maldon, a sublime townhouse with a buzzy Italian restaurant and stylish doubles from £99 B&B (thelimesmaldon.co.uk).
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