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North Wessex Downs Walking Festival

Step Out On The Very First North Wessex Downs Walking Festival! 8th – 23rd June 2019

Perhaps you are a seasoned rambler – striding out in your worn-out leather boots every weekend come rain or shine. Or, on the other hand, you might want to explore the countryside a bit and get some fresh air but don’t know which way is up on a map. Either way, there is a walk for you during the very first North Wessex Downs Walking Festival in June.

The North Wessex Downs is one of the largest tracts of chalk downland in southern England and reaches into four counties – Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire. This is top-class walking country with big skies and wooded valleys – a fascinating and glorious landscape, where the Downs are dotted with barrows and other prehistoric features.

With 14 fantastic walks over 16 days – many free of charge – this is an opportunity to explore more of the area in the company of a knowledgeable guide. Walks range from strenuous hikes to wildlife rambles and there is even a navigation skills training day.

Detailed information about all the walks, and how to book, can be found on the North Wessex Downs website at http://www.northwessexdowns.org.uk/walking-festival

 

North Wessex Downs Walking Festival 2019

Calendar of Events

Saturday, 8th June 2019
9.30am
A ‘Venerable’ Nordic Walk from Blewbury
11 miles, 6 hours.  Pay on the day – £8
Sunday, 9th June 2019
10.30am
Facca’s Valley: The woods, hills & valleys of the Faccombe Estate
3 miles, 2 hours.  Free
Monday, 10th June 2019
10am
Navigation Skills Workshop from Avebury
Around 10 miles, 5 1/2 hours.  £8.50
Tuesday, 11th June 2019
10am
A Guided Walk from Goring – Poets & Giants
12 miles, 7 hours.  £5.50
Wednesday, 12th June 2019
10am
The Setting of Ashdown House
4 miles, 2 hours.  Free
Wednesday, 12th June 2019
5pm
An Early Evening Stroll from Huish
Up to 3 miles. 1 hours.  Free
Thursday, 13th June 2019
2pm
Discovering Aston Tirrold’s History & Wildlife
3 miles, 2 hours.  Free
Friday,14th June 2019
10.30am
Bedwyn Brail, Wilton & Crofton – A rail-friendly walk
5 miles, 2 ¾ hours. £2
Saturday 15th June 2019
2pm
Saturday Social Hike on the Pewsey Downs
5 miles, 2 hours. £7
Sunday, 16th June 2019
10am
Letcombe Brook Wildlife Walk
4.5 miles, up to 3 hours. Free
Wednesday, 19th June 2019
7pm
Exploring the wildlife of Freeman’s Marsh in Hungerford
½ mile, up to 2 hours. Free
Thursday, 20th June 2019
10.30am
Big Skies & Hidden Valleys: The Manors of Vernham Dean
4 ½ miles, up to 2 ½ hours. Free
Friday, 21st June 2019
10am
A Wildlife Walk Around Stonebridge Wild River Reserve with ARK
1 mile, 2 hours. £5
Sunday, 23rd June 2019
10am
One Lump or Two? Ladle Hill and Beacon Hill
5 miles minimum, 2 ¼ hours minimum. Free

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