Haltwhistle Spring Walking Festival 2012
Haltwhistle Walking Festival looks set to be a great success if the early bookings are anything to go by. Already 5 of the walks are fully booked, with the rest of the bookings looking very healthy indeed.
One of the organisers, Marjorie Baillie, said "We are delighted that so many people want to come to our Spring Walking Festival. Most of the people booking have been before, a sure sign that the formula for the festival is working; there is also a good representation of new walkers this time. One man is coming from Chicago for the whole festival and others are coming from Scotland, Wales and all over England."
It is clearly a sign that people enjoy getting out into the countryside and walking. It's a great way to exercise because you see different places, chat to new people and hardly notice your tired feet.
There are still 5 weeks to go before the festival, so there is plenty of time left to choose a walk; just don't wait too long if you want a particular walk.
There are plenty of places on the Evening Walk "Over Hills and Dales" on May 1st and on the Drumming Walk on Saturday May 5th. Marjorie said, "We would love to see local families coming along for the drumming walk. Participants will learn different rhythms and will have the chance to make instruments from recycled materials. This walk is sponsored by local charity Craftwrite."
If you are unsure about walking you can book for a free Healthy Life Walk based at Walltown Quarry. It's only 2 miles long and the pace will be very gentle.
There is plenty of choice of walks for the more experienced walkers with walks ranging from 5 - 14 miles.
Full details are on www.haltwhistlewalkingfestival.org
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