Walking Festivals

quantock hills walking festival

Independent Hostels UK is working with walking festivals in England, Scotland and Wales to encourage walking, fresh air and friendship.

Listed below are all the walking festivals that Independent Hostels UK are proud to  be sponsoring.

From mid April until mid October there are walking festivals all over the UK.  Each festival has a programme of led walks over a number of days. Your perfect opportunity to explore new areas and routes without the hassle of route planning and map reading.  Many festivals offer a variety of walks of different lengths and difficulty so there is something for everybody.  What’s more many of the festivals have also added other elements such as talks, music or special interest walks.  Others are completely unique! Read the festival listing below carefully and you will discover why.

All the festivals below have been hand-picked as there are Independent Hostels and Bunkhouses in the area.  These self catering hostels and bunkhouses offer  great value accommodation for those who want to stay for a day or more and make the most of these wonderful walking events.

To find out more have a good look through the listing of walking festivals below.

Ulversten Walking Festival
Ulversten Walk Fest


12-14 April                       Kington Walks Spring Festival,  Herefordshire 

Following the success of the 1st event last year, the  2nd Spring Weekend will have 14 varied walks for a range of abilities and including Nordic Walking and a creative walk. The event will also have a number of walks and events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Offa’s Dyke Association.    Accommodation can be found on our map of accommodation near Kington and here is Kington Walks Spring Festival’s own website.

24-28 April                      Chepstow Walking Festival, Monmouthshire

Join this popular walking festival which is firmly placed on the walkers’ map.  A programme of 35 walks between 2 – 13 miles for all abilities led by experienced walk leaders showcasing the rich heritage of the Lower Wye Valley and its stunning landscape across the borders of England and Wales. Ticket price includes parking and transport where applicable. Accommodation can be found on our map of accommodation near Chepstow and the full programme and how to book online can be found at Chepstow Walking Festival’s own website from early February.   

27 April- 6 May              Ulverston Walk Fest, Cumbria   

 The 20th Ulverston WalkFest has a programme of volunteer led walks over 10 days, exploring many areas of this beautiful South Lakes region. Ulverston itself is a pretty market town with many festivals and events throughout the year, and many pubs and restaurants.  Accommodation can be found on our map of accommodation near Ulverston and here is Ulverston Walk Fest’s own website

30th April – 6 May         Ride2stride Music and Walking Festival on the Settle to Carlisle Line, North Yorkshire/Cumbria

 The Yorkshire Dales Ride2Stride is a week long festival of walks talks and music along the scenic Settle to Carlisle railway line.  All the free guided walks start from a station and finish at a station where the local pub will be buzzing with live music.  The talks will enhance your knowledge of the local area.  This is a festival for everyone with four or five walks every day, graded  strenuous, moderate and easy. Accommodation can be found on our map of accommodation near the Settle to Carlisle line  and here is  Ride2stride Music and Walking Festival ‘s own website.  

 Ride2stride Music and Walking Festival on the Settle to Carlisle Line
Ride2stride Music and Walking Festival on the Settle to Carlisle Line


4th-6th May                   Llangollen Walking Festival, Denbighshire

Awaiting more details.                            Accommodation can be found on our map of accommodation near Llangollen  and here is  Llangollen Walking Festival’s own website.    

10th-12th May             Kendal Walking Festival, Cumbria

Kendal is set to host it’s third walking festival. Surrounded by beautiful scenery it offers a wide variety of walking experiences. Kendal makes a superb base for those who enjoy walking and the festival has something for everyone regardless of his or her walking abilities.  Accommodation can be found on our map of accommodation near Kendal and here is Kendal Walking Festival’s own website.   

18th May-2nd June    Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival 

This popular festival celebrates its 15th anniversary with an action packed programme of walks and outdoor activities for all, offering 16 days of walking and family fun in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.   Accommodation can be found at The Viking Centre and here is  Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival’s own website.   

Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival
Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival


1st-9th June                  Gower Walking Festival, West Glamorgan

The Gower Walking Festival was started in 2005 by the  Mumbles Tourist Association.  With 35 walks over 8 days it is a hugely popular event in the Gower and Swansea Bay calendar for both locals and visitors.  A not-for-profit event, the Gower Walking Festival is entirely run by volunteers.  Accommodation can be found on our map of accommodation on and around  the Gower Peninsular and here is  Gower Walking Festival’s own website.   

7th-15th June               The Annual South Downs Way Walk , East Sussex/Hampshire

This will be the 40th year of this nine day supported walk along the full 100 miles of the South Downs Way National Trail.  The walk follows the ridge of these gentle chalk hills from the iconic white cliffs of Beachy Head to the medieval cathedral at Winchester.    Accommodation can be found on our map of accommodation in the South Downs and here is The Annual South Downs Way Walk’s own website

14th-23rd June            Moray Walking and Outdoor Festival, Morayshire

Whether it’s a big challenge or a gentle amble, the Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival welcomes you.     Accommodation can be found on our map of accommodation near Moray and here is Moray Walking and Outdoor Festival’s own website

22nd-23rd June           Quantock Walking Festival, Somerset

Stowey Walking, the Walkers are Welcome steering group for Nether Stowey and Over Stowey, are organising this walking festival in and around the Quantock Hills ANOB and West Somerset coast. Many of the walks will have a theme with local experts leading each walk. All walks will start and finish in the village of Nether Stowey, with the opportunity for tea and cake at the end of each walk.  Accommodation can be found on our map of accommodation near the Quantock Hills and here is  Quantock Walking Festival’s own website.    

22nd-30th June           Otley Walking Festival, West Yorkshire

You will be sure of a warm welcome at the 19th Otley Walking Festival with 50 great walks in stunning Wharfedale .  Warm welcome, good company, fantastic scenery. Variety of walks – short town-based walks, strenuous moorland hikes and everything in between, plus full evening events programme.  Festival Highlight – An 8 mile walk incorporating a guided tour of Farnley Hall with its wonderful  collection of unseen Turner water colours.     Accommodation can be found on our map of accommodation near the Otley and here is  Otley Walking Festival’s  own website.    

28th-30th June          Snowdonia Challenge.

Now in its third year this unique 100km walking challenge is attracting walkers from across the world. Held in Betws-y-Coed, North Wales, the perfect base to explore some of the less visited parts of Snowdonia with some of the best views the national park has to offer. Not just your average walking challenge, Snowdonia Challenge is the only event of its kind in the UK! Not for the faint hearted, to take on the full three day challenge you will need commitment and determination to prepare for and complete this event. It is a test of mental and physical resilience and team work and will take you on a journey of self-discovery. It is inspired by multi-day challenges used as military training events in Europe. This is not just about challenging yourself though.  Taking part in the Snowdonia Challenge you will be part of an amazing adventure where you will make new friends and explore parts of Snowdonia you’ve never been before. Full event – 3 day walking event – 100km over 3 days. Or if you’d like to be a part of it but can’t commit to the full 3 days then join us for 1 or 2 days. Accommodation can be found on our map of accommodation in and around Snowdonia and here is  Snowdonia Challenge’s own website.   

Otley Walking Festival
Otley Walking Festival


24th Aug- 1st Sept      Dartmoor Walking Festival, Devon

The Dartmoor National Park are fully supporting the week with ranger-led walks as well as archaeological visits and events.  The aim is to have at least four events each day during the nine-day festival, so there really is something for everybody, with evening talks and walks included.  The week is only limited by your imagination so come along and explore Dartmoor and find out more about this incredibly special place.  Accommodation can be found on our map of accommodation in Dartmoor National Park and here is  Dartmoor Walking Festival’s  own website. 

31st Aug-1st Sept       Corwen Walking Festival, Denbighshire

Two days of wonderful walking, skills talks and evening entertainment  in and around the town of Corwen in the magnificent and majestic Dee Valley.   Accommodation can be found on our map of accommodation near  Corwen and here is Corwen Walking Festival’s  own website.   



1st-30th Sept                Guildford Walkfest, Surrey

Guildford Walkfest is a series of organised walks designed to encourage people of all ages to get out and enjoy our wonderful town and beautiful countryside in and around Guildford. With more than 70 guided walks on the programme there is certain to be something to suit everyone regardless of age, ability or experience and as every year, all the walks are guided, free, and everybody is welcome to join in.   Accommodation can be found on our map of accommodation near Guildford and here is Guildford Walkfest’s  own website.   

7th-14th Sept               Scottish Borders Walking Festival

Hosts Selkirk and the Valleys (Ettrick and Yarrow) will celebrate the milestone 25th outing of the longest established Walking Festival in Scotland and we plan to do it in style. The Festival is organised and run by volunteers with support from Scottish Borders Council and Live Borders. We hope you have fantastic walks in our beautiful countryside, enjoy everything that we have planned for you, and meet plenty of friendly Selkirk “Souters” as you go about the town. Accommodation can be found at Cleikum Mill Lodge  and here is the Scottish Borders Walking Festival’s own website.

7th-22nd Sept             South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival, Yorkshire/Lancashire

Enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the moorlands to the fascinating heritage of the industrial revolution. Join events for families, cyclists, horse riders and walkers as part of the South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival 2019.   Accommodation can be found on our map of accommodation in and around the South Pennines and here is South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival’s own website.   

14th-23rd Sept            Barmouth Walking Festival, Gwynedd

Set in the dramatic beauty of coastal Snowdonia, Barmouth sits on the Northern side of the stunning Mawddach Estuary, sheltered by the Cader Idris Range to the south and the Rhinog Mountains to the north. The Walking Festival has been developed with the aim of encouraging visitors to explore these magnificent surroundings on foot –in the company of keen, experienced and knowledgeable local guides. Historians and naturalists lead some walks and expert advice has been taken to ensure a safe, interesting and varied programme.   Accommodation can be found on our map of accommodation near Barmouth and here is Barmouth Walking Festival’s own website.    

14th-29th Sept            Autumn Footprints, Derbyshire

Awaiting more details.   Accommodation can be found on our map of accommodation in Derbyshire and here is Autumn Footprints’ own website.        

19th-22nd Sept           Kington Walking Festival, Herefordshire

The 8th annual festival has over 35 walks across the 4 days and the programme will be as varied as ever, featuring a variety of lengths and difficulty and, as well the great border countryside and views, will cover subjects such as geology, history, archaeology, flora and cider making.   Accommodation can be found on our map of accommodation near Kington and here is Kington Walking Festival’s own website.

21st-22nd Sept             Snowdonia 24

Snowdonia’s brand new individual or team entry 24 hour challenge. Complete as many 10km laps as you can and do each one at your own pace. Take on the challenge by yourself and see how far you can go, or enter as a relay team  with each team member doing their own distance at their own pace. The 10km trail takes you from the gorgeous village of Betws-y-Coed, up into the Gwydyr Forest and around Llyn Elsi with fantastic views across Snowdonia, before heading back down to the village. The stunning but challenging 10km trail consists of forest tracks,  narrow paths and tarmac, with a couple of hills thrown in, and will be well signed to show you the way. You’ll be fully supported throughout the 24 hours by our team of qualified mountain leaders along the route and our ‘base team’ at the end of each lap. There’ll be a first aid and emergency team on hand for medical support. There’ll be water, snacks and refreshments to keep up your energy levels and hot meals included. Take home an exclusive, locally sourced Snowdonia 24 slate medal and some amazing memories.
Accommodation can be found on our map of accommodation in and around Snowdonia  and here is Snowdonia 24’s own website.        

27th-29th Sept            Ross on Wye Walking Festival, Herefordshire

Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival offers a  wonderful opportunity to explore some of the incredible countryside of South Herefordshire, offering dramatic gorges, rolling hillsides, spectacular views, meandering rivers, ancient forests and parkland.  Add to this experienced leaders and specialists who will explain a range of really interesting features on these walks from local history, bird-spotting, lost castles, unusual churches, local conservation, steam  trains, pre-Roman mining and industrial heritage, ancient caves and local geology formations. It’s a recipe for a great weekend, in a great place, with great people.  Do come along…  Accommodation can be found on our map of accommodation near Ross on Wye and here is  Ross on Wye Walking Festival’s own website.     

28th Sept-6th Oct      Richmond Walking and Book Festival, North Yorkshire

Boots and books, walks and words… Come and join our unique festival with nine days of guided walks in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales plus a programme of town walks and book events in the original Richmond in Yorkshire.  Accommodation can be found on our map of accommodation near Richmond and here is Richmond Walking and Book Festival’s own website.        

28 Sep – 27 Oct            South Lincolnshire Walking Festival

The South Lincolnshire Walking Festival returns for its 5th year, offering walks for all ages and abilities on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Accommodation can be found at The Viking Centre and here is  South Lincolnshire Walking Festival’s own website.    

    Ross on Wye Walking Festival
Ross on Wye Walking Festival



5th-12th Oct                 Crieff and Strathearn Drovers Tryst Walking Festival, Perthshire

The 18th anniversary of this very popular walking festival will include the usual mix of challenging walks, easier interest walks along with a full social programme in the evenings, all set in the stunning Perthshire autumnal scenery.  Accommodation can be found on our map of accommodation near Crieff and Strathearn  and here is Crieff and Strathearn Drovers Tryst Walking Festival’s own website.

10-13 Oct                        Hay Walking Festival, Powys

The Hay on Wye Walking Festival is a celebration of two-footed fun in and around the beautiful border town of Hay on Wye.  We warmly invite you to join us from Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th October 2019 to enjoy our lush countryside, stunning hills and to step into our beautiful town of independent shops, a proudly chain-store free destination. Our walks programme, will be broad ranging in terms of geography and interest.  There is something for all abilities and interests – all day in the hills, town walks, historical walks, a chance to learn from experts and exclusive access to paths and sites not normally open to the public.  Accommodation can be found on our map of accommodation near Hay and here  is  Hay Walking Festival’s own website.