Be a step ahead for Bristol's Walking Festival

April 26 2014

AVID ramblers will have the opportunity to join in with specialist walks around the local area, as part of the Bristol Walking Festival.

AVID ramblers will have the opportunity to join in with specialist walks around the local area, as part of the Bristol Walking Festival. 

The largest of its kind in an urban area, the festival - running from April 26 to May 26 - is designed to appeal to regular and not-so-regular walkers of all ages.

The varied programme features around 150 guided walks including new opportunities this year for speed dating, business networking and learning about the suffragettes.

Councillor Barbara Janke, assistant mayor for health, said: "We have a varied and dynamic programme of walks that should appeal to anyone who wants to step out, meet people and learn something new. There is enough to appeal to regular walkers who want a challenge and those who want to improve their fitness levels."

Evidence shows that regular walking reduces the risk of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, type 2 diabetes, some cancers and helps to counter depression and maintain mental wellbeing.

The 2014 festival follows on from the success of last year’s week-long event, which saw hundreds of people taking part. Feedback revealed a demand for a longer festival, so this year’s programme is running over four weeks with double the number of walks and participating organisations.

Booking in advance is recommended as many of the walks have limited numbers.

More information and the brochure for the festival is available at: www.bristolwalkingfestival.co.uk.

Be a step ahead for Bristol's Walking Festival

Getting Bristol Families Alive N Kicking!
Alive N Kicking walks are aimed at families and young people who wish to get outside and get active! Our leaders will help pace the walk so you get fitter, healthier and having fun for FREE!
Starts: May 22, 5pm at Horfield Leisure Centre, Dorian Rd, Horfield, Bristol, Avon BS7 0XW | Duration: 1hr, 1-3 miles | Cost: Free | Places: 20 | Contact: Hayley Martin | Tel: 0117 942 2602 | bristol@ank.uk.com

Purdown, Snuff Mills & Eastville Park
A mix of urban and rural with superb views from the top of Purdown. Return route along the Frome Valley and Eastville Park.
Starts: May 7, 9.45am at Montpellier Railway Station, BS6 5EE | Duration: 2.5-3hrs, 5 miles | Cost: Free | Contact: Geraldine Cruickshank | Mob: 07535 135155 | www.bristolramblers.org.uk

Redland history walk
A walk through Redland looking at some of its history and points of interest. Come and discover some of Redlands hidden secrets.
Starts: May 13, 10.30am at Water Tower, Stoke Road BS9 1FG | Duration: 3 miles | Cost: Free | Contact: Roger Salter | Tel: 01225 872392 | rsalter46@btinternet.com

Schools photography trails and picnic
Enjoy a stroll and picnic and take some photos for the festival competition. All adults must be accompanied by a child! Suitable for digital cameras or camera phones - some cameras available on the day. For primary school children and their parents/carers.
Starts: May 22, 3.45pm at Redland Green | Duration: 1hr, 1.5 miles | Cost: Free | Contact: Emma Parker | Mob: 07500 833 132 | emma.parker@sustrans.org.uk |

Villas, Cottages & Houses: The Making of Westbury Park
A walk through the history of Westbury Park from the early 1800s to today.
Starts: May 15, 6.30pm at 23 Coldharbour Road BS6 7JT (opp Cambridge Arms) | Duration: 1.5hrs, 1.5 miles | Cost: Voluntary donation of £2 | Places: 25 | Contact: Jeff Bishop | patandjeff@cbnd.com

Walk Ping, Talk Ping
A walk ping tour to 4 of the 20 plus outdoor ping pong tables now in Bristol parks and green spaces. Return by bus from Gloucester Rd or walk. All levels of players welcome, bats and balls provided.
Starts: May 22, 10.30am at St James Roundabout (The Bearpit) by the table tennis table | End: St Andrews Park | Duration: 2.5 miles | Cost: Free | Contact: Cheryl Martin | Mob: 07530 564 332 | cherylmartin@linkagewestofengland.org.uk | www.linkagebristol.org.uk