Next summer’s Moray Walking and Outdoor Festival in north-west Scotland promises around 60 events in small groups (usually up to a dozen), from gentle two-mile history walks, to a “slow marathon” and a five-day challenge covering the 95 miles of the Moray Way. There’s also fat-tyre mountain biking, a bushcraft workshop and cliff jumping.
• 14-23 June 2019, themorayway.org.uk
Nothing planned this or next weekend? Then get your boots on and head for the 14th Richmond Walking and Book Festival. There are several organised walks each day in the Dales, from Arkengarthdale to Yockenthwaite Moor. When not tramping, take in talks by outdoorsy authors or saunter around the book fair.
• 22-30 September, booksandboots.org
At this weekend’s Sperrins & Killeter Walking Festival in County Tyrone there are three walks a day, ranging from easy to challenging. They’re all led by professional guides and take in neolithic monuments, Sawel Mountain and even a Brexit-themed hike to find out what can be learned about borders from the landscape and the past.
• 22-23 September, sperrinskilleterwalking.com
Isle of Wight
Celebrating its 20th anniversary next year with nearly 100 walks, the Isle of Wight Walking Festival has become one of the UK’s largest. Walk in the footsteps of Jimi Hendrix or take a full-on, 24-hour trek around the island’s 72-mile coastal path.
• April-May 2019, dates tbc,isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk
Walkers can catch the tail-end of the Wales Valleys Walking Festival this weekend, on Sunday’s seven-mile circular walk starting and ending at Parc Calon Lan, Bridgend.
• Until 23 September, thevalleys.co.uk
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