Ramble along to walk festival

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Do you want to get fit while meeting people and exploring the beauty of the Bedfordshire countryside?

The county’s annual walking festival takes place from September 5 and the programme has now been announced.

The nine day festival attracts walkers from many parts of the country as well as encouraging those living in the county to get out and explore the countryside.

Walks vary from short health walks to half day and full days with the 40 mile Greensand Ridge Challenge across Bedfordshire as the highlight for those wanting a good long distance walk.

For those preferring to find out more about their surroundings there are numerous informative walks where information is given, “sufficient to inform but not too much so as to bore” according to the organiser of the festival.

To complete an interesting programme there are two maps are fun sessions, where people can find out more about walking maps and how to read them,

A festival spokesperson said: “ Whether you want a serious walk or simply a stroll there is something for almost everyone including the children. Most of the walks are free and booking is not required but where charges and or booking is necessary this is clearly shown”

Programmes are available from Travel Hubs, Libraries, some shops, cafes and pubs and many more or obtain a copy from the festival web site www.bedswalkfest.co.uk.