Walk this way if you want some exercise

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Put your best foot forward and head out into the Bedfordshire countryside for this year’s county walking festival.

More than 70 walks have been set up for the nine-day long festival from September 6-14, taking in some of the breathtaking scenery across Bedfordshire.

Whether it’s a family ramble with the children or an informative walk with a knowledgeable leader or something more serious with a 40 mile challenge over two days the festival has it all.

Organised by The Bedfordshire Rambler groups the festival offers an interesting and varied walk every day and many are accessible using public transport.

Organiser Barry Ingram said: “This will be the sixth and each year we have seen an increase in people enjoying the excellent walking opportunities Bedfordshire has to offer.

“The walks are free although a few have a small charge for additional services and the fact many are accessible by public transport is good for the environment.”

Walkers can enjoy a three-hour six- mile circular starting from Tiddenfoot Waterside Car Park on the Saturday (September 6).

Stories about the Great war are very poignant at the moment and a 2.5 hour guided walk starting from Memorial Park, Mentmore Road entitled In The Footsteps of Linslade’s Great War on Wednesday 10th should not be missed.

Health walkers are not forgotten at Leighton Buzzard with a choice of three.

Programmes are available in libraries, Tourist Information Centres, at visitor attractions and many other places and also available on the festival website: or by contacting the organiser via email: organiser@bedswalkfest.co.uk

> As part of the festival, Leighton Buzzard Ramblers have a walk from The Three Locks car park on the Sunday, September 7.

Meet at the library car park at 9am initially for the seven-mile trek around Soulbury, Old Linslade, and the Grand Union Canal. Walk leader is Tony Kimble 01525 377804 or 07779 488519.

Next Tuesday (September 9), the Ramblers will be meeting at Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre at 9.30am ahead of a six-mile outing to Harlington Wood End, Westoning Wood End, Westoning, return to Harlington via John Bunyon trail.

Walk leader is Mike Shephard on 01525 755590 or 07805 218727.