Enjoy the great outdoors at county’s walking festival

Bedfordshire Walking Festival.
Bedfordshire Walking Festival.

Step out into the great outdoors from this weekend when the Bedfordshire Walking Festival 5th to 13th September.

The nine-day festival runs from Saturday, September 5 until Sunday, September 13 and is organised by The Ramblers Bedfordshire Area and supported by all three local councils.

There are routes across the whole county in the programme

There are informative walks from the Chilterns Gateway visitor centre and a magical Walk in the Woods going through woodland, heathland, meadows,and parkland giving you an opportunity to experience the tranquil, wonderful wildlife and magnificent views at this great site starting from the Heron’s view visitor centre Rushmere Park.

For people who like challenges the annual Greensand Ridge 40 mile two day event gives walkers an opportunity to cross the county from Leighton Buzzard in the west to Gamlingay in the East, Those completing the challenge receive their well deserved certificates and some people raise money for charity at the same time.

There is an opportunity to take in the historic villages of Woburn and Aspley Guise along with Woburn Sands with a 10 mile circular on September 13. For those looking further a field there are two interesting walks starting from Ridgmont station on the first Saturday of the festival. The first being a three hills circular with differing views from each of the three hills including what is probably the best view across the Marston Vale. In the afternoon go on safari with a Walk on the Wild Side. You will be surprised at what you encounter on this six-mile circular and on return enjoy refreshments at the Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre Cafe.

The festival offers two 2.5 hour practical sessions looking at maps on September 5 at 10.45am and 2.15pm at The Forest Centre Marston Vale. Booking is essential.

Most of the walks are free and you can just turn up, however some require booking and some have a charge involved.

Full details can be found in the programme or on the website www.bedswalkfest.co.uk