Walk this way and help festival put a spring in Stevenage’s step

Stevenage Walking Festival feature - Making your way on a well marked path through a field of rape,

Stevenage Walking Festival feature - Making your way on a well marked path through a field of rape, near Wymondley. - Credit: Archant

The third annual Stevenage Walking Festival steps out with a crowded calendar of pedestrian possibilities on Saturday.

Carol Stokes (North Herts Ramblers) leads a group of walkers onto the Pegsdon Hills.

Carol Stokes (North Herts Ramblers) leads a group of walkers onto the Pegsdon Hills. - Credit: Archant

During the short festival, which runs until Sunday, May 10, there are more than 30 varied walks that aim to tempt you up out of your armchair and out into the great outdoors to enjoy the benefits of exercise in a social setting.

You can choose from long, medium or short picturesque walks suitable for every level of ability.

The long walks are up to 14 miles, the shortest options cover four to five miles, and there is also a challenge walk which extends to a marathon 27 miles.

All are free – although walkers will be encouraged to make a donation to the festival’s chosen charity, carers’ support organisation Crossroads Care Hertfordshire North, and some have been designed with dogs and families in mind.

Terry Ingle (Stevenage Leisure 50) briefs a group of Walkers on St Ippolyts Green.

Terry Ingle (Stevenage Leisure 50) briefs a group of Walkers on St Ippolyts Green. - Credit: Archant


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The festival, which coincides with national Get Walking Month and is linked to Hertfordshire’s Year of Walking, has been organised by members of Stevenage Leisure 50, North Herts Ramblers and Stevenage Health Walks group.

There will be an official launch at the Stevenage showground on Sunday morning, and you can see the full programme online by searching ‘Stevenage walking festival.’

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The festival is supported by Stevenage Borough Council and strategic director Matt Partridge said: “This is the third year that we’ve supported the festival and I hope that more people than ever take part and enjoy some of the charming walking areas both within Stevenage and in the surrounding countryside.”

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