The programme for Bedfordshire’s annual walking festival – the largest of its type in the region – has been released.
The nine-day countywide festival in September attracts walkers from many parts of the country as well as encouraging those living in our 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.
It is “sufficient to inform but not too much so as to bore”, according to the organiser of the festival.
There will be two map fun sessions, where people can find out more about walking maps and how to read them.
A festival spokesman 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.”
The festival starts on Saturday, September 5, and continues with walks everyday until Sunday, September 13.
On the first day there will be a walk at 10am entitled Tempsfield Airfield – A Walk through SOE History.
It will be starting from Everton Parish Church, Church Lane. Post Code: SG19 2JSOS Map GR: TL 203 512 Centre page map D3 for a distance of 4.6 miles.
Organisers say this walk will appeal to local people anhistorians as well and people interested in RAF and SOE missions to resistance movements in Occupied Europe during WW2. Spies and SOE operatives were flown to and from occupied France and elsewhere under the noses of the Wehrmacht and Gestapo.
There are also walks around Clophill, Souldrop and Harrold Country Park, and around Ridgmont area.
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
The festival is organised by Bedfordshire Ramblers and supported by Bedford Borough, Luton Borough and Central Bedfordshire Councils, the National Trust, The Greensand Trust, RSPB, The Forest of Marston Vale and Bedforshire Rural Communities Charity.