Get set for walking festival and discover county’s finest

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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 Saturday, September 6 until Sunday, September 14, taking in some of the breathtaking scenery across the county.

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.

Example walks include on the first day a section of the North Bedfordshire Heritage Trail, starting in Sharnbrook and following a route to Priory Country Park, Bedford, where the group will meet. Transport is organised.

The first day also sees walks around Clophill, a circular walk around Marston Vale area, the Ouse Valley Way from the Embankment and exploration of SSSI sites around Flitton and Flitwick Moor. There’s also rambles from Clophill to Ampthill taking in Maulden Woods, and a railway walk from Lidlington station.

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.”

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