North Pennines Walking Festival

31st May 2018

The North Pennines Walking Festival (Saturday 30 June – Saturday 14 July 2018) celebrates the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and UNESCO Global Geopark, with walks covering a variety of subjects including local history, nature and geology. Walks for a range of abilities and interests are included in the Festival, and will take place around the AONB, with several of the walks being organised jointly with the AONB Partnership. The first walk of the Festival (Saturday 30 June) starts along the Pennine Way, discovering the glacial history of the area around Kirkcarrion (Middleton in Teesdale). The Botany and Bees walk (Saturday 7 July), starting a stone's throw from the Pennine Way at the Bowlees Visitor Centre, will introduce families to the plant and insect life found along that part of the Way. Other Festival events give walkers chance to explore slightly further afield, sampling the lower lying areas of Talkin (Tuesday 3rd July) and Renwick/Kirkoswald (Sunday 1 July), plus Isaac's Tea Trail (Tuesday 10 July) and the usually inaccessible Little Fell (Saturday 14 July). On the last day of the Festival (14 July), the Pennine Way settlement of Middleton in Teesdale celebrates its launch as a 'Walkers are Welcome' town with a walk up Snaisgill. 

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Little Fell walkers - Mike Thornton