Chance to explore Sheffield on one of 28 walks during new festival

A walker at Wyming Brook. Sheffield Walking Festival will take place with 28 walks around the city from September 10 to 18, 2016. Photo: Duncan Philpott
A walker at Wyming Brook. Sheffield Walking Festival will take place with 28 walks around the city from September 10 to 18, 2016. Photo: Duncan Philpott
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Sheffield will host a week-long festival of walking as it gives further support to The Outdoor City branding.

Sheffield Walking Festival will run from September 10 to 18 and will involve a programme of 28 walks, from short strolls to longer, more challenging routes such as the 15-mile Sheffield Round Walk.

There will also be a chance to cover the whole of the Sheffield Country Walk over five consecutive days.

Sheffield has a strong walking community with more walking clubs than anywhere else in the UK. The festival, organised by Sheffield Walking Forum and supported by The Outdoor City, will bring together many of these clubs along with various outdoor communities and national organisations such as The Wildlife Trust, Peak National Park Authority, RSPB, Ramblers Association and Walkers are Welcome

Chris Prescott, one of the lead organisers from Sheffield Walking Forum and a director of Walkers are Welcome said: “Though walking festivals have been held in Sheffield in the past, this is a completely new festival for the city, with both a brand new look and style of programming.

“We’ve seen the enormous success of the other walking festivals in the region and we want to emulate that success here.

“Sheffield is a gateway to so many fantastic walks, both directly around the city and on the doorstep of the Peak District, it’s not surprising that we have a very strong walking scene and so we want to harness this to create something which really showcases the region.”

For a full programme visit www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk.

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