Bristol Walk Fest 2016 – Walk This Way!

Walk FestIt’s back! Bristol Walk Fest is the UK’s largest urban celebration of walking, and they are coming to a neighbourhood near you!

From 1st – 31st May 2016, Walk Fest’s packed programme will offer you  a great opportunity to explore Bristol, meet new people, learn something new and enjoy some fresh air and exercise.

The programme features over 170 walks and events from over 70 organisations and covers a wide range of themes, activities and interests. This year we have many returning favourites, but also some new organisations and walks. Some of the highlights include:

·         South Bristol street art tour – 7th May

·         Northern Slopes (Knowle) Tree Trail – 9th May

·         ‘Wild Swimming Walks’ book launch at Stanfords – 12th May

·         After Dark Arnos Vale walk – 13th May

·         Learning and singing in Victoria Park – 15th May

·         The launch of Bristol Walking Alliance – 17th May

·         A medical herb walk in Eastville Park – 19th May

·         A creative adventure walk near Eastwood Farm – 28th May

All walks have easy-to-follow grading and description, with most being offered free of charge. There really will be something for everyone.

Bristol is amazing! It has masses of green spaces, waterways and cultural & community venues to explore. And what better way to discover them, than on foot. Connecting with other walkers and learning new things as you go. Last year, when asked what they got from being part of the festival, the largest proportion of our walkers (77%) said that they learnt new things. As Bristol is a city of learning in 2016, why not join us and discover something you never knew about your neighbourhood?

Why Walk? Walking is a hugely sociable activity and a lot of fun. It is also a widely evidenced ‘wonder drug’ reducing the risk heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, amongst many other conditions. It improves how you feel mentally, be that enjoying the wildlife on your walk, alleviating anxiety, or helping with more serious mental health issues.

The festival launches on Thursday 28th April with a ‘Compass Walk’. Starting mid-morning from four corners of Bristol, walkers will converge on the City Centre for a celebration and refreshments just after 5pm. Walkers can join for one or two shorter sections or an entire ‘compass’ route!

Walks will take place all across Bristol and on every single day in May. For more information and to find walks near you head towww.bristolwalkingfestival.co.uk. The programme is available online and printed programmes are available from local and central libraries and the Tourist Information Centre.

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