Sheffield Walking Festival 2017

Sheffield Walking Festival 2017

16 August 2017

It’s time to strap on your boots again as Sheffield Walking Festival returns this September.

Having grown from the inaugural festival held last year, this year’s walking festival is set to take place over 10 days (Friday 8 SeptemberSunday 17 September 2017) with 34 walks incorporating a variety of themes and landscapes, to celebrate all sides of the city.

Take in the city’s varied heritage, fascinating suburbs, hidden outdoor art and eclectic pubs, or enjoy a family themed walk including a picnic and paddle.

Several walks will once again showcase the city’s dramatic borders that overlap with the Peak District National Park, while others will shine a light on the city’s more central nature reserves and green spaces.

For those who like a challenge, there’ll be an opportunity to take on the famous Sheffield Round Walk in reverse and a chance to cover off a decent portion of the newly opened Peak District Boundary Walk.

A celebratory walk to mark the 15th anniversary of the Sheffield Walking Group will see a 15 mile Peakland walk to encounter the legend of the Wantley Dragon, while the life of GHB Ward, founder of the Sheffield Clarion Ramblers, will be celebrated on a walk to coincide with the launch of the new Clarion Call book.

There’s also unique opportunity for lovers of outdoor photography to hone their skills on a masterclass walk with award winning outdoor photographer and author, Chiz Dakin. And TV presenter, Andrew White, will lead the walk around Ladybower from the first series of his Walks Around Britain programme.

Sheffield has a strong walking community with more walking clubs than anywhere else in the UK. Organised by Sheffield Walking Forum and supported by The Outdoor City, the festival brings together many of these clubs along with a host of Sheffield’s outdoor communities and national organisations such as The Wildlife Trust, Peak National Park Authority, RSPB, Ramblers Association, Sheffield Environmental Movement, Sheffield Heritage Open Days  and Walkers are Welcome.

All walks in this year’s festival are FREE to attend and are led by experienced and knowledgeable guides, many of them local historians and authors.

For more information and the full festival programme visit www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk/walking-festival