Get yourself out and about at the walking festival

The 2012 Rothbury Walking Festival was a resounding success, with just under 400 participants joining the walks, which ranged from short 'taster' sessions to the epic Cragside Challenge Walk which closed this, the fourth walking festival in this picturesque part of Northumberland.
The 2012 Rothbury Walking Festival was a resounding success, with just under 400 participants joining the walks, which ranged from short 'taster' sessions to the epic Cragside Challenge Walk which closed this, the fourth walking festival in this picturesque part of Northumberland.

The popular Rothbury and Coquetdale Midsummer Walking Festival takes place later this month, offering trekkers breathtaking views, outstanding scenery and the chance to find out more about the landscape.

Now in its fifth year, the event is described as Northumberland’s premier walking festival and features 18 walks over nine days.

The festival runs from Saturday, June 22, to Sunday, June 30, and a diverse range of walks are on the agenda, ensuring there is something for everyone.

Events on the opening day include a circular walk of the Cheviot, a Nordic walking taster session in Rothbury and a trek exploring Biddlestone.

On Sunday, June 23, there will be a walk to Hedgehope Hill, which stands at 714 metres, and a guided walk to learn more about the legendary Simonside Dwarfs.

There will be a circular walk from Craster on Monday, June 24, followed by an exploration of hillforts in the Rothbury area and a separate Nordic walk north of the village on Tuesday, June 25.

Wednesday, June 26, features a walk to Beef Stand, high in the Cheviots, a red squirrel walk and a guided walk at Cragside.

Hikes at Humbleton Hill and Elsdon, plus an event to learn more about the countryside that surrounds Rothbury are planned for Thursday, June 27.

Exploring the geology of Coquetdale is on the agenda for Friday, June 28, before the Cragside guided and self-guided walks are held on Saturday, June 29.

The festival closes on Sunday, June 30, with a safety in the hills walk, which will include basic navigation..

For details and prices, visit shepherdswalks.co.uk