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Hundreds walk tall during fun inaugural trek

Part of Berwick Walking Festival, the Nordic Walk, led by Jane Monks, sets off from Spittal Point car park. Picture by Zoltan Simonffy

Part of Berwick Walking Festival, the Nordic Walk, led by Jane Monks, sets off from Spittal Point car park. Picture by Zoltan Simonffy

The inaugural Berwick Walking festival has been hailed a success, with visitor numbers exceeding all expectations.

Just under 250 people from across the country took part in the three-day event, from Saturday to Monday.

It proved so popular that some of the walks were sold out weeks before the event, even after extra guides were drafted in to allow for increased numbers of participants.

The festival featured a range of guided hikes for all abilities, including town trails, coastal and navigational treks and Nordic walks. There was also the chance for people to try one of the self-guided walks in the town.

The event was supported by Berwick Town Council and run by Rothbury-based company Shepherds Walks.

Jon Monks, of Shepherds Walks, was delighted with how the debut festival went.

He said: “The first year of this Berwick Walking Festival exceeded all expectations and it was great to see so many of the walkers making a week’s holiday in the region.

“Berwick has such varied walking it makes for a great location to grow the festival into one of the premier walking festivals in the country.

“Just under 250 people came from all over the country, from as far away as the south coast to stay in Berwick-upon-Tweed and participate in the guided walks and activities that took place.”

It is planned to hold the event at the same time next year, with this date being confirmed later in the month.

 

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