Walking festival pulls in hundreds of people

Walking guide Patrick leading the way as a group set out from Berwick on the 12mile coastal walk to Eyemouth Berwick walking Festival. Shepherd Walks,
Walking guide Patrick leading the way as a group set out from Berwick on the 12mile coastal walk to Eyemouth Berwick walking Festival. Shepherd Walks,
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The second Berwick Walking Festival has been hailed as a massive success – and there are talks of making next year’s event even bigger.

The festival took place from Saturday, April 11, to Thursday, April 16, and featured a range of walks, including a series of hikes along St Cuthbert’s Way.

Nordic walking taster sessions on Spittal beach Berwick walking Festival. Shepherd Walks,

Nordic walking taster sessions on Spittal beach Berwick walking Festival. Shepherd Walks,

Other treks included Nordic walking, a circular guided walk exploring the history around the River Tweed and a number of geology walks.

More than 200 people took part during the course of the six days, including many who came to the area specially for the festival.

The event was organised by Rothbury-based Shepherds Walks, in conjunction with Berwick Town Council and others, including geo-walks firm Northumbrian Earth and the Northumberland Coast AONB.

Jon Monks, from Shepherds Walks, said: “It was a really good event. We had just over 200 people altogether, which was fantastic, and all of the walks we put on became full.

Nordic walking taster sessions on Spittal beach Berwick walking Festival. Shepherd Walks,

Nordic walking taster sessions on Spittal beach Berwick walking Festival. Shepherd Walks,

“The daily walks along parts of St Cuthbert’s Way proved popular and a number of people signed up to take part each day.

“The good thing is that the event brought people to the area and we had festival-goers from the likes of London, Bradford and Ayr, in Scotland.

“We extended this year’s event to six days, on the back of the successful 2014 festival, which ran over three days.

“We are now looking at extending the festival again to make next year’s event a full seven-day walking festival.”

Walking group at Beal ready to set off across Holy Island causeway along the Pilgrims Way'Berwick walking Festival. Shepherd Walks,

Walking group at Beal ready to set off across Holy Island causeway along the Pilgrims Way'Berwick walking Festival. Shepherd Walks,

○ Places are still available for the Northumberland Coastal Challenge 2015, which takes place on Monday, May 4.

This 26.2-mile linear walk covers the Northumberland coastal line from just north of Bamburgh to Alnmouth.

The official charity for this year’s event is HospiceCare North Northumberland.

For more information, including prices, start time and booking details, visit the website shepherdswalks.co.uk or call 01669 621044.