Festival attracting interest

Berwick Walking Festival
Berwick Walking Festival

A new walking festival which will take place in and around a north Northumberland walled town is attracting interest from across the country.

The first Berwick-upon-Tweed Walking Festival is being held over a three-day period, from Saturday, April 5, to Monday, April 7.

The inaugural event features a variety of treks for all abilities, including guided walks along the coast, Nordic walking and a navigational hike.

So far, more than 80 people have signed up for the festival, which has been supported by Berwick Town Council and is being run with the help of company Shepherds Walks.

It is hoped that the event can be extended in length in future years.

Jon Monks, from Shepherds Walks, said: “The festival take up has exceeded all expectations to date and it is great to speak to people who are coming from all over the country for this new event in the calendar.

“Some of the linear walks along the coastline, both north and south of Berwick, have proved hugely popular with extra busses having to be added to accommodate the demand.”

He added: “Also, within the festival, there is everything from a walk that will teach you the basics of navigating in the countryside to walks that look at the history and heritage of the local area.”