Walk this way for Berwick’s brand new four-day festival

Walkers are due to flock to Berwick in April

Walkers are due to flock to Berwick in April

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The final preparations are underway for the brand new Berwick Walking Festival, which takes place this April.

More than 80 people from all over the country have already booked to come to Berwick to attend the event, with more expected to join in the coming weeks.

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

Jon Monks, from Rothbury-based Shepherds Walk, which is helping to run the event, said the popularity of the festival was proving a real boost.

“The Berwick-upon-Tweed Walking Festival 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,” he said.

The event was first mooted last year, and a group of interested parties got together to plan the brand new walking festival for 2014 after gaining the support of Berwick Town Council.

The aim was to offer a programme of activities in the spring, complementing the food and film festivals taking place in the autumn.

The inaugural Berwick Walking Festival this Easter will take place over four days, but it is hoped to grow in length in future years to keep pace with demand.

The first, four-day event has some great walks for all abilities. The festival consists of everything from a walk that will teach you the basics of navigating in the countryside, to walks - led by a local historian - that look at the history and heritage of the local area and surroundings.

The walks vary in distance from a 15-mile St Abbs to Berwick route, rated ‘difficult’, to a much gentler three-mile stroll around Berwick, which includes entry to some historic buildings that are not usually open to the public, such as a 16th century gun emplacement and the 18th century garrison gunpowder magazine.

Nordic walks and Nordic walking taster sessions are also on the programme, as is a stunning 10-mile walk from Holy Island, when walkers will meet in Berwick and be transferred to the Holy Island Causeway, before being guided back to town.

The full programme for the Berwick Walking Festival is online at www.berwickwalking.co.uk. Free walk programmes for the walking festival are now available at Berwick Tourist Information Centre, or alternatively you call 01669 621044 and ask to have one posted out to you.

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