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Walking festival to be extended after success of inaugural event

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 first annual Berwick-upon-Tweed Walking Festival proved a great success, despite a somewhat damp and misty start.

Ramblers flocked to the town from far and wide, with many taking part in organised, guided walks around Berwick.

Many of the walks were completely full, with organisers sourcing extra transport and guides for the most popular.

“We had just under 250 people come to the Berwick Walking Festival and on Saturday and Sunday most of the walkers managed to keep dry, which was brilliant!” said John Monks of the organising committee.

“The festival will again be taking place next year and will be extended to five or six days after such a good take up this year.”

The walks varied from Nordic walks and taster sessions, to a 15-mile cross-border coastal route, and a gentler three-mile historic stroll around Berwick, and a walk to the town via the causeway from Holy Island.

The date for next year’s extended walking festival is due to be confirmed when organisers meet later this month.

 

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