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May is National Walking Month

May is one of the busiest walking months. With spring flowers bursting forth plus longer, warmer days everyone shrugs away the winter hibernation mode and has the urge to stride back out into the great outdoors. Here are some of the month’s key events...

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Every May, Living Streets – a charity dedicated to making the UK’s streets safe, attractive and enjoyable places – encourages people to take to their feet and feel the benefits of walking. The national campaign hosts events up and down the country and including the Walk to Work and Walk to School weeks.  #WalkThisMay

At iFootpath, we think walking shouldn’t be limited to being just functional, but should be embraced as the world’s best recreational activity too. So don your boots, discover somewhere new and maybe make some new friends with some of this month’s walking festivals.


Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival, 01-10 May 2015

Ten days of free, varied and rewarding guided walks around the unique World Heritage Site. Be sure to include the iFootpath walk of ‘The Woodbridge Inn and Ironbridge’ and say hi to our friends at The Woodbridge Inn as you enjoy your post walk refreshments.


Wirral Walking Festival, 01-31 May 2015

Choose from more than 100 varied guided walks in the parks, open countryside, coast and heritage sites in the Wirral. Be sure to include the iFootpath walk of ‘The Red Fox, Thornton Hough and Brimstage Trail’ and say hi to our fiends at The Red Fox as you enjoy your post walk refreshments.


Suffolk Walking Festival, 09-31 May 2015

An exciting programme of more than 90 guided walks, led by knowledgeable and experienced guides, a fun and sociable way to get a good look at the Suffolk villages, towns, countryside and coast. Be sure to include some of the iFootpath walks in Suffolk including the ‘Adnams Collection’, a collection of 11 walks each taking in at least one Adnams pub where you can enjoy food and a pint to help you on your journey.

North York Moors WalkFest, 22-25 May 2015

Join the North York Moors National Park Authority and friends in the northern area of the National Park for their first walking festival. Be sure to check out the iFootpath collection of walks in the North York Moors too, taking in this magical area of rivers, waterfalls, cliffs and moor. Why not include the iFootpath walk of ‘Moors Inn 8 mile Circular’ and say hi to our friends at The Moors Inn as you enjoy your post walk refreshments.


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