The National Forest Walking Festival will take place 18th - 30th May 2024

If you would like to submit a walk for the 2024 festival, please email 


The programme will be available online in early 2024. Hard copies of the brochure will be available from local tourist outlets from March.

For the latest updates on walks and events in the National Forest and beyond, follow the National Forest Walking Festival Facebook page

National Walking month

The National Walking month falls during May, and we think this is one of the best times of the year to be outdoors in the National Forest. From the drama of spring blossom, the heady scent of bluebells carpeting ancient woods, and the chance to see wildlife in abundance are all wonderful for the mind and soul.

If you would like more information regarding the Walking Festival, accommodation, or general tourist information, email:

For general walk information and the latest updates on activities during the festival, follow the National Forest Walking Festival Facebook page

Walking in the Forest

With miles of trails to walk and beautiful countryside to enjoy, why not lace up your boots and go out exploring? You could try one of our circular walks, or even walk the National Forest Way....or maybe just a section of it!

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Try Orienteering

The aim is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map. It doesn’t matter how young, old or fit you are; you can run or walk at your own pace round the courses.

Visit the British Orienteering Website

Try Geocaching

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasurehunting game using a smart phone (or GPS receiver) to navigate to a set of co-ordinates to find a geocache (container) hidden at that location. To find out more, sign up for free and search for geocaches in your local area – go to the website for the Geocaching Association of Great Britain.

Visit GAGB Website

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