This year’s Bedfordshire Walking Festival takes place from 8th to 16th September and has activities suitable for almost all abilities. Choose from one of the many ‘Walks for Health’ of between 30-90 minutes, an informative guided walk of around two hours, a half day walk of around 3 hours, or for the really serious, full days of between 12-21 miles. There’s something for everyone!
There are plenty of Walks for Health around Bedford Borough throughout the festival including from the Butterfly Bridge on the Embankment, The Sportsman on The Boundary in Putnoe, London Road Health Centre, The Cafe at Priory Country Park, Bromham Mill, Great Denham Golf Club and a ladies only walk from the Gurdwara Temple in Queens Park. Walks for Health is a joint venture between The Ramblers and The Peoples Post Lottery.
In Bedford there are three guided walks where you can variously hear about murderers, their victims, prison reformers, soldiers, suffragettes and Victorian funeral etiquette. See the Highland soldiers who invaded Bedford in 1914, the messiah who was the daughter of God and a remarkable Strawberry tree. “The stories behind the headstones” at Foster Hill Road cemetery on Sunday 16th at 1-30pm. led by friends of the cemetery volunteer the very knowledgeable Adrian Bean. No booking necessary andNo charge for the walk. Donations for the upkeep of the cemetery welcome.
On Monday afternoon starting from St Peter’s Green at 1-30pm come and discover some surprising facts and the secrets to be found on the Northern side of the town and how education has always been important to Bedford. This fascinating walk is intriguingly titled Three R’s. One AAH and some OOh’s. No Booking and No charge for the walk. Led by knowledgeable and Bedford resident Barry ingram.
Tuesday morning at 11-00am “The Jewel in the Crown” starting from outside the Old Town Hall in St Pauls Square, Come and find out how the construction of this part of the town came about and hear about the many features which stand on either side of the River Great Ouse and can so easily be overlooked. Led by one of the Bedford town guides Booking essential 01234 718044 or in person at The Box office Harper Suite Harper Square Bedford..
One of the most attractive features of the festival is that many of the walks are free and do not require booking so you can just turn up. Where booking and charges are necessary these are shown in the programme and bookings along with payment can be made via the festival web site.