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Guildford Walkfest 2017

With walks ranging from taster walks for beginners, to longer walks for the experienced rambler, Guildford Walkfest is taking place throughout September 2017.

Celebrating its eleventh anniversary, Walkfest 2017 is our largest and most popular community walking event yet with 65 walks.

In partnership with Bevan Wilson Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinics and Experience Guildford, we have combined with walking groups, family organisations, special interest groups and local businesses to offer walks aimed at getting people from every part of the community out and enjoying our borough.

This year's festival includes 'Netwalking' - business networking with a twist, encouraging workers and business owners to 'network while they are walking' on 28 September and four walks by local historian and Joining In! community involvement co-ordinator David Rose for historical insights into North Guildford on  5, 14, 18 and 24 September.

Walkfest also includes two walks arranged with the Mayor of Guildford to support his charity, the British Heart Foundation on 4 and 19 September. He will wave off the opening walk on 2 September. A further walk will support Oakleaf on 5 September. Oakleaf Enterprise is a mental health charity based in Guildford which provides vocational training, social activities and one-to-one counselling for those suffering with mental ill-health.

From beginners' walks to longer rambles

Walks are led by an experienced guide.

Walkfest 2017 includes:

  • at least one walk each day and choices at the weekend

  • lots of taster walks for beginners

  • longer walks for experienced ramblers

  • themed walks using knowledgeable guides

  • hidden places to discover

  • pubs, cafes along the routes.

The Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Nigel Manning, is supporting the festival, with links to his chosen charity, the British Heart Foundation. 

Also supporting the festival is Cllr Iseult Roche, Lead Councillor for Community, Health and Sport, who is keen to encourage residents to get out and enjoy our beautiful borough and keep fit at the same time.

Walkfest has its own website where you can see walk details and information about special offers from local retailers. Details of the Walkfest Festival walks are also listed on our Events Calendar.