Haltwhistle Walking Festival

© Haltwhistle Walking Festival

The Smith

(Haltwhistle and District)

Charitable Trust

Haltwhistle Walking Festival


October 7th to 15th


The Festival has finished. Despite some very challenging weather, it has been a great success. Lots of you seem to enjoy walking in the wind and rain!

The festival was opened by polar explorers Conrad and Hilary Dickinson, who are local residents. Some stalwarts will remember Conrad from the famous wet walk to Scotland a few years ago! Others of you will have seen Conrad in TV programmes documenting the expedition he led to the South Pole, with Prince Harry on the team. Conrad and Hilary walked with us on the first day of the 30th festival.

Celebrating Northumberland, an evening of projected photographs of this wonderful county. This was a chance for walkers, volunteers and local people to get together on Wednesday 11th October and a good time was had by all. It was wonderful to see old friends who set up the festival and who came along to support us.

Our Social Evening was on Friday 13th October and was packed out. The food was wonderful and the entertainment (showcasing local talent) was unique and most enjoyable.

On the bus journey to the start of the long walk on 13th, the leader, Andy, explained that originally the leader was to be Catriona, but she fell and broke an arm. Then Geoff took over, but he fell last Saturday and broke a finger. Andy, who was the deputy leader, took over. The bus driver chipped in to remind us that our regular bus driver, Chris, was not there because he had fallen out of the bus and broken an elbow!!  A good day was had by all the walkers and the weather was not as bad as everyone feared.

Important dates for your diaries

Spring Festival 2018

April 28th - May 7th

Autumn Festival 2018

September 29th - October 7th

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First group of

the Festival

Group at the source

of the South Tyne