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Our 2021 Virtual Walking Festival - April 24th - May 3rd - is raring (or should we say bear-ing) to go!

The 2021 Festival is going to be very different this year, due to the pandemic. Even though restrictions are beginning to ease, we will not be able to lead large groups, hold actual social events or ask people to get on a bus. But our Virtual Festival will still be memorable.

We have a Festival Champion, Halty Bear and his ever-increasing band of little bears - to guide you through the week.

We hope that you will have a great time during the nine days from 24th of this month until the May Bank Holiday, making and sharing new memories.

You can  now walk in groups of up to six people, or two families if that is more, and can choose your own walks. Our wonderful countryside is still here to be enjoyed, and wherever you are, in this country or abroad, we hope our plans will help you to do just that.

We have a dedicated  Virtual Festival page, which includes challenges, ideas for routes in the Haltwhistle area (such as the Haltwhistle Rings) and even a pattern, for making you own Halty Bear!

Of course, we want to know what you are doing and more importantly, where your Halty Bear has been! Please take photographs, and use our Facebook Page to share them - and also to see what your fellow festival goers have been up to. You may want to use their ideas.

We will even be holding a Festival Social, "in" the Comrades Club. By Zoom, of course!

A detailed programme is being finalised, Halty Bear will be our Zoom host. Unfortunately it will be a "bear" minimum service in terms of hospitality, you will have to provide your own food and drink! But we will be presenting (virtual) prizes for the photographs which best capture the fun of the 2021 Festival. A Panel of experts (i.e. the committee) will be monitoring Facebook posts; if you don't use Facebook but wish to enter your photographs, send them to us using the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please book for the Festival Social using the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., so that we will know numbers, and we will send you the Zoom Link.


If you would like to make a donation to the Festival, please send a cheque made payable to Haltwhistle walking Festival Ltd, to:

The Treasurer

Haltwhistle Walking Festival Ltd

Whinney House

Shield Hill


NE49 9NW

Typical Walking Scenario and Views