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 HWF 20th Anniversary  

The 2023 Festival has come to an end and we reflect on the terrific time we had over the 10 days.
A great Festival doesn’t happen by chance. It needs a lot of support from a lot of people. We would like to gratefully acknowledge the contributions made by the following people in particular:



• The HWF volunteers - Walk Teams and ‘behind the scenes’ contributors
• The local establishments who helped promote the Festival
• The local accommodation providers
• Stuart and the team at Amble Coaches
• Our experts on the specialist walks - Gordon Beaks, Ian Brown, Ian Jackson, Nick Leeming, John Sadler and Beverley
• The team at Ladycross Nature Reserve
• The ladies of Catton WI
• The ladies of Cambo WI
• The National Trust at Scots Gap
• The Village Hall at Great Whittington
• Elaine and the team at The Nook, Epiacum
• Martin and the team at the Black Bull, Haltwhistle
• Terry and the team at The Manor House, Haltwhistle
• Laura and the team at The Comrades Club, Haltwhistle                                                     
• The services of Eventbrite                                                                                                                              Photograph: Marj Baillie
• Blake Printers Ltd, Haltwhistle
Above all, we would like to thank every single one of our wonderful walkers who came from all over the UK to join us. Without such enthusiastic participants, there would be no Festival.
We hope you have enjoyed discovering more about this beautiful, unique place we call home.

See you next year! Keep an eye on the website.


If you would like to get a feel for the area through which we walk, check out "Walk The Tyne" ( It contains stunning images taken by Geoff Chrisp, a valued member of the Haltwhistle Walking Festival team.

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We have been supporting the Haltwhistle Walking Festival for many years. It is a great community enterprise run by friendly and sociable people. Thanks to you, we have explored remote parts of Northumberland (such as the Wilds of Wanney!) in the company of like-minded walkers. Looking forward to fresh adventures in 2020 and beyond.


Ann & Bernard, Newcastle upon Tyne

I've been coming to the Haltwhistle Festival for quite a few years now and always look forward to it. From treading in the footsteps of Wainwright or the Border Reivers to wandering along the banks of the South Tyne or discovering England's newest mountain, the walks are always well planned and imaginative. Together with the wonderful wild landscape and the exceptional friendliness of the group it makes for a most enjoyable holiday, well worth my 250 mile drive to get there.


Sue, Gloucestshire

It is well worth our 280 mile journey from West Wales to take part in the Haltwhistle walking festival. A stunning part of the country. Superb well organised walks. Mountains of local knowledge and fabulous company. Try to keep us away. Go once and you will keep going back.


Chris and Jeff West Wales