Newton Stewart Walking Festival Sets Great Pace For 2017

With little over a month to go, preparations for the 15th Newton Stewart Walking Festival are well advanced.

The popular annual event, which runs from 5th to 11th May is offering a programme of over 30 guided walks and evening events exploring the wild hills, rugged coastline, rolling countryside and dark skies of Galloway.

Chair of the organising committee, Joan Mitchell, said: “Although this will be our 15th annual event, making us one of the longest running walking festivals in the country, the huge variety of walking opportunities in our corner of south west Scotland means we are always able to offer something new.  This year’s programme includes walks to some of the highest and wildest hills in the south of Scotland as well as to the most southern point of Scotland at the Mull of Galloway, plus lots in between. Several of our routes finish in attractive towns and villages and we have been able to draw on experts in the fields of history, archaeology, geology, wildlife and nature to help bring many of our walks alive.”

Joan added: “Some of our most popular walks are already fully booked, so if you have a particular route you’d really like to do, I’d recommend booking sooner rather than later. And remember, we are offering a full day out with a local guide and all your transport included for only £10.”

The full festival programme is available on the festival’s new website www.walkfestnewtonstewart.com and in the printed brochure, which is available in the usual range of local outlets. Alternatively, you can call the festival booking line on 01671 404500 or keep up to date via the festival’s Facebook page.

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