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York walking festival begins this weekend

Published Friday, 17 September 2021

The York Walking Festival is back this weekend offering residents and visitors a 9 day programme.

Events include over 30 guided group walks, competitions and ideas to discover the joy of walking and wheeling in and around York.

City of York Council’s iTravel team have organised the week-long event, which coincides with this year’s York Environment Week, to promote active travel in and around the city and to invite residents to discover new routes and new enjoyment in walking for leisure.

Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Executive Member for Transport said:

Active travel is more than just an option for travel to work or study. It’s wonderful to see such a range of events and routes at York Walking Festival to give residents more confidence walking in and around York both for fun and to find the joy in walking.

This year’s festival boasts over 30 guided group walk including suitable walks for babies, toddlers and expectant mothers; family friendly walk to learn about York’s history; walks suitable for people with visual and walking disabilities; and wildlife walks.

A full list of guided groups walks and activities can be found on the iTravel website.

Follow @iTravelYork on Twitter for updates and ways to get involved throughout the week.

See details of more walking activities taking place across the city as part of York environment week.

For those who wish to enjoy the festival in their own time, there are also plenty of maps, games and competitions that residents can get involved in this coming week:

  • I Spy Trail prize draw in partnership with Little Vikings
  • Club Wilder treasure hunt (Wilberforce Trust)
  • Mindful Walk Bingo

Paper copies of activities can be found at Visit York Information Centre on Museum Street, in addition to braille copies of the Club Wilder treasure hunt.

Residents can also download the BetterPoints app to earn double points when walking during the festival week. There will also be automatic entry to Better Points prize draws for people walking any of these 3 routes:

  • Sensory walk, West Bank Park
  • Askham Bar to Askham Bog and Copmanthorpe
  • Acomb to Rufforth