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Don’t miss this year’s Warwickshire Walking Festival

An array of walks of all kinds are on offer this year as part of Warwickshire’s second Walking Festival hot on the heels of the success of last year’s event.

The festival gets underway on the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend on Saturday, May 27, and continues through until Sunday, June 4.

During this period there will be 60 walks staged across Warwickshire taking in familiar spots and hidden gems in the county.

There will be walks in Warwickshire’s historic towns and beautiful countryside, including pub walks, health walks, walks featuring historical buildings, and strolls through woodland and along rivers and canals.

Several themed walks cover such areas as tress, modern forestry, wildlife, local history, a local brewery, an organic farm and even ghost stories.

The festival - sponsored by TNT and ARUP - is backed by Macmillan Cancer Relief and BBC West Midlands, with Macmillan organising a walk at Elmhurst Organic Farm.

There is also the chance to win some fantastic prizes by taking part in the walks such as a voucher for £150 from Go Outdoors, a voucher for £150 from Lockwoods, and Brasher Hillman GTX boots, three season socks and boot conditioning cream from Jacksons of Arley.

Cllr Martin Heatley, Warwickshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Environmental Services, said: “There are some fantastic walks here for all ages and abilities. By checking through the detailed guide people can choose whether they go for a walk near to home, or travel to discover another part of the county.”

A festival guide is available by telephoning 01926 313413 or at paths@warwickshire.gov.uk, or the guide can be viewed online at http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/walkingfestival