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Ulverston WalkFest 2020

Saturday 25th April - Monday 4th May 2020



Hear what some of our participants say about the 2019 Ulverston WalkFest

Many thanks to you all for an amazing walk festival.

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed it and I have just booked accommodation to come with my husband next year.

Please convey our most heartfelt thanks to all of the volunteer leaders and back markers. Their local knowledge and enthusiasm made a significant difference to the walk.

Thank you

Diane and Charlotte


Once again a great Walkfest. I know only too well these events don't happen without tons of hard work by all. Please thank everyone for making sure the Ulverston Walkfest continues.


A great walkfest. Thanks very much  



Want to say a huge thank you to all who helped put on this festival; such nice people and so many fab walks I wore out my boots

Cathy Marsh


I’ve met all sorts of people who have been on walks all of whom have loved their time.  They’ve been on at least 3 each and were speaking so warmly about their experiences, I’m sure they spread the word.  Anyway, well done you and all the WalkFest team.



Great walk and bird watch today. Saw 2 birds I have never seen before, the other 32 I think I have seen, but if not it was lovely to hear some of them. Thanks to our guide Mike. Also thank you for all the hard work that organising this type of event involves. .
Lovely group of people.



We're having a well earned rest now but will be planning next year's festival early in the new year of 2020. We very much look forward to seeing you next year.



20 years of Ulverston WalkFest

From relatively humble beginnings in 1999, Ulverston Walking Festival, as it was known then, has blossomed and thrived to become a significant and popular contribution to Ulverston as a festival town.  This year we celebrate 20 years of Ulverston WalkFest, as it is now known, and have new walks and events with which to tempt you.

In the early days participants were mostly from the locale.  However, thanks to our website which was set up in 2013 we can now reach walkers on a global scale. Indeed, we have had participants from as far away as the United States of America and Australia, with people joining us from London and other areas of the United Kingdom.  Of course, these people need somewhere to stay and have done so in the many hotels and guest houses in and around the town.  This year, we have been approached by Independent Hostels UK who work with festivals each year, providing free hostel guides and free publicity for us on their website.  So if you need accommodation check out their website www.independenthostels.co.uk or pick up a free full-colour handy-sized Hostel Guide from your walk leader or the organisers. 

New 20th Anniversary Walks

Silly Hat Walk

In April 1999, the then Mayor Ron Creer, the organisers Jean and Steve Povey and Ulverston Town Band kicked off the first walk 20 years ago which was a 'Silly Hat Walk'.  With a trip down memory lane our first walk in 2019 will be a 'Silly Hat Walk'.  You are strongly urged not to miss this event.  Bring a silly hat and a sense of humour!

20 Spectacular Trees      Tuesday 30th April

A circuit of Tarns Hows and Monk Coniston estate with Martin Cooper taking in examples of the oldest, tallest, largest, rarest and most unusual trees in the U.K.


Ulverston Anniversary History    Friday 3 May

Local historian Jennifer Snell will show you 20 points of interest in and around St. Mary's Parish Church.


20k Anniversary Walk - Circuit of Ulverston               Friday 3 May

This 12.5 mile walk will take in many of the highlights of the surrounding countryside including Ulverston Canal, the Coastal Way, Conishead Priory, Birkrigg Common, the Ancient Church of Great Urswick, Swarthmoor Hall and the Sir John Barrow Monument. 





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