As of 18 March 2020 we have decided not to hold Ulverston WalkFest this year because of the Coronavirus.
We shall be sorry not to see you lovely people who come to share the glories of the outdoors with us but we are confident we will be back in business next year. Thank you for your support in previous years and we look forward to seeing you next year
Stay safe and carry on...
We now have our 2020 walks programme available which is on the Walks tab of our website. Our full printed programme will be available at the end of February both locally and in the South Lakes area.
Once again we have a range of walks to suit all tastes and abilities, some are the firm favourites but about a third of our 38 walks are new ones. This year we introduce evening walks which start from Ulverston town centre and involve a visit to a pub at some point during the walk. We also have four new leaders who, like all our walks leaders, are qualified or experienced.
This year we are promoting safety on the fells. We have advice on how to enjoy our walks but also provide advice when walking at other times. This useful and essential information is provided by the Lake District Search and Rescue Association a link can be found at the bottom of the 2020 walk programme on the Walk tab.
Advice for walkers participating in Ulverston WalkFest
Safety on the Fells
For those who are not regular walkers here are a few notes on how to stay safe and enjoy the fells. While our walk leaders will endeavour to lead a safe walk for all their walkers there are some things which are up to the individual. Be sure that you are fit enough for the walk you choose. Look at the length, height climbed and general description. A 6 mile fell walk should not be underestimated. Next, note the weather forecast for the day. Our weather can change very quickly. Dress and come equipped for the walk chosen and the predicted weather always with full water and wind proofs, hat and gloves, a spare warm fleece or jumper and, preferably, walking boots (with tread and ankle support). Wool or man-made fibres tend to be good, cotton has virtually no insulation properties when wet and should be avoided (ie no jeans!). Consider if you sprained an ankle and had to wait for help. A walking pole may assist balance on rough ground. Finally, eat well before the start and snack throughout the walk. Your leaders will cover other appropriate aspects of looking after your safety with regard to the route and managing the group.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL IN 2020 FOR ANOTHER EXCITING WALKFEST