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Boots laced up for start of Fal River Autumn Walking Festival

From 19 October 2012

More walks, more guides and more fun in stor as the boots are laced up for this year's Fal River Autumn Walking Festival, sponsored by The Nare.

The final preparations are in full swing as the Fal River Autumn Walking Festival, sponsored by The Nare, returns for its second year.

The festival launches on Friday, October 19 with a special guided walk taking place around Nare Head and finisihing at The Nare who are the festival's title sponsors.

This is the second year of the festival and comes complete with an increase in the number of guided and self-guided walks on offer.

The self-guided walks are designed to inspire people of all abilities to get out and enjoy the area of outstanding natural beauty that surrounds the Fal River, the Roseland and the Helford.

The guided walks will see walk guides from the local area taking out small groups of walkers to enjoy the area. These are ideal for people who enjoy walking in groups or for people who don't want to take on the walks on their own. 

Special training

Last week, organisers of the Fal River Autumn Walking Festival provided a special training event to ensure that their guides’ local knowledge and passion reaches as many walkers as possible when the event starts next week.

People from across the county have come forward to guide 26 different walks throughout this year’s festival –  including local people who have never led a walk before, but have a huge amount of passion, stories and knowledge that they want to share.  

Through the free training event, they were given support and guidance on how to guide their walks from walkitcornwall – a professional walking organisation contracted by the festival to co-ordinate the walks and its guides.

Festival Director, Tommy Tonkins, says it's great the event has attracted so many guides: “Guided walks are vital to the festival as they are an opportunity to find out about the history or interesting facts about the area. 

"Some involve activities or experiences. With such a huge number of guides coming forward, we are able to tap into a wealth of knowledge and share this with our walkers."

Walk variety

The guided walks will cover a range of interests including Nordic walking workshops and fitness walks led by Walk Kernow and Kate Jackson, wild food foraging with Rachel Lambert,conservation walks with Helford Marine Conservation Group and local history from experts including the Carrick Ramblers, the National Trust and Natural England.

The festival takes place from the Roseland to Helford, between Friday 19th October and Sunday 4th November.  To find out about walks near you, book a place, or download a self-guided walk, click here.

Walking Festival website >