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Walking Festival returns for bumper year

Smuggler’s trails, wild play activities and fascinating wildlife are just some of the treats awaiting walkers in this autumn’s extended New Forest Walking Festival.


The festival boasts dozens of guided walks led by knowledgeable local experts and booking is now open online.


Walks take you behind the scenes in the Forest to reveal the area’s history, heritage and wildlife from Saturday 12th October to Sunday 3rd November, which includes half term week.


The extended festival is part of the nationwide Year of Green Action — a year-long drive to get more people involved in projects to celebrate and protect the natural world.


Run by the New Forest National Park Authority with support from Forest organisations and businesses, the festival has proved popular with residents and visitors since it began in 2013. In 2018 more than 1,600 people enjoyed 75 behind the scenes family strolls, history hikes, wildlife walks and more.


Many of the walks are free or discounted.


For full details, including booking, visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/walkingfestival




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