The National Trust first walking festival
Did you know The National Trust is the largest non-governmental landowner in the UK, owning approximately 250,000 hectares (660,000 acres) of the great outdoors across England, Wales and Northern Ireland and offers many ideas for days out?
They have just announced their first Walking Festival and the search is on for the nation’s favourite National Trust walk.
Between Saturday 22nd and Sunday 30th October, 150 National Trust properties around Britain will offer guided walks and special events information and trail maps for visitors who prefer to take self-guided walks.
As part of the National Trust’s nationwide Festival of Walking, eight celebrity supporters have nominated their favourite routes across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The celebrities’ walks cover more than 30 miles and range from Adam Hart-Davis’ invigorating walk along the Devonshire coastline, Paul Rose’s route through the spectacular scenery of the Lake District to some lesser known walks in the gardens and parks cared for by the National Trust.
Avid explorer and presenter, Paul Rose said: “Walking is just so amazingly simple. You need no special equipment, no special training, no special clothes; you just close your front door and go for a walk. It’s very easy, just go out and explore.
“Windermere is so accessible, you can just walk a few minutes out of town and yet it has a great sense of true wilderness. It’s a beautiful working environment. This is my local connection to nature right here.”
In contrast to the dramatic hills and lakes of Windermere, the actress and singer Toyah Willcox chose Capability Brown’s sweeping parkland, Croome Park in Worcestershire.
Toyah said: “Croome Park is just absolutely stunning. Worcestershire has beautiful rambling landscapes, gentle rolling hills, its agricultural land so it’s ever-changing and it has a very natural old-world feel about it. Croome is really cleverly designed. You look out across these rolling gentle hills and you see wonderful monuments, follies and statues and the lake in particular is really lovely. You truly feel you own the whole park while you walk around it.”
The National Trust are encouraging us all to submit our own favourites.
From October 20th, we can join the debate online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk./walkingfestival
Everyone who nominates their own favourite will be entered into a prize draw to win National Trust walking boots.