A look ahead to the first Durham Dales Walking Festival, 7th - 9th June 2013

PUBLISHED: 00:33 08 May 2013

Photo courtesy of Visit County Durham

Photo courtesy of Visit County Durham

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Get your boots on for the first Durham Dales Walking Festival

Hundreds of people are expected to strap on their boots and put their best foot forward for the first Durham Dales Walking Festival next month.

Dalescape will feature a series of guided walks in June and a 40km trek taking in the dales’ three rivers in October and Dr Anne Allen, project manager for the festival said: ‘Dalescape is a very exciting prospect and already attracting a lot of attention among walking enthusiasts, both long distance walkers and people who prefer a short ramble. The guided walks on June 7th to 9th will be linked to a programme of events based in and around Barnard Castle.’

The events will include some special themes – it could be art, Nordic walking or teaching navigational skills and may also be linked to other interests such as yoga, a spa, creative writing or bushcraft. The walks may be as short as 6km, up to about 19km.

‘The Dales Three Rivers Challenge on October 5th is challenging long distance route for walkers of around 40 km from Forest-in Teesdale to Barnard Castle taking in the beautiful rivers which run through the area, the Tees, Lune and Balder.’

There will be a choice of 10 guided walks a day in June led by a trained Mountain Leader and specialist tutors will be engaged to deliver the individual themes. Numbers are limited in total to 200 and pre-booking is essential. Walks will be in groups of about 12 and will need their own transport.

Dr Allen added: ‘The Three Rivers Challenge in October is aimed at promoting fantastic river walks in lesser known dales, and we hope both events will encourage more people to enjoy the area and to stay overnight. There is so much to do and see in Teesdale and Weardale and lovely places to stay, but it’s a bit of a best kept secret and we’d like to help change that.’

* For more information, or to book, go to www.discoverdurhamdales.co.uk or call 0300 262626.

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