ORGANISERS of Ulverston’s popular WalkFest have released the programme for this year’s ten-day event that will run from Saturday April 27 to Monday May 6.

The programme has been carefully chosen so that there are walks to appeal to all ages and abilities. Many walks take in local and industrial history and give walkers an insight to the rich heritage of the area.

Other walks take advantage of the surrounding hills and Lakeland Fells and take walkers to the Duddon and Rusland Valleys or have an activity focus such as sketching and wildlife observation. Each walk will be led by a volunteer, local walk leader and wherever possible the starting point has been fixed so that it can be reached using public transport.

The WalkFest also has a number of supporting events open to the public. These include a talk by national broadcaster Eric Robson on ‘Wainwright Redefined’ and another by local author Paddy Dillon on the Cumbria Way. A Backpackers’ Club annual general meeting taking place over the first weekend opens up the opportunity to visit an outdoor trade fair in Ford Park. Workshops on lightweight packing, pitching tents and cooking food are also available.

The full programme of walks, events and charges can be seen at