WALKING lovers in South Cumbria will be able to enjoy a variety of different walks at an event later this year.

Kendal Walking Festival takes place between over the late Spring Bank Holiday weekend between May 25 – 27 from Arnside in South Cumbria to Helvellyn and Ullswater further north.

From waterfalls, classic ‘horseshoe’ routes and sea views to a family outing, people will be hard pressed not to find something that gets their feet moving.

As well as attracting visitors to the town, it is hoped that many locals will take up the challenge and try a walk they have never done before.

Wellbeing Westmorland CIC, the team behind this year’s festival, says there is an open invitation to everyone to join in.

“The Kendal Walking Festival is an ideal opportunity to sample some great walks under the watchful eye of our experienced and knowledgeable walk leaders, who will guide you round the walk routes and share a wealth of interest about the area,” said Stuart Lockton, from Wellbeing Westmorland CIC.

“As Kendal was home to Britain’s most famous walks writer Alfred Wainwright, we are again featuring a number of walks which will give opportunities for people to bag a few of the 'Wainwrights'

“Some of the walks are on public transport routes, while others have transport available to reach the start point. There are also some walks that are very close to Kendal, so if you’ve never been to The Helm or Scout Scar, for example, now is your chance.”

Each walk is graded from easy to moderate to strenuous.

Peter Brendling, the manager of Kendal Business Improvement District, which is supporting the festival, said: “Kendal has both the Lakes and the Dales on its doorstep and is a great central base from which to start many great walks.

“With its impressive range of shops, cafes, restaurants and accommodation providers, Kendal can cater for people’s breakfast, packed lunch, dinner and overnight accommodation.

“And Kendal’s hostelries provide a great place for people to relax and discuss the day’s walk with their fellow walkers.”

To see the full programme of walks and to book tickets, click here.