Haltwhistle Walking Festival

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The Smith

(Haltwhistle and District)

Charitable Trust

Haltwhistle Walking Festival


We are looking forward to seeing lots of old friends and meeting the new walkers who have booked for walks this time.

It is not too late to make your bookings or to add in extra walks. There are places available throughout the festival, with a few walks fully booked.

We will keep a waiting list if a walk is full, so let us know if you would like to join those walks. Tell Maureen on 01434 322025. There are often reasons why people have to drop out nearer to the festival and places become available.

Long walks include: The Jolly Drovers and The Sunny Side of the South Tyne. There is a long walk every day.

The shorter walks are very varied, from Hidden Hexhamshire, to the Beauty of the Irthing Valley and a Simonburn Circular via Goatstones.  There is a shorter walk on every day.

The special interest walks include “Looking and Seeing” with Richard Holmes, Woodland Birds, War, Peace and Reconciliation, a Photography Walk for relative beginners and the Singing Walk. There are places on Looking and Seeing and on the War, Peace and Reconciliation walk.

By popular request, there are 2 farmhouse tea walks, a longer and a shorter one.

You are sure to find a walk that suits you from the 25 on offer.

Please don’t forget our Social Evening for walkers and the walk teams. It is on the Friday evening of the Festival and is unmissable!

Walking poles are used by many walkers and are a great aid. They are also potentially dangerous to others. Our resident poet, Steve Middleton, has written a little ditty to help us all remember how to use our poles responsibly.

Click here to read it.


The main organising committee is going through a period of change. We thought you would like to know about this, although we think the handover will be seamless! Tony and Marie Miller, stalwarts of the festival for the last few years, have retired from the board and the management committee. They plan to spend more time on holiday in far away climes, but they will be back to lead and back up walks in the festivals. We will miss their contributions to the committee, their tireless work for the festivals and their hospitality in hosting all our meetings to date.

The committee has welcomed the following new members: Geoff Chrisp, Ann Potter and Audrey Urwin. All three are regular team members on walks so you will know their faces.  At the same time, John Johnson, has joined the board and will become Company Secretary.

The Board: Brian Hart (Chairman), Marj Baillie, Maureen Hart, John Johnson

The Committee: Marj Baillie, Geoff Chrisp, Brian Hart, Maureen Hart, John Johnson, Ann Potter, Audrey Urwin.

Important Dates for 2016

Autumn Festival

October 1st - 9th

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News flash

Day One

Walkers arrive at the Quaker Chapel, Coanwood