Haltwhistle Walking Festival

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The Smith

(Haltwhistle and District)

Charitable Trust

Haltwhistle Walking Festival


We hope that 2016 will be a great year for walking and we look forward to seeing all of you at our Spring and Autumn festivals.

Please look at the walks on the Walks 2016 page and see which ones take your fancy.

Some walks are very popular and  the 4 day walk, “Allendale and Beyond” is almost, but not yet, sold out. We will keep a waiting list, so let us know if you would like to join those walks. There are often reasons why people have to drop out nearer to the festival.

Other long walks include: The Jolly Drovers, Hallbankgate to Haltwhistle, and The Search for the Black Cat. 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 a Photography Walk for relative beginners, “Looking and Seeing” with Richard Holmes, Woodland Birds (always a sell out so book early), the Featherstone Prisoner of War camp and the Singing Walk.

By popular request, there are 2 farmhouse tea walks, a longer and a shorter one. The longer one is fully booked (Feb 10th) with a waiting list.

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, are retiring 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

Spring Festival

April 23rd - May 2nd   

Autumn Festival

October 1st - 9th

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