GM Walking Festival 2020

Be part of the Greater Manchester Walking Festival 2020!

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Bollin Valley Way fingerpost and kissing gate, Vardon Bridge cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Peter Turner - – cropped from original

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The next Greater Manchester Walking Festival is planned for the 1- 31 May 2020.
Celebrating the joy of walking, the Festival will bring together neighbours, friends and communities to have fun and re-discover, or perhaps discover for the first time, the joy of the journey!

For the past five years the Walking Festival has encouraged people across our great city-region to get out and enjoy a walk, make new connections, discover new places and perhaps learn new things.

We heard from all quarters that you want another Festival. So we’re planning the next one 1-31 May 2020 and this year we want you to make the Festival more joyful and fun than ever before!

New title sponsor announced for 2020 GM Walking Festival

We are pleased to announce that Decathlon, the sports retailer, has signed up to support the Walking Festival.
Decathlon's main mission is to help more of the British population to get active through sport. They are passionate about helping people discover new sports and integrating them into part of a healthy lifestyle.

Could you or your organisation plan and host a walk for the festival (or two or three…) that will encourage people who don’t usually walk to get outdoors next May? See below on how to submit a walk. Submission deadline: 9th February 2020.

Submit a Walk

Use the form below to provide us with the details of your walk. Please submit this form by Sunday 9th February 2020.

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The Greater Manchester Festival is a programme of free led walks across the whole of Greater Manchester, with something for all ages and abilities. We are offering you the opportunity to plan and lead a walk for the people in your community.

  • We want to reach non walkers, the neighbours, colleagues and friends that think a Walking Festival is boring! It’s not all about muddy boots and long hikes. We want to tap into people’s interests – we call it walking by stealth – and provide a programme of fun walks that will remind people how joyful walking is.
  • How about organising a super hero fancy dress walk for children and families?
  • For the selfie takers, how about an alternative selfie tour of local landmarks?
  • A litter-picking walk for the community-minded?
  • Could you team up with a local dogs home and organise a dog walk connecting dogs with people who might not be able to have their own dog?
  • Could a treasure hunt or nature trail showcase the local points of interest or scenic spots?

What matters is that everyone has fun as they move and walk – realising the many health and wellbeing benefits of being more physically active.

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