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Guided Walk, Wainstones, North York Moors Credit Ebor ImagesNYMNPAGuided Walk, Wainstones, North York Moors Credit Ebor ImagesNYMNPA

Walking festivals

Why not sign up to a walk at one of these annual walking festivals, wonderfully intimate affairs showcasing the best of the North York Moors. They're a great way to experience the spectacular scenery and meet like-minded souls.

  • Rosedale Walking Festival (20-21 June 2020)
    Explore this beautiful part of the North York Moors with local guides sharing their passion. Usually includes a range of themed walks over the weekend. Discover hidden Andy Goldsworthy sculptures, explore the dale's wildlife, and a chance to explore Rosedale's industrial past from the old ironstone railway to illicit glassmaking.
  • WalkFest (23-25 May 2020) CANCELLED (WalkFest will return in 2021)
    Join us over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend for the return of our exciting walking festival! Come and join us and enjoy a great programme of guided themed walks in some very special places.

Loftus Parish is also a member of the  'Walkers are Welcome' committed to making visits from walkers as enjoyable as possible.

A little further afield, the Yorkshire Wolds Walking & Outdoors Festival is held over nine days every September, offering a mix of walking, cycling and riding tasters.

The Ramblers annual Festival of Winter Walks, held over the Christmas and New Year period, usually includes some walks in the North York Moors area. Check out their events calendar for the most up-to-date information.

Challenge events and charity walks

Pull on your walking boots (or running shoes) and take on a challenge with one of the many annual fundraising events organised by the local Long Distance Walkers Association groups, the two Mountain Rescue teams for the North York Moors area, local Boys' Brigade and Scouts groups, and other charities. Check their websites for specific dates.

Find specific running and fell running events here.