Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Bedfordshire Walking Festival - How Much??

The Bedfordshire Walking Festival held from the 07/09 to the 16/09 looks like a great walkfest with over 50 different walks to choose from.

There is a walk for almost every ability level. Short 1-2 mile Health Walks. 3-4 mile Ambles and Interest walks. Rambler led walks for more serious walkers ranging from 5-12 miles and for people who like a challenge a 15 mile day walk and a strenuous 40 mile walk over 2 days. 

We have designed an itinerary for a long weekend staying in The Old Piggery in the beautiful Greensand Ridge area.

The itinerary:-

Day1 Friday 13/09 

10:00 am Biggleswade Market Place Bus Stand. OS Grid Ref TL 073 493. Post Code SJ18 8AS.
A 9 mile (14.5km) informative pleasant riverside walk following the Kingfisher Way from where it joins the River Great Ouse at Tempsford upstream via Blunham and Sandy to Biggleswade. Free bus to start of walk. Bring lunch. Led by Central Bedfordshire Countryside Team member Drew Gwillam 0300 300 6544. Car Parking free near to town centre. Toilets and refreshments at Biggleswade.
Public transport. Biggleswade is serviced by First Capital Connect rail services and Stagecoach, Grant Palmer and Centrebus, bus services.
Check into to The old Piggery
19:30 pm Priory Country Park Visitor Centre off Barkers Lane Bedford. OS GR TL073 493. Post Code MK41 9DJ.
Family event approximately 2 hours discovering the fascinating world of Bats. Children under 16 must be accompanied by adults. Limited to 20 people - booking essential. Organised by Priory Country Park Rangers 01234 211182.

Day 2 Saturday 14/09
Hearty Breakfast
8:00 am Ampthill Park Car Park. OS Grid Ref: TL 024 382.
RU4The Greensand Ridge Challenge Day One 18 miles (29 Km). Transport to start of Walk. Bring Lunch. Free parking in Ampthill park. Bring Lunch and Drinks. Suitable stops planned during day. Administration and organisational charge £10 includes transport to start on each day. Certificates awarded for completing the 40 mile Greensand Ridge Path Challenge over the weekend. Led by Ramblers Nick Markham & Roy Carter. Registration 01234 353704 or email organiser@bedswalkfest.co.uk.

Day 3 Sunday 15/09
Hearty Breakfast
The Greensand Ridge RU4 the Challenge Day Two 22 miles (35km). Transport to start of Walk. Bring Lunch. Free parking in Ampthill park. Bring Lunch and Drinks. Suitable stops planned during day. Administration and organisational charge £10 includes transport to start on each day. Certificates awarded for completing the 40 mile Greensand Ridge Path Challenge over the weekend. Led by Ramblers Nick Markham & Roy Carter. Registration 01234 353704 or email organiser@bedswalkfest.co.uk.

Day 4 Monday 16/09
Check out of the Old Piggery

How Much?

For Two People
Accommodation = £320
Walks = £20
Total = £340

For One Person
Accommodation = £190
Walks = £10

Conclusion:-

For a walking holiday this looks great - an informative walk, a short walk then a good challenging walk over two days but there are lots of walks to choose from each day so you can walk as long or as little as you like. There looks to have been a lot a work put into the festival so it caters for all walkers. Some great family walks too.

For £170 for 4 nights bed and breakfast and 4 guided walks this looks like a great walking holiday and one you should consider joining.

Next How Much Walking Festival - Oswestry Walking Festival - one of our favourite places to walk.

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