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The NHP 5th Nailsworth Walking Festival

We've finalised the programme for events between May 28 and June 5

The leaflets are out, the booking is open so now is the time to check out which walks you want to do during the 5th Nailsworth Walking Festival run by the Nailsworth Health Partnership. Look out for Leaflets at the Tourist Information Centre and around town. NHP is very grateful for the grant from Renishaw plc.

See the gallery for pictures from many of the walks.

1 Pinhole camera workshop Sat May 28 @10:00 am

Experience the wonder and simplicity of pinhole camera photography by making your own from recycled materials. In the afternoon the group will walk in the Ruskin valley, take a photograph and return to develop it. £25. Ruskin Mill.

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2 In the steps of E P Conway Sun May 29 @2:00 pm

Using photographs taken in the early 20th Century, we will follow in the footsteps of this talented photographer and see what has changed over the decades. Bring your camera and/or your pinhole camera. £3 Start: Nailsworth Library.

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3 Geocaching Mon May 30 @2:00 pm

Geocaching is a world-wide treasure hunt game where you use a GPS to find ‘Treasure boxes’ and leave a surprise for the next person to find! Free. Arkell Centre, Forest Green, GL6 0BG.

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4 Herbalist walk Mon May 30 @7:00 pm

A rich and varied walk along the Horsley valley exploring the medicinal and spiritual qualities of our local herbs, led by herbalist Nathan Hughes. £4. Ruskin Mill (Apothecary).

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5 Walk4health Tue May 31 @2:00 pm

Come and enjoy a walk in the beautiful country-side around Nailsworth. This is organised on a weekly basis and new walkers are always welcome. Free. Nailsworth Library.

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6 Reflections on long distance walking Tue May 31 @7.30

An evening to celebrate the experience of long distance walking. Join us if you are interested in long distance walking yourself and want tips and ideas to help you get started. £4. Quaker Meeting House.

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7 Longer walk for health Wed Jun 1 @10:00 am

Once a month a group of walkers meet at Nailsworth library to walk a circular route of about 5 miles. All welcome! Free. Nailsworth Library.

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8 Walking with a Super Tramp Wed Jun 1 @6:30 pm

A town walk celebrating Nailsworth’s famous poet W H Davies (1871-1940). “What is this life, if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare”. Free. Nailsworth Library.

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9 Robin Hood walk Thu Jun 2 @10:00 am

Follow in the footsteps of the outlaws, on an epic adventure through the woods. Come and help build shelters and fashion bows and arrows to defend ourselves against the rotten Sherrif of Ruskin woods. Suitable for children 5-10. £3, family £5. Washpool, Horsley.

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10 Bat walk Thu Jun 2 @7:30 pm

Using ultrasonic bat detectors and our ears, we’ll identify different bat species feeding on insects in and around Horsley Woods. £4. Horsley Church.


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11 Star gazing walk Thu Jun 2 @10:00 pm

If the sky is clear, Howard will walk you through the constellations on view, the Milky Way and a few of the brightest stars on show, giving you an idea of the vast scale of everything. If it's cloudy then we'll retire to the pub and talk about space, stars etc . Free. The Hog, Horsley.


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12 Bird watching walk Fri Jun 3 @7:00 am

Martin Wright, an experienced bird watcher will lead this before-breakfast walk in local woodlands and beside water. £3. Nailsworth Library.


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13 Walking Book Club Fri Jun 3 @7:00 pm

Try a book club with a difference. Read The Outrun by Amy Liptrot, then walk and talk about it with fellow walkers. The Outrun is a beautiful, inspiring read about living on the edge, the pull between island and city life, and the ability of nature to restore life and renew hope. (The Yellow Lighted Bookshop 10% discount) Free. Nailsworth Library. 

There are 6 copies available from Nailsworth Library in the name of Stuart Radford (Wednesday book club)

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14 Wild in the Country Sat Jun 4 @10:00 am

A walk in a wood where the invitation is to wake up the senses, relax, unwind and come home to the serious joy of playing in nature. £4. Washpool, Horsley.

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15 Walking the Horsley Brook Sat Jun 4 @10:30

This year’s Industry walk is led by Ian Mackintosh from the Stroudwater Textile Trust who will identify historic routes and mills. Mills have worked the river for over 500 years and during the Industrial Revolution. £3. Nailsworth Library.

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16 Pamper walk Sat Jun 4 @2:00 pm

Pamper yourself. Start with a hot soothing foot bath and foot massage then a peaceful walk with a relaxing taster of bodywork to complete the afternoon. £15 Washpool, Horsley.

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17 Footprint Sun Jun 5 @10:00 am

Turn a walk into a book! A walking, printing and book-making day. Along the way explore simple printing techniques in the open air. The afternoon will be spent making a simple book creatively using the prints from the walk. £25. Horsley Mill.

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18 Ice cream walk Sun Jun 5 @2:00 pm

Come and hike to the heights of Minchinhampton Common, ramble round to Rodborough, and reward yourself with an indulgent ice cream at Winstone’s. Free. Nailsworth Library.

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For more details and booking:

Booking: www.bookwhen.com/nhp

Contact : Jo Hofman 01453 834774 or Marilyn Miles on 01453 832974 mbm@ankerbold.co.uk

Click here to view the outer cover of the 2014 festival leaflet and here for the inner side of the 2014 leaflet

Watch video

The video gives a flavour of the 2013 walking festival.

See gallery for pictures from some of the many walks.