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The 2018 Nailsworth Walking Festival Program

Full printed programmes are at Tourist Information and around town.

Walks marked with * must be booked in advance by going to www.bookwhen.com/nhp


Longer Walk for Health

Wed 6 Jun 10:00 am

Every month a group of walkers meets to walk an unhurried circular route of about 5 miles. Free. Start: Nailsworth Library, GL6 0DU.



Contemplative Walk

Thu 7 Jun 2:30 pm

A mainly silent walk to commemorate the end of WW1, thinking about those who opposed war and promoted peace. Free. Start: Nailsworth Library, GL6 0DU.



Herbalist Walk*

Thu 7 Jun 7:00 pm

Nathaniel Hughes, herbalist and author of ‘Weeds in the Heart’, will be hosting an evening with the plants of the Horsley valley. £8. Start: Ruskin Mill (Apothecary). GL6 0LA



Birdwatching Walk

Fri 8 Jun 8:00 am

Martin Wright, an experienced birdwatcher, will lead us on a pre-breakfast walk. He’ll help us identify both resident and summer visitors. £3. Start: Nailsworth Library, GL6 0DU.




Sat 9 Jun 10:00 am

Geocaching is an international treasure hunt game using GPS to find geocaches. This walk is a good introduction for those who have never done geocaching before. Free. Start: Avening Church, GL8 8ND



History Walk

Sat 9 Jun 2:30 pm

Local historian Ian Mackintosh will lead us on a walk through the Shortwood and Horsley valleys, looking at the impact of industrial, religious and agricultural change on the landscape and settlements. £5. Start: Nailsworth Library, GL6 0DU.



Bat Walk*

Sat 9 Jun 9:00 pm

Learn how to use ultrasonic bat detectors and our ears to identify different bat species feeding on insects in and around Horsley woods. Start: Horsley Village Shop (under veranda), Priory Fields, Horsley,GL6 0PT.




Sun 10 Jun 10:00 am

Spend the morning walking and gathering images, textures and words, do some printing and in the afternoon, make a book from what we have gathered. £30. Start: Ruskin Mill College, The Fisheries, Horsley Mill, GL6 0PL.



Uley Bury & the Ancient Owl Woods*

Mon 11 Jun 10:00 am

Kate Thompson of Cotswold Guided Walks leads us on a fascinating journey visiting an Iron Age fort, a Neolithic long barrow and Owlpen church. £5. Start: The Old Crown, Uley, GL11 5SN.



Poetry Walk

Mon 11 Jun 7:00 pm

Local poet Kevan Manwaring will lead a walk with poetry in the landscape around Nailsworth. The readings will be drawn from a mixture of classic, modern and contemporary local poets. £5. Start: Nailsworth Library, GL6 0DU.




Tue 12 Jun 2:00 pm

Walking for Health is an organised walk to encourage people to embrace the outdoors for a variety of reasons. Free. Start: Nailsworth Library, GL6 0DU.



A Walking Book Club

Tue 12 Jun 7:00 pm

Try a book club with a difference! Read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho then talk about it with fellow walkers. 10% off at Yellow Lighted Bookshop. Free. Start: Britannia Inn, Cossack Square, Nailsworth GL6 0DG.



Dementia Friendly Walk*

Wed 13 Jun 10:30 am

A gentle walk along the beautiful Ruskin Mill valley to the Ruskin Mill Café for coffee and cakes. This walk is for those affected by dementia and led by trained leaders. Free. Start: Ruskin Mill College, The Fisheries, Horsley Mill, GL6 0PL.



Deep Time Dive

Wed 13 Jun 7:00 pm

Experience the Earth’s 4.6-billion-year life story in 46 minutes. A sensory exploration of deep time which combines science, imagination and visualisation. £5. Start: Soul Simple Retreat Centre, South Woodchester, GL5 5HW.



Nailsworth to the Sea*

Thu 14 Jun 09:00 am

A day’s walk for those who fancy a good hike to the sea (well the Severn, it’s tidal!) £5. Start: Nailsworth Library, GL6 0DU.



OS Map Fan Club

Thu 14 Jun 7:30 pm

Comedian Helen Wood shares her enthusiasm for the Ordnance Survey and their much loved, fold-out, paper maps. This fascinating, laughter-filled show celebrates the simple beauty of Britain’s inspiring national treasure. £8-10. Horsley Village Hall GL6 0PT.



Robin Hood Walk*

Sat 16 Jun 2:00 pm

Come and help build shelters and fashion bows and arrows to defend ourselves against the rotten Sherriff of Ruskin woods. Together we’ll make an outlaws’ campfire. A walk for children 6-10 years. £5. Start: Washpool, Horsley, GL6 0PP.



Nailsworth Remembers Walk

Sun 17 Jun 10:30 am

Mike Harvey leads a walk linking up cottages around Nailsworth, where commemorative blue plaques have been installed. These mark where soldiers lived before enlisting in WW1, never to return. £4. Start: Nailsworth Library, GL6 0DU.



Ice Cream Walk

Sun 17 Jun 2:00 pm

Hike to the heights of Minchinhampton Common, ramble round to Rodborough, and reward yourself with an indulgent ice cream at Winstone’s. Free. Start: Nailsworth Library , GL6 0DU.



Story Walk

Sun 17 Jun 3:00 pm

On this canalside walk, storyteller Fiona Eadie will be telling two stories from her forthcoming book Tales from the Towpath. £5. Start: The Daneway pub, Sapperton, Cirencester, GL7 6LN.



Watch video

The video gives a flavour of the 2013/16 walking festivals

See gallery for pictures from some of the many walks.