In addition to the self-guided walks, this increase in the guided walks has meant organisers have had to expand their printed programme to an 80-page booklet which will be widely available across the region and free to pick up.
The 17-day festival will feature walks around the beautiful Fal River, from the Roseland peninsula in the east, to Helford in the west and as far inland as Truro. They will cover diverse areas of interest including wild food foraging led by Rachel Lambert, Conservation walks led by Helford Marine Conservation Group and local history from experts including the Carrick Ramblers, the National Trust and Natural England.
The festival also caters for those interested in the health element of walking, as there will be a number of Nordic walking workshops and fitness walks led by Walk Kernow and Kate Jackson.
Keen to share local knowledge and passion, the festival does not charge people to put their walks into the programme, which makes it appealing to individuals as well as commercial walking companies. Local charities have also seen the advantage of running a walk to raise funds, with the likes of BF Adventure hosting one around their activity centre near Halvasso and the surrounding countryside.
Festival Director, Toby Budd is delighted by the number of walk leaders contributing to the festival:
“It is great to see people coming together to share their passion for walking in Cornwall. We have almost doubled the number of guided walks taking place with up to four walks to choose from on each day of the festival. This is in addition to the many self-guided walks that are available during the 17 days of the festival as well as the rest of the year - downloadable from the website at any time.
Toby continued, “The walk programme is such a visible way to show that the festival is significantly growing in strength and it’s really encouraging to see that expansion in the space of a year. There is a great deal on offer this year and I hope everyone gets out there to take advantage of all the knowledge, expertise and fun that will be brought to the event.”
The festival takes place from the Roseland to Helford, between Friday 19th October and Sunday 4th November. To find out about walks near you, book a place, or download a self-guided walk, visit www.falriver.co.uk/
Contact: Rachael Stephens at Eventy – Marketing & PR on 01326 376273 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Paul Simmons from walkitcornwall leading a guided walk around Nare Head during last year’s festival.
Further info: Fal River Autumn Festival launched in 2011 as an annual event to encourage visitors and enjoyment of the county. It is run by Fal River as a non-profit event to help boost the local economy. Further info is available at www.falriver.co.uk/