The Heart of Kent Walking Festival takes place from 30 September until 2 October 2022 and is still set to go ahead despite the national rail strikes scheduled on 1 October, although some walks have been postponed.
The first event of its kind in the borough of Maidstone the festival includes events led by experienced walk leaders and will take place in various locations; they will vary in distance, ability, theme and price, offering something for everyone, from beginners to avid walkers.
The Heart of Kent Walking Festival has been organised by Visit Maidstone – the Tourism team at Maidstone Borough Council (MBC), and a collaboration of partners from organisations around the borough to bring together a great selection of walks.
Cllr Claudine Russell Lead Member for Leisure and Arts at Maidstone Borough Council said:
The festival walks are suitable for different abilities, with distances ranging from 2.5 to 18 miles and walk grades varying from leisurely to strenuous. Some walks will explore the beautiful countryside of the North Downs Way or the Camellia Orchards at Linton. Themes include agriculture, history, wellbeing and nature, with experienced and knowledgeable walk leaders guiding each walk.
One of the MBC priorities is A Thriving Place, and the Heart of Kent Walking Festival reflects that in the variety of routes set out.
This wonderful event will also give walkers the opportunity to visit a wide variety of pubs, hotels and hospitality venues on the various routes. Make sure you book your place Come along and take part in the opening year of the festival.
A selection of the walks available during the festival are free of charge, with the rest incurring a fee to take part., Many of the festival walks are also dog friendly.
The walks are filling up fast so booking is essential to avoid disappointment.
For more information and to book a place to the website: https://www.visitmaidstone.com/walking-festival/walks