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NKWF 2021 

17th July - 1st August

This year we were 'back on the right path' with a range of walks brought over from last year and a few new ideas thrown in with more child-friendly walks.

Thank you to everyone who joined us this year. To view this years photos and posts, follow the links to our social media pages below:

Facebook: @nkwalkingfestival

Twitter: @NKWalking 


Feel free to visit our Stepping Out walks page to view and download various walking routes throughout the North Kesteven District, by clicking the logo below.



The North Kesteven Walking Festival is a celebration of the countless walking opportunities available within the district. Hundreds of walkers tied their laces and joined in last year for almost 200 miles of walking. From short saunters to long hikes; all ages, abilities and fitness levels enjoyed the social walking experience only a festival can provide. The launch event at Hill Holt Wood saw visitors enjoying a day under the leafy canopy as the sun shone brightly. Heavy rains barged aside the sun and threatened to dampen spirits in the final week however, but the tough festival walkers took the rain in their stride and finished the fortnight with a final rendezvous at The Natural World Centre at Whisby Nature Park for a treasure hunt.

The festival thrives on the enthusiasm and knowledge of volunteer walk leaders. This year Hill Holt Wood are looking to add to their walk leader roster so if you’ve got a walk that you’d like to share in the district, or are already a walk leader and want to get involved to boost your walk numbers please get in. Every walk will be supported by a first-aid trained Ranger to ensure the walk goes smoothly, so you can concentrate on helping the walkers enjoy themselves.

The festival demonstrates North Kesteven District Council’s commitment to physical activity and is part of the Countryside NK partnership with Hill Holt Wood (a charity and social enterprise) who maintain over 130 miles of Stepping Out Walks in the area and have been running the festival since 2018. They are committed to sustainability and making this year the greenest so far. There will be a walks brochure created for the event detailing the walks (which run everyday for two weeks) and space for advertising to help cover the cost of publishing. As they are confirmed, all walks will have events created on social media and be announced here at the official page.

Walks will be scattered across North Kesteven’s 356 square miles of picturesque villages, medieval churches and thriving landscapes. With 94% of the district classified as green space you will explore rural towns full of history, arable land rich in wildlife and see why the area is favoured by many for exploration and outdoor adventures. A great place to walk together.

To enquire about volunteering, walk leading, advertising or about Hill Holt Wood and the festival please call 01636 892836 or email gavin.warhurst@hillholtwood.co.uk

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