It’s not long now until the Crickhowell Walking Festival kicks off on Wales’ national day March the 1st.  So we’ve asked the man who knows nearly every possible hiking route, mountain and landscape in the Brecon Beacons to give us some tips on how to make the most out of a walking festival.

Kevin Walker has sent us some tips on how to enjoy walking festivals!  Kevin from Mountain Activities will be leading some walks during the festival.

Crickhowell Walking Festival in 2012 ©

Crickhowell Walking Festival in 2012 ©

1. GET FIT BEFORE YOU ARRIVE!  You do not have to be superfit, but if you really want to enjoy the festival, try to turn up in reasonable shape.

2. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE CORRECT KIT Whilst you do not have to be clad in the latest, most expensive gear, it makes sense to be appropriately clothed and shod.  If in doubt, have a word with the organisers BEFORE you arrive at the start of the walk!  After all, you’ll get hungry if you arrive without a packed lunch on an all day walk!

Stunning sights in 2012 ©

Stunning sights in 2012 ©

3. SUCK IT AND SEE:  One of the best things about a walking festival is the variety of walks on offer, so take the opportunity to try something new.  Themed walks – local history, photography, bird watching, etc – give you a chance to learn something different from passionate experts, so read through the programme and choose appropriately.  Be inquisitive!

4. DON’T JUST WALK:  Many festivals have an excellent programme of events other than walks – workshops, talks, demonstrations, competitions, etc.  Make the most of these “ancillary” events – they are often excellent and offer fantastic value for money.


5. SOCIALISE!  Most walkers are friendly folk, so make sure you make the most of any social events offered – and make social events of your own.  Some walks may finish near (or in) pubs, so relax and have a drink with your companions.  Who knows, you could make some new friends for life.

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