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October hailed as great walking festival month

Posted 6 October 2010
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October hailed as great walking festival month
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Those who fancy getting out their walking poles and putting on fleeces to beat off the autumn temperatures may be keen to head to one of several walking festivals being held this month.

October's wide variety of such events has been noted by the British Mountaineering Council, which has listed six this month and one in November.

The next few weeks sees festivals in Ross, Haltwistle, Snowdonia, Bollington and Monmouthshire, plus the Wallaby Walking Festival, which will be held near Leek in Staffordshire.

November, meanwhile, offers walkers and beer lovers alike a treat in the Real Ale Ramble at Llanwrtyd Wells.

The different festivals will provide a variety of landscapes in which to walk, varying from pleasant lowland strolls to challenging mountain hikes, with Snowdonia providing the highest peaks in England and Wales.

Wales had been reckoned to have only four summits over 1,000 metres until the G & J Surveys study of Glyder Fawr last month, which revealed the height of 999 metres marked on Ordnance Survey maps was too low, with a real height of 1,000.8 metres (3,283 ft).

Posted by Dan Mirza