This September sees the return of Guildford Walkfest, the annual celebration of walking in and
around our beautiful borough.
With more than 50 organised walks across the Borough, this year’s festival has been branded
‘Walking for Wellbeing’, with the accent firmly on the positive benefits of walking for mental and
The month-long series runs throughout September with walks led by experienced members of local
clubs and associations including Guildford Rambling Club, the Town Guides, Guildford Ramblers and
Walking for Health.
All ages and abilities have been considered and many of the walks are both family and dog friendly,
but it is always best to check before starting and details of every walk are available on the Walkfest
The programme of walks and much of the organisation has once again this year been the work of
stalwarts of the walking community, all bringing their experience and knowledge of the local area, its
history and of course beautiful sights and sounds.
Among those contributing to the various blogs and articles to be found on the Walkfest website are
Amanda Thoden van Velzen, the highly respected owner of Calmer Thoughts, a business dedicated
to helping people to reduce stress and enjoy life.
Once again this year, James Avery, Managing Director of Bevan Wilson Physiotherapy will be lending
his expertise and know-how to proceedings with handy tips and advice about all things physical.
James treats many elite athletes and is a familiar face to hundreds of clients at Bevan Wilson clinics
across Guildford and the Villages.
Other supporters include Experience Guildford and the Guildford Dragon News, with a number of
shops including Moffat, Fitstuff and Rohan offering discount to walkers throughout September.
Walkest Director, Christine Howard is looking forward to welcoming everyone to this year’s event
‘Walking is such fabulous exercise for people of all ages and abilities, to be able to get outside and
enjoy the wonderful area that we are lucky to live in is a real privilege and I can’t wait to see old
friends and hopefully, meet some new one’s’
Walk Details can be found at the Walkfest website, booking is essential as numbers on walks are
limited and will fill up quickly.