Bishops Castle Walking Festival 16th to 19th May 2024

The Bishops Castle Walking Festival, established in 1999, is one of the oldest walking festivals in the UK. Originating in the charming market town of Bishop’s Castle in North Shropshire, it was conceived as a way to encourage both locals and visitors to explore the beautiful countryside surrounding the town. Over the years, it has grown in popularity, attracting hiking enthusiasts from far and wide.

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This year marks the 24th year that the festival has been run and promises to offer an even broader range of guided walks than ever, designed to cater to all abilities and interests. From gentle strolls through the valleys to more rigorous treks up the Shropshire Hills, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the region under the guidance of experienced local walkers.

Running from Thursday 16th May to Sunday 19th May, a varied programme of walks has been planned. With around half a dozen walks to choose from each day, varying in length from 3 mile to 15 mile, this years festival is set to introduce several new routes highlighting less-known spots around Bishop’s Castle and the surrounding area. There are also a number of special interest walks focusing on identifying the local flora and fauna, wildlife spotting, or visiting sights of specific archaeological or historical significance.

Community involvement plays a crucial role in the Bishop’s Castle Walking Festival, with local businesses, Shropshire festival accommodation providers, and volunteers coming together to support the event. As well as the walks, a number of “festival fringe” events are planned including photography displays, film showings, town tours, “apres walk” in the locals pubs and a festival dinner and quiz. Participants are encouraged to support local enterprises by dining in the restaurants, shopping in the stores, and to stay in Shropshire using local accommodation in and around Bishop’s Castle.

A wide choice of accommodation is available locally from self-catering cottages in Shropshire to catered options in the town’s hotel and pubs for anyone wishing to stay near Shropshire’s walking routes.

The majority of the walks cost £5 per participant and full details of the festival can be found on its website at: