Step out and put best foot forward this May

Published Monday 16 May 2022

It’s time to ditch the car and dig out your walking boots! 

May is National Walking Month and, come rain or shine, there are miles of walking routes just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed across the Harborough District.

Plus, there’s help to get you motivated and put the spring back into your step.

Walking festival poster

Harborough District Council is supporting a new walking festival, from 26-29 May 2022, encouraging people to get out and about, and delve into local history at the same time. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker, power walker or prefer a gentle amble, there’s something for everyone. 

The Harborough District Walking Festival, features seven guided walks, through beautiful countryside, over four days. Walks are just £7 each or, for anyone who wants to do them all, a festival discount pass is available. Children under 13 years old can take part for free.

As well as the walking festival, a heritage walking trail series is also available for anyone who wants to stroll at their own pace and time. Walkers can download a map online, or pick up the leaflets in Market Harborough Indoor Market, Market Harborough Library and other local information points.  

Try any, or all, of 11 heritage walking trails:

  • Billesdon
  • Foxton
  • Gilmorton
  • Great Bowden
  • Great Easton
  • Hallaton
  • Husbands Bosworth
  • Market Harborough
  • Medbourne
  • North Kilworth
  • Tilton on the Hill

Cllr Phil King, Leader of Harborough District Council said: “We are pleased to work together with partners at Harborough Walks, and heritage contacts in villages, across the district to share their local knowledge. Research shows that a fifth of us never walk for leisure or exercise; the benefits to our health of being outdoors and walking is well known. The district has beautiful countryside and so much hidden heritage that will be revealed during the walks.”

Find details about the Harborough District Walking Festival, guided heritage walks and how to book, by visiting the website with updates on social media.