Main image: A Walk Fest event in 2019 on the Northern Slopes. Picture Lewis Campbell.
With walking increasing in popularity during lockdowns as more people have sought outdoor exercise for their health and wellbeing – Bristol Walk Fest is back in May.
Now in its ninth year, the month-long festival is returning with over 100 walks in the city for all ages and abilities – which people can do on their own or with others.
This year the programme has been adapted to make more information available online – with a new ‘one stop shop’ website featuring a variety of routes, local walking activity groups and organisations as well as competitions.
It also includes personal walking challenges that can be achieved from your doorstep and Bristol’s Greenground Map which links the city’s parks and open spaces.
A new resource for the festival is a free walking app to download – Go Jauntly – encouraging people to get out safely with friends and family and reconnect with the city.
The Festival has also partnered with Bristol City Council – which is launching 60 new curated walks on the app.
Based on your location, photo guides lead you around urban areas and surrounding wildlife – from green spaces and historical sites to community gardens.
Some of the new walks this year include A Black History Tour in Bristol – with a wander through the Montpelier and St Pauls neighbourhoods and the Bristol Wanderlust Walk – which takes in some of the best instagrammable spots in the city.
There’s also the Bristol Street Art Tour – with the chance to view pieces by Banksy and many other well-known city artists.
The website also includes some bookable guided tours and on 22 and 23 May the first ever Greater Bedminster Front Garden Walkabout is being staged – to view impressive local front gardens.
Bristol Walk Fest 2021 is co-ordinated by Active Ageing Bristol, a project of The Anchor Society and St Monica Trust – and hosted by Age UK Bristol.
Festival director Karen Lloyd says: “We already know people have been walking more due to lockdown and we’re excited that our new website provides a ‘one stop shop’ for all things walking related in Bristol.
“We showcase the huge range of walking opportunities there are in our city, hopefully inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds to try different routes or join a walking group now that restrictions are easing.”
Bristol Walk Fest runs from 1 – 31 May. Visit www.bristolwalkfest.com for more information or keep up to date via social media channels including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Download the Go Jauntly app for IOS here or for Android here.