Walking Festivals and Challenges 2019

Shropshire is a great area for walking in and for those of you who enjoy organised events I have put together a list of some of our local walking festivals. I will give a quick summary and let you research further.

A photograph of the Kemp Valley, near Bishop's Castle, South Shropshire

Kemp Valley, near Bishop’s Castle, South Shropshire

Bishops Castle Ramble, Scramble, Amble, May 11th 2019. Three walks from Bishops Castle or to bishop castle for the amble. Raising money for Bloodwise.

Bishops Castle Walking Festival 15th May until 19th May 2019 . This is the 21st Walking Festival in Bishops Castle.

The 17th Clun Valley Challenge is on 18th May 2019. There is a 26 mile or 16mile walk with a 4300 ft ascent. Entry is £22.

Church Stretton Walking Festival is from the 20th June until June 23rd 2019. Lots if different walks including a Stars in Your Skies Walk, a Photography Walk and a Nordic Walking event. The Mynd Drover is the long walk.

Bishops Castle Challenge Walk is in Saturday 3rd August 2019. This is a 24 mile walk with a 4000 ft ascent. There are 13 mile and 11mile options available. £20 entry fee which includes refreshments and certificate.

The Tusker Colour Run at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms is on the 17th August 2019. Book via the Centres Website www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk. There is a 3.5km route which you can jog, run or walk along which are paint stations from where the participants get covered  in paint. Entrances fees are from £15 per adult.

Cardio Carlos 5km Fun Run is on Bank Holiday Monday 26th August 2019.  The race starts at 9.30am from the Aston on Clun Village Hall where there is also parking and is organised by the Kangeroo Inn. Entry fee is £15 pre 15th August, £20 after. All proceeds will go to CRY (Cardio Risk in the Young). Visit their Facebook page (Cardio Carlos 5k).

Tour des Marches formally the Wistanstow Challenge is on 14th September 2019. It is 26miles long with a mass start at 8.30am. Fee from £10 which include a light breakfast from 7.15, hit food at the finish and Beer.

Much Wenlock Walking Weekend is on August 30th until September 2nd 2019. There are walks for different abilities. Keep checking their Web site.

I hope there is something to inspire you. I like the look of a couple of the Church Stretton walks, so I may see you out there.

The image used in this blog post is with kind permission of Bishop’s Castle Walking Festival.

Things to Do

I am putting together a series of blogs of Things to Do…, while staying here at Folly View Let in South Shropshire.

I am starting by doing the local towns and I will be including things you have to pay to do and things that are free.

There will not be lots of information about them, just snippets. Some of these, Things to Do, I have already done longer, more detailed blogs about and I may do the same in the future for some of the other Things to Do mentioned.

So look out for your favourite place to visit and I hope you find something interesting to do.

Here are the posts so far:

These lists are not comprehensive. I am sure you will find other Things to Do I haven’t mentioned.

Some Christmas 2016 Events in Shropshire

Cruelty Free Christmas Fair

Cruelty Free Christmas Fair

There are many Christmas events held throughout Shropshire – and here are just a few that might be of interest to you.

Much Wenlock Christmas Fayre

The annual Much Wenlock Christmas Fayre takes place this year on Saturday 3rd December from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm in the Church Green and High Street.

The Fayre features over 100 stalls along with Brass Bands, Choirs, Street Theatre & Entertainers, Santa Claus, Donkey Rides, Children’s Entertainment and Carols by Candlelight.

Carillon – Seasonal Songs

Saturday 3rd December also offers Carillon – Seasonal Songs with a Choir of Ladies’ Voices organised by St Michaels and All Angels Church, Onibury.

This event starts at 7:30 pm in the Great Hall at Stokesay Court, Onibury, Craven Arms, SY7 9BD and costs £12 including a glass of wine or soft drink on arrival and canapés and mince pies in the interval.

You can find more information here.

Shrewsbury Winter Festival

The annual Shrewsbury Winter Festival takes place on Saturday 10th December and Sunday 11th December 2016 at Quarry Park, Shrewsbury.

The festival offers festive fun and games, live music and carol singing and over 150 local artisan food, drink and craft exhibitors will inspire you with unique gift ideas.

Admission is £6 for adults and £1 for children.

Cruelty Free Christmas Fair

Shropshire Veggies and Vegans are holding their fourth annual Cruelty Free Christmas Fair on the 10th December from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

A range of stalls offer Christmas gifts, food and book along with charity stalls and a cafe area. The event is held at the Wightman in Shrewsbury – 4 The Square, Shrewsbury, SY1 1LA.

Early attendees will receive a goody bag full of samples, recipes and money off vouchers and a magazine. In previous years the bags have contained a great selection of samples including chocolate, pasta, tea, seeds, snacks and plant milk.

You can find more information here.