A POPULAR outdoor festival is set to return to the New Forest this autumn, with a packed programme of events including historical trails, mushroom spotting and birdwatching.
The New Forest Walking and Cycling Festival, now in its 10th year, is run by the national park authority and aims to connect people with nature, new experiences and lessons about the landscape and culture of the area.
Spread across three weeks from tomorrow (Saturday), it features guided walks for people of all ages, including “spook-tacular” Halloween fun. The festival starts 15th October A programme of events will cover everything from wildlife wanders, fungi spotting, birdwatching and historical trails.
Events will be led by a team of people sharing their knowledge from organisations including NPA staff and rangers, Forestry England, Wild New Forest, the New Forest Association, the New Forest Ramblers and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.
Among the new events for 2022 is a photography tour, led by one of the NPA’s artists in residence, Marie Smith, in partnership with Sway-based art gallery Spudworks, which ties in with her exhibition We Belong Here.
The festival also provides the opportunity to explore on two wheels, with a number of guided rides to encourage responsible cycling.
They all follow designated cycle trails across the national park and are led by qualified guides catering for all abilities. The New Forest walking and cycling festival takes place from October (59659914) Inclusive cycling charity Pedall will be encouraging people to try its range of specialist cycles, developed for people […]