Warwickshire is holding its first ever Walking Festival this year.
The week-long event offers more than 50 guided walks for people of all ages and abilities and provides a wonderful opportunity for residents and visitors to get out and enjoy the Warwickshire countryside.
The county-wide festival runs from June 1-8, and is timed to begin on the Wednesday of the school half-term week. The walks are being led by a team of enthusiastic volunteers and the vast majority of the walks are completely free.
The walks range from town-centre walks around Stratford and Leamington to a woodland restoration walk at Baddesley Clinton and a walk with guide dogs from Guide Dogs for the Blind at Stratford. Some of the walks have been designed to appeal especially to families, and children who complete the route part will be rewarded with certificates and prizes.
Routes are graded according to length and difficulty, so that would-be walkers can choose the most appropriate walk to join.
The walks vary from a gentle one-mile stroll to the more challenging 12-mile hike, and on some routes there is the chance to choose a longer or shorter option. Some of the walks have been designated "health walks" as part of an initiative to encourage people to take more exercise.
Craig Williams says: "We are very excited to be putting on our first Warwickshire Walking Festival and we hope as many people as possible will take the chance to enjoy the Warwickshire countryside.
"Coming hot on the heels of the Stratford Cricket Festival - also supported by the County Council - the Walking Festival provides yet another good reason to get out and about in the county.
"Above all, we hope the Festival will be an enjoyable week for people of all ages and stages in life."
The County Council's Countryside Recreation department is preparing a leaflet giving details of all the walks. To request a leaflet, phone 01926 413420 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.