Harborough Walking Festival

Harborough Walking Festival – Ends this Sunday 17 September

Sometimes, as we rush about our daily lives, we stop noticing the beautiful countryside that surrounds us. We all have some favourite well-worn walks but lack the time and confidence to explore a new area and find out about its paths, villages and the stories they contain.

The area around Market Harborough certainly has plenty to offer: rolling countryside, ancient pastures and farmland, streams, woodland spinneys and some of the most beautiful villages in Leicestershire, and maybe even the country.

In order to showcase the extraordinary area that we are fortunate to live in, two experienced local guides, James Carpenter and George Keeping, with support from Harborough District Council and local travel firm ‘Involved Holidays’, have organised a Walking Festival which is currently offering six guided walks over the period from Sunday 10 to Sunday 17 September. 

James is a trained Blue Badge Tourist Guide and a member of the Institute of Tourist Guides, who has lived locally all his life. History has been his passion and with a farming background, he has the vast knowledge to make any walk a delightful experience.

Assisting James is George, an outdoor writer and footpaths researcher, who has written and contributed to guidebooks across the Midlands. With a background in archaeology, he is as fascinated with what goes on beneath the soil as he is with the landscapes of Harborough District.

Still available to book are: the 6½ mile afternoon walk on Friday 15 September titled River Welland Circular and the 7½ mile walk on Sunday 17 September Launde Abbey and Rutland circular. Places are limited and must be booked in advance.

For more information, and to book, please visit the Harborough District Walking Festival website: www.harboroughwalks.org or send an email to: james.carpenter@harboroughwalks.org