Locals urged to book up

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With only a few weeks to go, the organisers of the 14th Newton Stewart Walking Festival are encouraging local walkers to book their places for this year’s festival, which runs from 6th to 12th May.

Joan Mitchell, chair of the group of volunteers who organise the event said: “Bookings have been coming in and all places are already filled on two of our walks.

Several others have very limited availability. I would urge local walkers who are planning to attend this year’s festival to book their places sooner rather than later so they don’t miss out on their favourite routes.”

Joan added: “In addition, this coming weekend, the hour long BBC Countryfile programme will be featuring Dumfries and Galloway. We are hoping the programme will generate added interest in the region and encourage more people to come and discover the delights of Galloway.”

This year’s festival also features the opportunity for walkers to join selected walks at Glenluce, thanks to support from the Old Luce Community Fund. Joan added: “One of those walks is already fully booked but another has spaces available. It is a great opportunity for folk from the Glenluce area to discover WalkFest for the first time.”

The full festival programme, which features over 30 walks and other events, is available on the festival website at www.newtonstewartwalkfest.com.