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People urged to book now as programme for Norfolk’s forth Walking and Cycling Festival launches Saturday, 1 September

The programme for Norfolk's 4th annual Walking and Cycling Festival, taking place throughout October, goes live on Saturday, 1 September.

For the first time all the walks and rides are bookable online at: www.norfolkwalkingfestival.co.uk

Events are taking place across Norfolk with a special focus on the Marriott’s Way Norfolk Trail which is hosting this year’s festival.

All the great aspects of the Marriott’s Way, a much loved, traffic free, 26-mile route between Norwich and Aylsham are in the programme. Nature and history walks are a particular feature, as well as lots of new circular walks and rides, both on or near the route and right across the county.

Cllr Andrew Jamieson, Norfolk County Council’s Member Champion for Cycling and Walking, said: “With the fantastic summer coming to an end I am now looking forward to one of the loveliest months of the year. October is such a great time to get out and explore the beautiful county right on our doorsteps.

“This year the full programme of events is online and with a choice of free, payable, bookable and ‘just turn up’ walks and cycle rides available, it’s easy to find something to get you and your family outdoors this autumn.”

Places are expected to fill up fast so people are urged to book their place now. The programme has been designed for a range of interests from birding walks at Titchwell and Fungi Forays at Felbrigg, to archaeology around Lenwade and a lantern walk at dusk on the Marriott’s Way.

Lots of the events are free and included in the programme are a number of hand-picked self-guided walks which allow people to just download a map and guide and go anytime.

The Festival, which is co-ordinated by Norfolk County Council’s Norfolk Trails team, runs from Monday 1 October to Tuesday 30 October. A number of organisations have allowed their walks to be listed in the programme, these include the RSPB, Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the National Trust.

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