Other festivals in Nidderdale are well worth a visit:
The Nidd Art Trail (August 2015) - see www.niddart.org.uk
NiddFest (a nature and literary festival) - 24-26 June 2015 - see www.niddfest.com
Harefest Music and Beer festival (at the Harefield Hall Hotel, 1st-3rd May 2015) - see http://harefieldhall.com/harefest-2015/
To see the great work done by UWFRA (Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association) and to donate if you have some spare cash, see www.uwfra.org.uk. UWFRA are also our sponsored charity for 2015, so a proportion of all walk fees will go to them.
We are grateful to The Barker Partnership for their regular donation to the festival since 2013. They provide a range of financial services in this part of Yorkshire. Please see www.barkerpartnership.co.uk for further details.
Our friend, the local artist Alister Colley inspired us in 2013 to base a walk on one of his fantastic paintings - The Roaming Empire. Have a look in the our website Gallery to see it. Go to www.zeitgeistfineart.com to see more of Alister's work, or visit his studio at King Street, Pateley Bridge.
For great deals on a superb range of walking kit, visit Sypeland Outdoors at www.sypeland.com
For local coach and mini-bus transport, use A S Coaches (www.ascoaches.co.uk).
For those of you interested in walks featuring archaeology, there's more at http://prehistoric-nidderdale.org
For a great family day out, visit our friends at Studfold Farm - an intriguing, fun-filled adventure in stunning countryside for children, parents and parents parents! See www.studfoldtrails.co.uk.
Experience the thrill of nature at How Stean Gorge - see www.howstean.co.uk.
Go underground at Stump Cross Caverns - Yorkshire's premier show cave - www.stumpcrosscaverns.co.uk
If you want fantastic guided walks in the Nidderdale AONB area at other times of the year, then you need to talk to our mate Ange Harker of Feet in the Clouds - go to www.feetintheclouds.co.uk to see what's on offer.
For more walks ideas in the area and beyond, please see www.happyhiker.co.uk. The site provides free, simple to follow directions for various walking routes (including GPS downloads) and gives basic advice on a variety of walking issues. Also www.walkingontheweb.co.uk, creating an overview of walking in Europe, including routes, festivals, charity walks, holidays, equipment reviews and retailers, maps and books reviews and information and walking news. Finally of course, don't forget the Ramblers! The Ramblers is at the heart of walking in Britain; working to promote walking and protect the places where people walk. Visit them at www.ramblers.org.uk.
For those of you who like to walk a really LONG way, visit the Long Distance Walkers Association at www.ldwa.org.uk