Local people participating in Walking Festival this month
Thousands of people are expected to stretch their legs at the Alton Walking Festival throughout the whole of this month.
The event, overseen by Alton Town Council, is now in its fifth year and has grown from being held on one weekend each year, to now spanning across the full 31 days in May.
More than 40 different routes are available.
The events page for the Festival states: “The Walking Festival is now one of the town’s featured events, popular with residents and attracting visitors from all over the country.
“The Festival offers a range of walks that will give you the opportunity to explore the town and the beautiful surrounding countryside and acts as a gateway to the South Downs National Park.”
New to this year’s event is the Six Hills of Alton – dedicated in memory of Robert Athis, a local resident who died and desired for all visitors to enjoy the far-reaching views from six vantage points around the town.
Every route will have a Walk Leader or a Walking Group. They have been working tirelessly with the Town Council to prepare for the Festival.
The event will also aim to encourage those who have not considered walking before to actively log their progress to being able to complete a 5km hike by the end of the month.
Walking is an excellent exercise at supporting with maintaining a healthy weight and strengthening bones and muscles.
For more information on the event, and details on a route near you, see the Eventbrite page at: https://bit.ly/2JnuaZ8
May is also National Walking Month. All walks must be booked in advance.