Dawlish Walking Festival 2018

Bird Hide on Nature Reserve at Dawlish Warren

Dawlish Walking Festival: 20 – 29th April 2018

More walks for Dawlish!

A walking festival is being organised in Dawlish for the third year running, thanks to support from Dawlish Transition, many volunteers and Dawlish town council, along with a generous donation from Scott Richards, a local solicitors firm.

Last year the festival was organised by Sustrans as part of the Destination Dawlish project. This year walks have been organised by the Dawlish Transition group. The group focuses on encouraging local residents to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle to protect Dawlish and its environment for the future.

We are delighted to be organising the festival and that Scott Richards are sponsoring the Dawlish Walking Festival for a second successive year,” says Sue Brader, Secretary of Dawlish Transition. “Scott Richards Solicitors have made a major donation to support a variety of walks. We know from last year that local residents and tourists enjoyed taking part and wanted the festival to continue. Research also tells us that walking is very beneficial for people’s well-being and encourages them to be out and about.”

From 20th April – 29th April 2018 Dawlish will host more than 30 walking activities around the town and countryside. There will be something for all abilities and interests, long rambles, short poetry walks, bird watching, local history and spooky walks as well as healthy stretches along the lanes. For the first time it will also include the annual “Walking the Bounds” event led by the Mayor of Dawlish. A special walking quiz has also been designed for children under 10 to take part in during the week.

“We are proud to support the Dawlish Walking Festival and hosting a South West Coast Path walk from Teignmouth to Dawlish on Saturday 21st April.” says Jamie Dyson, Managing Partner, “The Scott Richards walk will be a celebration of the beautiful and wildlife rich coastline we have around Dawlish. Refreshments will be available at the office to start people off on the walk.”

Look out for posters and leaflets about the Walking Festival around the town from early March.

Martin Wrigley, Mayor of Dawlish says “I am delighted to see the Dawlish Walking Festival in its third year growing from strength to strength. This novel idea introduces people to the wonders of Dawlish by foot, and the mix of history, views and beautiful Devon countryside that we are so fortunate to live amongst. I will be joining as many walks as I can this year – let’s hope the weather is kind to us!”

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