A FESTIVAL for walkers near and far aims to showcase the beauty of the Quantock Hills this summer.

Stowey Walking, a group based in the villages of Nether and Over Stowey, is gearing up for the event which is hoped will draw people far and wide.

Work is already underway planning routes and check their suitability across the Quantocks – England’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

A spokesman for the group, a member of the national Walkers are Welcome network, said: “Stowey Walking has some experience of running walking festivals having helped Sedgemoor Ramblers with a similar event in the past but now feels it is ready to go it alone.

“Walkers who book places at the festival will be able to choose from three guided walks each day of varying lengths, so there will be something to suit everyone from keen hikers and ramblers to families looking for a more leisurely stroll in the countryside.”

Lynne Abbott, of Stowey Walking, said the group is excited to be holding its first solo festival as a Walkers are Welcome destination and members “would be working hard to ensure it was an enjoyable weekend for all." 

Numbers for the walks need to be limited so booking is essential. There is no charge for booking but walkers will be asked to make a voluntary donation to Stowey Walking on the festival weekend. 

For full information and booking details contact enquiries@stoweywalking.co.uk or visit the website www.stoweywalking.co.uk

The festival will be held in and around the Quantocks from June 30 to July 1.