Bishop’s Castle Walking Festival

in the Shropshire Hills
Wednesday 15 – Sunday 19 May 2019
the friendliest of walking Festivals



Hopesay Walk 2017 by Meady Waterhouse


Bishop’s Castle is a small market town surrounded by the wonderful Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, near the Welsh border and off the beaten track.  The festival welcomes walkers of all abilities and each day offers a range of walks from leisurely to strenuous.

Our 21st annual Walking Festival will be held over five days in May, when the countryside is at its best.  The area is a walker’s paradise, with local footpaths leading over open hilltops, through winding valleys, tiny hamlets, country lanes and sometime the remains of ancient hill forts.  There are many amazing views.

Friendly and relaxed, our guided walks are led by experienced local volunteers.  Most walks, cost £3.50 per person per walk; under sixteens are free, though must be accompanied by an adult.  Walk details are now available >>HERE<< and show any other costs involved, such as possible transport fees.  Where transport is needed to the start of the walk, we will car-share or use community transport.  (Please see note in the Small Print about car-sharing.)  Where walks finish in Bishop’s Castle or near a café or pub, there will be the option of tea and cakes or a pint.

As in previous years, there will be a programme of evening events and walkers will find good accommodation, pubs and cafés and a very interesting little town to explore.

We thought you would like to know that Walk Leaders will be having an informal get-together at the Castle Hotel, between the hours of 5.30pm and 7.00pm on Tuesday 14th May and if you would like to come along and say hello, we would love to see you.  It’s a great opportunity to start off the festival by meeting up with both fellow walkers and walk leaders, whilst enjoying a pint of locally brewed beer in friendly surroundings.

Last day to book Saturday 18th May 2019 evening meal and entertainment is Wednesday 15th May 2019.

For accommodation providers in and around Bishop’s Castle, visit:

The Small Print

  • Walk bookings will close at 6pm on the day before the walk.
  • Please note we cannot guarantee a place on any walk which has not been booked.
  • Even in the worst of weathers, Walk Leaders will always be at the meeting point and make a decision about walking.
  • The Walk Leaders’ mobile phone numbers will be printed on the tickets.  This is for last-minute problems only on the night before or the morning of the walk.  For all other queries, contact
  • Important:  Will everyone joining a car-sharing walk please bring their cars to the Meeting Point if they have them, in case they are needed.
  • Please arrive at the Meeting Point 10 to 15 minutes before the start of the walk.
  • Please come prepared for all-weather, hills and mud and bring suitable clothing and footwear.
  • Please bring drink and food as suggested in the walk details.  Food to take away is available in the town.
  • No dogs please because of sheep and cattle in the fields.