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Lace up for Walking and Cycling Festival

Date Published: 14 May 2019
Walking and Cycling Festival

Rutland’s popular annual Walking and Cycling Festival returns this month, encouraging people to lace up and head outside to explore the county on foot or by bike.

Now celebrating its tenth year, the festival is split across two weeks from Saturday 18 to Friday 31 May and celebrates the many ways that you can get active through walking and cycling.

Organised by Rutland County Council, the festival also offers a chance to meet local clubs and groups, discover new routes around the County and see how walking and cycling can improve your health and well-being.

“The Walking and Cycling Festival is a great way to explore Rutland and our fantastic countryside. Every year we encourage people to get outside and discover the benefits of walking and cycling for fun. They’re both great activities to help you get active and the festival is open to anyone, regardless of age or ability.”
Lucy Stephenson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure

The two-week festival will see more than 30 sessions take place around Rutland. This includes country walks, mountain biking, a demonstration day dedicated to electric bikes and much more. Activities are free to join in, with some small costs where bike hire may be needed.

Rutland Round: Saturday 18 May – Friday 24 May 2019
The Rutland Round kick starts the first week of the Walking and Cycling Festival covering 65 miles in seven days. Register online to take part for one or two days or join in for the whole week.

Walking and Cycling Week: Saturday 25 May – Friday 31 May 2019
The second week of the festival includes a number of walking and cycling-based activities across the county. Everyone is welcome and there is no need to book – just turn up and take part. Most walks are dog friendly but ask that animals are kept on leads. Please call 01572 720936 to check.

For more information about the festival, including a full programme of activities, or to register where needed, visit the Active Rutland website.

Alternatively, you can contact a member of the Active Rutland Team by emailing: activerutland@rutland.gov.uk or calling: 01572 720 936

For regular updates about activities running during the festival,  follow Active Rutland on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


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