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Purbeck WALX Festival

18th 19th & 20th September 2020

Purbeck WALX Marathon & Nordic 16

Specialist & Iconic Walks

Guided Nordic Walks around the Isle of Purbeck

Workshops & Presentations

Informative Workshops and Presentations

The Purbeck WALX festival (formally the Purbeck Nordic Walking Festival) in Dorset is entering its fifth year in 2020. Explore this stunning area on the Jurassic coast and take part in walks in iconic locations like Brownsea Island, Thomas Hardy’s cottage and Old Harry Rocks. We have hundreds of walks for all levels, with or without poles. All led by trained leaders and all with an essence of adventure, food or fun (or perhaps all 3!)

This 3 day event includes two distance challenges (16 and 27 miles) and a Saturday night social with live music at our unique Festival hub nestled beneath Corfe Castle.

We are delighted to be hosting the fifth  PURBECK NORDIC WALKING FESTIVAL in September (18th – 20th). For the past four years a host of Nordic Walkers from around the world came to learn, participate and simply enjoy nordic walking at all levels. See pictures here.

So come and join us on our home turf in 2020, the stunning Isle of Purbeck in Dorset. Explore tranquil beaches, stunning Jurassic coastal paths, ancient castles and picture postcard villages.

What’s On?
This festival will combine innovative workshops, presentations, social events, over 100, guided  walks and the UK’s only dedicated walking and nordic walking Marathon (in fact its almost 27 miles due to the rugged terrain!) there will also be a 16 mile stunning challenge route.

The full timetable will allow plenty of opportunity to walk, relax and socialize including our range of NEW Friday night supper walks and a music spectacular on Saturday evening.

Click here to see the types of Walks and Workshops we have on offer, and click here to see the  2019 TIMETABLE to get an idea of just how many walks and workshops we put on every day

What you Get?
All festival pass holders get a Festival wristband, T-shirt and Goodie bag plus access to the HUB which is in a NEW exclusive location with more emphasis on social events, music and retail stalls. This year we will also offer those who only want to take part in the challenge events our NEW challenge only passes which do not include access to the HUB events or activities.

We are busy planning the schedule for 2020 but we do know that there will be a warm Dorset welcome for Nordic Walkers (and wannabe Nordic walkers) from far and wide! Come on your own or with a group or come to get started and join our family!

Feel free to attend all 3 days or come along to tackle the challenge routes (27 and 16 miles) which are on the Saturday. You can choose to do as much or as little as you like! We have a range of tickets to reflect the perfect festival experience for you.

The Festival Hub
The key location for accessibility for accommodation with good links to the Festival HUB and most walks would be Corfe Castle, Swanage, Wareham and the surrounding areas — we have lots of mini hubs around the area and in all the best locations. If you are looking for accommodation there are a host of venues from Cottages and Campsites to Yurts and luxury Boutique Hotels all waiting for you to get booked in.

For those without cars, there is access via bus from Wareham station. There is a steam train from Corfe Castle to Swanage and a great bus service (The Purbeck Breezer).

Please note, whilst many walks will be starting from the HUB – many will also start at other locations around the Isle of Purbeck and full directions will be given when you register for them – we also provide a map and directions in your goodie bag to help you make the most of your festival plan. We want you to experience the full range of hills, rugged coast and moorland plus the history and culture of our amazing ‘Island’. More information coming soon but if you are interested, secure your place today by securing your ticket for the days you want to join us.

How it all works!

The full schedule for each festival will be released 3 months prior to the event – at this point those who have purchased TICKETS will be able to create their own festival plans by selecting walks and workshops that suit their ability and timetable.

To secure a place all you need to do is to register and buy a ticket for the day or days you would like to join us and add a challenge if you fancy taking part in one!  Each day ticket will provide you access to the HUB (via a wristband) and the ability to enjoy any of the walks and workshops scheduled that day.

Once the full timetable is released, you will be able to access your account and select the walks, workshops and presentations that work for you! Most sessions are available each day of the event and many are repeated several times to make sure you do not miss out.

Note some activities may incur additional costs due to catering, entry fees or travel (Cream teas, Ferries, Museum entries and so forth) payment is taken when the activity is selected.

Register early because priority for booking individual activities is given in order of initial registration date.

If you fancy learning how to Nordic walk – come along to the Festival and book tuition when the activities open for booking. 

NEW in 2019 and now a major part of what we do – we know not everybody wants (or can) Nordic Walk, so last year we introduced activities for those not ready for pole walking. Popular with relatives of our original pole walking attendees, this inspired us to expand with our new brand WALX and in 2020 there will be as many WALX for all levels as there are specific Nordic WALX.

As part of our partnership with THE OUTDOOR GUIDE who sponsor our ACCESSIBLE WALX – we have some amazing WALX suitable for wheelchairs and all terrain buggies. Come along and join in the Festival Fun, enjoy the social events and see the best views Purbeck has to offer. Tramper hire is available too. 

Supported By

Guided Nordic Walks

Workshops & Presentations

Purbeck Nordic Walking Festival

2020 Festival dates – 18th, 19th and 20th September!

Take a look at our videos for a real flavour of the Festival experience!

Peak District Festival 2018

Purbeck Festival 2017

Purbeck Festival 2016