Isle of Purbeck Nordic Walking Festival

15th - 17th September 2017

We are delighted to be hosting the second PURBECK NORDIC WALKING FESTIVAL part of the PURBECK OUTDOOR WEEKEND in September (15th – 17th) Last year 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 2017, the stunning Isle of Purbeck in Dorset. Explore tranquil beaches, stunning Jurassic coastal paths, ancient castles and picture postcard villages.

This festival will combine workshops, social events, guided Nordic walks and the UK’s first Nordic walking Marathon (in fact its almost 27 miles due to the rugged terrain!) there will also be a 16 mile stunning challenge route and a host of walks at all levels. Entries are Now Open and all finishers will get a unique medal.

Beginners can book the NEW ‘Learn to Nordic Walk’ Festival Package and gain their FREEDOM PASSPORTS at the event too.

We are busy planning the final schedule 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!

There will be a choice of walks each day which will vary in level, distance and difficulty. All will include amazing views or be themed to include interests such as foraging, mindful walking, wildlife, a Thomas Hardy trail and even a geological Jurassic jaunt! The full timetable will allow plenty of opportunity to Nordic walk, relax and socialize (view the 2016 schedule here to get an idea of what was on each day). All sessions will be led by qualified leaders and all will be pre bookable so you can pre plan your perfect Festival.

There will be a central hub in Swanage where we will be on hand with information, registration and a lively range of social activities too. We have compiled an accommodation and travel information sheet and are busy negotiating discounts with many popular venues.

Feel free to attend all 3 days or just come along for the challenge routes (27 and 16 miles) which are on the Saturday and finish in the hub where we plan a lovely sociable BBQ overlooking Swanage Bay. You can choose to do as much or as little as you like!

Entry to the Festival will include choice of at least 4 walks a day plus workshops, T-shirt and admission to the HUB (plus loads more too) — all walkers will need to register to take part but we are only charging £25 a day or £60 for ALL three! We also want as many people as possible to join us for the 16 miler or 27 miler on the Saturday and these will be an extra £10 or £15 respectively because you get another T-shirt and a MEDAL and we have to cover costs of road closures, first aid and back up/water stations en route. There will also be a BBQ at the HUB on the Saturday evening so we can all welcome the brave 27 milers home.

The key location for accessibility for accommodation with good links to the Festival HUB and most walks would be Swanage, Wareham, Corfe Castle and the surrounding areas — there are a host of venues from Cottages and Campsites to Yurts and luxury Boutique Hotels.

For those without cars we will have bookable transfers meeting the key trains from London to Wareham and there will be a car share register for lifts to the walks. There is a steam train from Corfe Castle to Swanage and a great bus service (The Purbeck Breezer.) Please note, whilst 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 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 booking into your dates.

The Purbeck Nordic Walking Festival

Thank you to everybody who took part in the 2017 Purbeck Festival - see you all next year!

2018 Festival dates - 14th, 15th and 16th September!