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Booking your WalkFest Booking is easy.  From this page you can browse the walks and events scheduled each day of the festival.  You can book online using PayPal or by telephone on           01671 404500 
Experienced Walk Leaders We provide experienced local guides who will look after you throughout the day.  Routes in the Galloway Hills, and a few others, are led by members of the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team.

Select Your Walks - by Grade


Walk Gradings

There are a number of factors which influence how difficult a walk is, including underfoot conditions, distance and ascent.  The walk gradings we use are only a guide.  You should bear in mind that unlike some more congested hill walking areas, most of the walking routes in Galloway do not follow well defined footpaths.  For both your enjoyment and the enjoyment of others, please choose walks which fit with your level of fitness and capability.  The five walk categories we use during the festival have the following typical characteristics: Very strenuous – A true mountain adventure, often with difficult walking underfoot in Galloway’s wildest locations.  Distances are typically at least 16km (10 miles) with an ascent of typically over 1,000 metres (but sometimes much more). Suitable only for those with a high level of fitness and hillwalking experience. Strenuous – Open hillside with some steep sections. Distances typically 10km (7 miles) to 15km (9 miles) with between 500m and 1000m of ascent. Suitable only for those with a good level of fitness. Moderate plus - Generally on lower land across farmland, through forests or on the coast, usually on paths, but with some difficult sections.  Distances of around 10km (7 miles) with typically around 300m of ascent.   Moderate – Generally on lower land across farmland, through forests or on the coast, usually on paths.  Distances are generally 7km (4 miles) to 10km (7 miles) with only minimal levels of ascent but may include some exposed sections. A number of these walks are led by experts with a particular interest and hence are taken at a slower pace to allow for discussion along the route. Easy - Generally level walks on paths or paved surfaces with a range of distances

Walk Themes

To help find the best route for you, we’ve identified a range of themes – look out for these symbols beside the walk descriptions:   Routes in the hills of Galloway which include an ascent of at least one Corbett or Donald Coastal routes  Routes which finish at a café or pub Routes with historical interest Routes wildlife interest Routes through the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere core areas
Use the selector to show all the walks of your chosen grade throughout WalkFest
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Use the Walk Gradings descriptors below to decide upon your ideal walk routes.  For further information, refer to our Guidance for Walkers page.