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Return of Marsden Walking Festival for 2023

After a lockdown hiatus, the Marsden Walking Festival is back. This time we (Marsden Walkers are Welcome) are focusing on one jam-packed day (9th September) rather than a weekend but (falls into hack PR language) what a day it promises to be..

There is a great mix of guided walks, talks, stalls / outdoors and makers fair, a book stall, an evening film, food and drink.

A range of shorter and longer guided walks will run across the day, some centred on the village and others heading out onto the moors, the walks take in a mix of elevation, woodland and canalside routes. Hopefully something for everyone.

The talks, stalls and the ‘Curlew cafe’ (hosted by Marsden scouts) will use the Mechanics Institute as a base.

There will also be demonstrations and information from EPIKS about e-Bikes and Experience Community about how they help disabled people access the outdoors.

The evening film:

This is ‘Evie’ with Sheila Hancock, so not an extreme outdoor sports type of film but a lovely tale of later life ‘grit’ and some melancholia, some feel-good moments and great scenery of course as Evie heads for the Highlands.

Tickets are available here (for the combined film and talk ticket or the film-only ticket )

The talks are:

John D Burns and Bothy Tales:

This will be an evening of stories and insights from author John D Burns. John has spent years among the mountains of the Scottish Highlands. He is an author and public speaker.
As the publicity info says “These are stories of wild places, with near-death adventures on ice-wreathed cliff faces. Poems about the folk who wander high places. Tales of dark deeds in distant bothies and even a brush with royalty. There is also a little theatre, relating the struggles of working-class folk, fighting to establish their right to wander.”

Tickets for John’s talk (which includes entry to Tom’s talk) can be found here.

Tom Lonsdale and the creation of the Stanza Stones Trail.

The Snow Stone from the trail is featured on the poetry trail and it will be great to hear Tom talk about the wider tail and the project that brought it all together.

Read Holmfirth will be in The Mechanics selling books (including Bothy Tales) in the afternoon.


If you want to join any of the walks or talks or come for a mooch at the outdoors and makers fair, whilst eating cake (and why not) please see more details on the overall event listing on the Marsden WaW Facebook page.

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