Launch of 2013 walking festival

THE POPULAR Angus Glens Walking Festival has launched its online booking system for 2013.

The four-day walking festival is being held from Thursday, May 30, until Sunday, June 2, offering a programme of 27 walks.

Participants can choose walks best suited to their fitness and ability and there are also three ‘all ability’ walks which are suitable for wheelchairs.

Tom McGrath, chair of the festival, said: “Our walk leaders and Countryside Rangers have been working hard to put together a fantastic programme of walks for this year’s festival.

“This year we have included a number of new walks, including a strenuous circular walk in Glen Prosen and a picturesque moderate walk along the banks of Loch Shandra.

“Every year we try to introduce something different for our visitors and this year is no exception, with a stalker outing in Glen Esk, where the group will get up close to the resident wild Red Deer herds and other wild inhabitants of the moorland.”

He added: “This year we have also changed the format of the evening events. The ever-popular ceilidh will still be taking place on the Saturday night at Kirriemuir Town Hall, with a top local band providing the entertainment, and a hearty ‘Taste of Angus’ supper on offer.

“However, on the other evenings of the festival, participants will be free to meet up with friends old and new in the area’s excellent restaurants, pubs and cafes. We are working with these businesses to provide special offers for walkers, so look out for these on the event website in the weeks leading up to the festival.”

To find out more and to book your place on the Angus Glens Walking Festival, visit www.angusglenswalkingfestival.com or pick up a programme in leisure centres, museums, tourist information offices and Access offices across Angus.