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Over 70 guided walks to put a 'spring' in your step

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Friday 06 April 2018

The Spring Walking Festival will return to the Bailiwick from 12 May until 28 May 2018 for its third year of guided walks organised by the Bailiwick of Guernsey Guild of Accredited Guides, with support from VisitGuernsey.

The festival will run over 17 days offering more than 70 easy rambles, longer strolls and challenging routes across Guernsey, Lihou, Herm and Sark. Participants can choose from coastal, inland and town options.

2018 includes brand new tours to bring the story behind, 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' to life, following the film's UK cinema release on 20 April 2018.

Led by the expertise of 24 accredited gold and silver guides, islanders and visitors can take part in morning, afternoon, evening and all-day excursions to explore the culture, heritage, nature and scenery of all four islands.

'We are very excited about incorporating, 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' and its intriguing story,' said Carla Bauer, from the Bailiwick of Guernsey Guild of Accredited Guides. 'Groups will visit key locations referenced in the novel, and many other walks incorporate the history behind the island's German occupation, which fits in perfectly.'

She said this was their largest festival yet in terms of both the number of new walks available and the amount of extensive training undertaken by their guides.

'The programme's diversity is testament to all of this hard work, skill and knowledge and we are delighted to have around a dozen new guides on board.

'We continue to surprise locals as, even if you have lived here your whole life, there is still so much waiting to be discovered right on your doorstep. It is a great opportunity to enjoy island life with friends and family.'

More than 300 locals and visitors took part in the 2017 Autumn Walking Festival and Ms Bauer said they were anticipating this year's Spring offering to prove popular.

Director of Marketing and Tourism, Mike Hopkins, said the tailor-made routes based on, 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' and the introduction of brand new tours will hopefully inspire more tourists to take a step back in time.

'In the past, visitors have travelled to Guernsey especially for the Walking Festivals, which is fantastic. The majority of visitors who took part in 2017 came from the UK, USA, Holland and Sweden - to name but a few locations - and we are delighted to continue supporting an event with such widespread interest,' he said.

The Autumn Walking Festival will also return from 15 until 30 September, and full details will be released later in the year.

Pre-booking is essential to guarantee a place on the Spring Walking Festival's guided walks. Prices start from £6 per person. The official schedule with booking instructions can be downloaded at visitguernsey.com  or you can pick up a Spring Walking Festival guide from the Guernsey Information Centre.

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Spring Walking Festival - (Left to right) Margaret Murphy, Andy Walker, Viv Wenman, Susie Edwards, Anne Kinch, Gill Girard, Tim Osborne, Carla Bauer, Rosalyne Le Huray

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