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11th annual Newton Stewart Walkfest begins

The 11th annual Newton Stewart Walkfest begins today with keen walkers from all over the UK expected to visit the area.

Participants can choose from more than 30 guided walks, all of which explore the hills of Galloway.

Many of the walks have themes, with local experts providing an insight into the history of the surrounding towns, landscapes and wildlife.

The festival is held over seven days and many of the more strenuous walks are lead by members of the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team.

For more information on how you can get involved with the walking festival, click here.

Jane Tomlinson's lake district walking festival launched

Family favourite Peter Rabbit is helping to launch this year's Jane Tomlinson's lake district walking festival.

The charity event will take place on 8th September and will see around 1,000 people take part in various courses ranging in distances from five to 22 miles.

Jane Tomlinson came to national attention when, despite being diagnosed with an incurable cancer, she took part in a number of endurance challenges to raise money for charity, including marathons, an Ironman Triathlon and a 4,200 mile bike ride across America.

When she died in 2007 aged 43, she had raised £1.85 million for charity.

"There is a route to suit all abilities and everyone can enjoy the stunning scenery of this wonderful national park.

"Last year's event was a great success and we're sure this year's will be even bigger and better as we know lots and lots of people have been telling their friends and families what a fantastic time they had."

– Tristan Batley-Kyle, Event organiser

"We are proud to be associated with this event, which is taking place just a short flight from the base of our Pride of Cumbria aircraft near Penrith.

"We hope as many of our supporters as possible take part in the walk, which promises to be a great opportunity to explore this beautiful area while raising money to support the local air ambulance."

– Mandy Drake, Head of Fundraising, Great North Air Ambulance Service