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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.