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Swanage and Purbeck Walking Festival has launched the programe for their sixth Festival which runs from 19th – 27th September.

The Festival has matured into a successful nine days of walking in this spectacular unspoilt corner of Dorset. Walks range from a two mile art stroll or town trail to twelve mile hikes, taking in some of the best views in the country and including the eastern end of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast.

Of special interest to photographers will be the special interest walks led by award-winning landscape photographer, Andy Farrer and wildlife photographer, Julian Sawyer.

The area is known for its quarrying history, steam railway and the wonderful diversity of flora and fauna and walks are all led by local guides who are keen to share their knowledge.

There are also walks featuring the smuggling history of Purbeck and the important part the area played in World War II.

Walks are designated easy, moderate or strenuous and there is something for every age and ability.

Running alongside the main Festival is a Nordic Walking programe, run by Nordic Walking UK. This offers a full body work-out and is easy on the joints and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. There is a course to teach the technique and, for the more advanced, a selection of walks taking in the local countryside.

Festival organiser, Robert Westwood, Festival Organiser, said “We are delighted that the Festival has captured the imagination of so many people from both this country and abroad and that bookings are already coming in. We look forward to welcoming even more walkers in 2015.”

For full details and bookings, please visit

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