Our partners

We’ve teamed up with some great outdoor organisations for YHA's Festival of Walking.

Bringing people together

To support us in our mission to bring people together over a love of landscapes, we’re working in partnership with some great outdoor organisations.

British Mountaineering Council

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is the representative body for hill walkers, climbers and mountaineers, protecting their freedoms and promoting their interests.

The BMC is delighted to be providing: technical walking advice to YHA, qualified volunteers to lead the festival’s guided social walks, and information to keep everybody safe when out and about walking.

Visit BMC’s website

Cotswold Outdoor

Cotswold Outdoor are pleased to be supporting YHA's Festival of Walking. For almost 50 years, Cotswold Outdoor have been helping people to discover the great outdoors by offering quality clothing, equipment and accessories from the very best outdoor brands.

When it comes to the outdoors, their friendly, passionate and knowledgeable in-store experts have helped cement their reputation as unrivalled providers of advice that’s born from experience. Book an in-store appointment with services including free expert boot and rucksack fitting to ensure you find the right fit.

Check out some of their expert guides to help you prepare for your walk:

Ordnance Survey

At Ordnance Survey we are passionate about helping more people to get outside more often, and offer a range of products and services to help make the outdoors more enjoyable, accessible and safe.

Our award-winning digital mapping app, OS Maps, offers detailed mapping on any device, hundreds of thousands of ready-made routes, as well as stunning 3D views and augmented reality. OS Maps helps you explore further across GB and now internationally in Australia, New Zealand and America, with more countries coming soon.

For more than 230 years, Ordnance Survey has helped people discover the outdoors. Our iconic paper maps are supported by an expanding collection of OS products, books and outdoor accessories. All available from the OS Shop, alongside an extensive range of adventure gear from top outdoor brands.

We inspire people to find new places and create lasting memories, and in doing so, we help keep the nation active, happy and healthy.

Visit OS’ website

The Ramblers

The Ramblers open the way for everyone to enjoy the simple pleasures of walking. And we step up to protect the places we all love to wander.

We're the only charity dedicated to removing barriers so everyone can enjoy walking in green spaces, and to improving Britain’s most popular and least-known walking places. We’re committed to campaigning to keep our countryside open to all and to fighting for the things that matter most to walkers. We lead the way, and the walks, for a vibrant community united by the joys of walking, helping everyone get more out of their walks.

Our local groups will be putting on a selection of walks as part of the festival, and we would love for you to come along! Details will be available soon.

Visit The Ramblers’ website

Special offers

25% off stays at selected hostels

Throughout the festival, we’re offering 25% off stays at selected hostels to encourage as many people as possible to get out walking. Book your discounted stay today.

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Guided social walks

Explore new tracks and trails with our guided social walks, led by an experienced leader. Some of our hostels are offering a free cuppa at the finishing point too!

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Free maps and route guides

You can download free maps and route instructions for walks across England and Wales. All our self-guided walks start and end at a YHA hostel. Where will you go?

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Free cuppa for walkers

Throughout the festival, we’re offering a free cup of tea or Fairtrade filter coffee at participating hostels to encourage as many people as possible to get outside in the great outdoors.

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Log your miles for a chance to win

Enter our prize draw by logging the distance you walk during the festival. We’ll add your miles to our totaliser and you’ll get the chance to win a £500 voucher for Cotswold Outdoor.

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25% off stays for walking groups

Get your group together and have an unforgettable YHA experience for less. We are offering 25% off all group packages for stays taking place during the festival.

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Take part in the festival

Participating hostels

Many of our hostels are hosting walking activities for the festival

Social walks

Open to all, our guided social walks are led by experienced leaders

Self-guided walks

Walk your own way with free maps and route instructions

Fundraising events

Help support YHA with one of our walking challenge events