Organisers of the Cowalfest walking festival, due to be held October 12th to 16th, have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event due to unprecedented rainfall on Saturday 7th October. The effects of this sadly led to mass flooding, landslides and inevitable damage to trails which will take time to remedy.
All bookings made so far for each of the festival’s fifty plus walks and activities will be refunded in full over the coming days and weeks.
Cowalfest chair Agnes Harvey explained: “The decision to cancel the festival was a unanimous one within our committee, all of whom are volunteers and have spent hundreds of hours working on the event over the past 12 months. The decision takes into account the extensive damage to the Cowal landscape caused by flooding and the resulting health and safety risks to walkers and walk guides.
“Our hearts go out to those people whose homes and land have been affected by this destructive rainfall event.
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Welcome to CowalFest 2023, a five-day family friendly walking festival that showcases the beautiful scenery and fascinating heritage of the spectacular Cowal peninsula in Argyll, just 90 minutes from Glasgow and the central belt.
After a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Cowalfest is back on the comeback trail for its 20th anniversary with a host of expertly guided walks and associated events geared towards walkers of all abilities with families and children welcome. The festival, already established as one of Scotland’s biggest walking events, has something for everybody including heritage, bird watching, photography and much much more.
Cowalfest 2023 is organised by Cowal Walking Festival Association, a not-for-profit group of walking enthusiasts who are keen to share everything that Cowal has to offer.
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