As the popularity of walking continues to grow, there is an increasing number of walking events to choose from.
Some country parks and national parks have organised nature walks giving visitors the chance to observe wildlife in its natural habitat.
In other locations walking festivals are being held to highlight the opportunities that exist for hiking in the area and provide a focus for a number of related events and activities.
One of these is Cowalfest - the Cowal Walking and Arts Festival, which in 2006 will be in its fourth year. Cowal is a peninsula in Argyll, in the West Highlands of Scotland, and Dunoon is the main town, easily accessible by ferry from Gourock.
Another popular event is the Newton Stewart Walkfest. It was held from 12-14 May 2006 amidst the magnificent scenery of the Galloway Forest Park, in South-West Scotland (see photo).
And over on the edge of the Eastern Highlands, the Blairgowrie Walking Festival will be held from 29 September - 4 October 2006, providing a wide variety of routes.
If you know of interesting walking events, anywhere around the world, please let us know.