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Issued: 02 September 2004

Walking Festival Puts A Spring In The Step

The second Angus Glens Walking Festival was a resounding success once again bringing hundreds of walkers and thousands of pounds to the county.

Those attracted to Kirriemuir and the Angus Glens over the weekend of Thursday 3 June to Sunday 6 June 2004 have praised the event, with enthusiastic walkers commenting: "Company perfect, weather perfect, guides perfect - great value - excellent overall."

Walkers had the special opportunity this year of participating in two special anniversaries in Kirriemuir - a Peter Pan walk to celebrate the centenary of the first theatre production of JM Barrie's famous play and visiting the Town House, currently commemorating its 400th year.

The recent Angus and Dundee Tourist Board survey confirms that walkers venture all over Angus, discovering not only the Glens, Kirriemuir and Brechin, but other parts of Angus as well.

Over half were day visitors but 40% stayed overnight in the area. Walk and evening bookings totalled 727, bringing £41,000 to the Angus economy over the four days alone.

Infrastructure Services Convenor David Selfridge said "The Angus Glens Walking Festival has earned its place on Scotland's calendar of outdoor events and is successfully promoting Angus as a quality year-round walking destination. It offers a wonderful opportunity for local businesses, raises the profile of the county and broadens people's knowledge of what Angus has to offer."

Walkers are looking forward to next year's event, to be held on 2-5 June 2005 with Kirriemuir as the event base. Meanwhile, they can enjoy the Blairgowrie and East Perthshire Walking Festival (30 September to 3 October 2004), which will include two walks in Angus.

The Angus Glens Walking Festival has been developed by a partnership of local businesses and community representatives, together with Angus Council, Scottish Enterprise Tayside, Angus and Dundee Tourist Board, Angus Rural Partnership.

It has also been supported with funding from Scottish Natural Heritage and the Rural Challenge Fund.

For further information regarding the Festival, please telephone the central enquiry line on (01382) 527527, e-mail walkingfestival@angusanddundee.co.uk or visit the Angus and Dundee Tourist Board web site on www.angusanddundee.co.uk/walkingfestival.