WALKING enthusiasts from all over the country will soon be heading to our hills.
The new Roses Walking Festival will be launched at Penistone Country Park at 10am on September 17.
The 16-day progr- amme has nearly 100 guided walks and is aimed at educating walkers on their new rights under The Countryside Rights of Way Act.
The Act was passed in 2000 and became law in September last year.
Since then, much heath, mountain, moor and common land near here has been designated as open access.
The festival is being organised by Northern Access Consultants, which previously arranged the Calder- dale Walking Festivals.
Spokesman David Nortcliffe said: "There are almost 100 walks during the festival, with 672 miles of walking on offer over 16 days.
"Walks range from less than two miles to over 20, giving something for most types of walkers."
Free brochures about the events are available at tourist information centres, museums and Yorkshire Water offices.