International Waendel Walk

The Waendel Walk aims to provide a pleasant recreational weekend for families and casual walkers whilst at the same time being a part of the international walking circuit. There are tangible benefits for the local culture and commerce in that tourists from overseas are attracted by the international status of the Walk, as well as visitors from other parts of this country.

The walk has grown in popularity from 470 participants in 1979 to over 5000 in previous years

Wellingborough, England
From May 12 to
May 14, 2023
3 days
5000 people
mainly Adult (40-60)
Difficult Levels: Hard, Moderate, Easy
Complementary: Music
Gifts & Awards: Certification / Medals
Labels: IML
Organizer type: Tourism Board
Council of Wellingborough


International Waendel Walk

The 42nd walk will be held in Wellingborough from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 May 2023.

More details will be available later in 2022.


The International Waendel Walk will be hosted by North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) in Wellingborough and the surrounding area from Friday 13 - Sunday 15 May 2022, following a two-year break and registration for walkers is now open.

The three-day walking event will begin with a 5km and 10km Friendship walk on the Friday evening, starting from the Castle Theatre before participants can take part in walks ranging from 5km through to 42km on the Saturday and Sunday with routes covering Wellingborough and the surrounding North Northants countryside.

North Northants and particularly Wellingborough is the only place in England to host the IML Walking Association, which in previous years has attracted people from across the country and globe, reaching as far as Australia and America. The last event in 2019 saw 6,500 walkers take part across the weekend and the team are hoping to match (or exceed) this figure in 2022.

North Northamptonshire Council, NNC, who are running the event, are encouraging as many people as possible to get involved and sign up to take part. Whether it’s a family walk, a personal challenge, or to raise money for a charity close to your heart, the International Waendel Walk will have something for you.

The weekend begins with live music and activities on the Friday evening in the grounds of the Castle Theatre, prior to the start of the Friendship Walk. Across Saturday and Sunday, the live music continues along with sports, fun activities for all the family and entertainment at the Castle Theatre - the start and finish point of all walks.

Wellingborough, England


International Waendel Walk