We held our first ever Walking Festival on Saturday 28th June, and as well as a wonderful range of walks, we also had a complete range of weather. Walkers got wet, dried out, some got wet again – it even hailed at one point. However, over 100 intrepid and determined walkers lead by equally intrepid and well prepared leaders set off at their appointed times and all returned smiling in spite of rain; we did have sunshine too.. Well we are British, a bit of thunder and lightning or hail is not a deterrent! Some of the walks lasted all day and were up to 10 miles in length, others were morning or afternoon walks, averaging 5 miles. There was a fascinating Heritage Walk for those wanting to find out more about Corsham and its history and an 8 mile circular walk to the National Trust village of Lacock, with a guided tour included. The High Street had a buzz about it, the Corsham for Walking banners and bunting were up. The accompanying yellow Corsham for Walking balloons being given away to promote the event were clutched by sundry small children, adding more colour
Corsham has just achieved “Walkers are Welcome” status, so this Festival was a day organised to get people to take part in enjoyable walks and to promote Corsham as a lovely Historic town for tourists and locals alike. Some walkers had come from as far as London and Malvern and others had just moved into the area and were keen to explore it. Others were locals, several walkers said to me on their return “I had no idea about all the history of the area, it’s fascinating, and the leaders were so well informed” and those on the Lacock walk were so thrilled with their stop at New Farm for details of all the old equipment there, and the use it has been put to in filming, plus their guided tour of Lacock by the local History Society. There really was a walk for everyone.
The organisers would like to thank the wonderful staff from the Tourist Information Centre in Corsham for all their help and hospitality; the staff at the Town Hall for their invaluable help, plus the pubs and cafes who looked after the walkers so well, and to BCH Camping for their display of walking equipment in the precinct and Tourist Information Centre. We will be back! We aim to arrange a two-day Festival next year, so will be hoping for the same wonderful support from walkers – experienced and novices all welcome, we’ll hope to see you there, watch this space!