As Alfred Wainwright said “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.”
A very damp (understatement) start to this years Corsham Festival but, by the end of the last walk we were enjoying bright sunshine and cool breezes.
By now all our walkers will have recovered from the superb weekend of walking and the boots and trainers will have been cleaned and re-proofed ready for their next outing along the byways and footpaths of our stunning countryside.
The 6th Corsham Walking Festival was a great success with over 400 walkers registering for the 27 walking events and 80 friends and family attended the Quiz and Supper evening. This year we had walkers coming from as far afield as Birmingham, Exeter and Newport Wales.
Centred on the Corsham Community Campus the majority of walks started and finished there however, several walks were based at Bradford on Avon and nearby villages enabling walkers to see other areas further afield.
Town Council Chairman Cllr. Steve Abbott opened the Festival praising the efforts of the Festival Committee and the benefits of the getting out in the countryside before saying farewell to the first group of walkers departing on the South of Corsham walk.
The Festival has a variety of walks to suit all ages and abilities and this year we included a Children’s Treasure Hunt, Nordic Walking Taster, Mindfulness and a new Murder Mystery Walk that attracted quite a considerable amount of interest – Cluedo with ‘steps’!
The Transcoco’s Festival walks presented sustainability and biodiversity in Corsham plus a chance to look at the mosses, ferns and lichens that inhabit our environment.
Our Saturday evening Quiz and Supper again enabled walkers and supporters to enjoy a social evening together testing their general knowledge on such cunning subjects as ‘Highs and Lows’. Yet again Quizmasters, Margaret and Tom Winskill, had some tricky and canny questions and the attempt of making a ‘Prize’ out of ‘odds & ends’ did provide a very ‘Blue Peter’ moment.
Well done to the quiz winners, ‘Curry Club Goes Walkabout’ for winning the fabled Golden Boots and a big thank you to all the generous local businesses that donated raffle prizes. The proceeds of the raffle raised a total of £312 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
Since October last year the Festival Committee have been planning the individual walks, promoting the Festival locally and nationwide via social media plus distributing some 4000 brochures to ensure our Festival would be in everyone’s diary.
The Festival is mainly self-supporting but relies upon the excellent sponsorship and support we receive from the Corsham Area Board, Town Council and many local businesses; for which we are most grateful. Many thanks also to the Committee and the many volunteers and supporters who without their help such events like these would not take place.
Walking Festivals are a fantastic way to get active, see some of the beautiful countryside, and learn a little bit more about your surroundings and last but least have some fun. Planning for the 2020 Walking Festival will start again in October and if you are interested in getting involved then please contact the Chairman, Kevin Wilson, at email@example.com
Barry Cox, CWF Publicity Coordinator