Ramblers galore as Evesham Walking Festival welcomes hundreds of hikers - The Evesham Observer

Ramblers galore as Evesham Walking Festival welcomes hundreds of hikers

Evesham Editorial 7th Jul, 2024   0

EVESHAM welcomed more than 300 ramblers from across the country to its fifth annual Walking Festival last week.

Twenty-two walking events took place over five days from June 26 to 30 as part of the biggest and most successful festival so far according to organisers.

This year, Evesham Welcomes Walkers extended the range and type of walks offered and for the first time, included a Nordic Walking taster and a linear walk over four days.

Hikers were able to visit Kemerton Lake Nature Reserve where a member of the Kemerton Conservation Trust gave a short talk. Another themed walk included a visit to Kiftsgate Court Gardens.

Walkers explored Pershore Avon Meadows whilst others climbed Bredon Hill to enjoy panoramic views and walk through fields edged with poppies on a balmy summer’s evening.

For those who wanted something more demanding there was a four-day walk along the Wychavon Way from Droitwich to Broadway. The group of 13 participants were supported by minibus transport to the start each morning.

Many attendees were walkers who had attended previous festivals and had returned to discover new places this year.

A recent development are so-called ‘festival baggers’ who attend walking festivals around the country. Organisers said that Evesham Walking Festival is now very much on their list, which brings in additional business to shops, restaurants, pubs and accommodation.

Glyn Hayter from Evesham Welcomes Walkers told the Standard the group was delighted with this year’s outcome. He said: “With over 350 walk bookings and 312 different people attending, this has been a very successful festival. It has been wonderful to see walkers come together and enjoy the amazing range of walks we have offered.

“It is also nice to see returning guests and new faces from as far afield as Colchester, Chepstow, Bridgend and North Wales. We are now firmly on the walking festival calendar and have received requests to repeat walks that have been enjoyed in previous years. We look forward to 2025 and have already started to plan an exciting programme.”

See walkevesham.uk for more information about walking in the Vale of Evesham.

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