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Corsham Walking Festival 2017 - Survey Results


Thank you to everybody who completed the post Festival survey.  We had a total of 70 responses with many people taking the time to add comments which are invaluable for the planning of future festivals.  My apologies for the inability to select more than one walk; by the time we realised there was an issue, we had already had 30 responses!

The highlights from the feedback are as follows:
  • 87% of respondents rated the walks as Excellent or Very Good.  There were lots of very positive comments about the walk leaders, back markers and "experts" as well as a mixture of positive and negative comments on walk timings and pace.
  • The Hartham Park and Castle Combe walks were extremely popular as they involved areas which are not normally accessible to walkers.  The two long walks (added as a result of feedback in 2016) were also well received.
  • The Quiz and Buffet was rated as Excellent or Very Good by 88% of respondents.  The main comments were about the lack of labeling for the food and there was mixed reaction to the music.
  • Word of mouth and the Festival leaflets continued to be the most effective method of publicising the Festival, but online methods (website, social media etc) are increasingly important - particularly for attracting walkers from outside the Corsham area.
  • The ticketless booking system introduced for 2017 worked satisfactorily - but we need to work with The Pound to make improvements for next year.
  • The extended Cafe opening hours - also introduced as a result of feedback from last year, appeared to be a success.
  • A number of respondents had used facilities at the Campus as well as local shops and cafes in Corsham.  5 had booked accommodation in the area over the Festival weekend.
  • Suggestions for 2018 included: More walks aimed at children of all ages and a Friday evening walk.  In addition there were lots of suggestions to take into detailed planning.
In addition to the survey feedback we have now had time to analyse the sales data.  50% of all tickets were sold to Corsham post codes with another 20% to Chippenham and 10% to Bath.  The remaining 10% included walkers from as far afield as Godalming, Grantham, Lincoln, Morecombe and points in between!  Many of these sales were as a result of advertising or inclusion in in Festival listings in National walking magazines.

Sales of tickets were brisk with 35% of bookings taking place in the first two weeks and 72% in the first five weeks.  Eventually 14 of the 18 walks sold out as well as the evening event.  We have considered a survey suggestion of introducing a priority booking period for Corsham area residents next year, but decided that this is impracticable.  The date when tickets go on sale is advertised well in advance - so the message is to book early to ensure that you don't get caught out!

Corsham Walking Festival - Annual General Meeting


We will be holding our Annual General Meeting at 1930 on Thursday 5 October 2017 in The Methuen.  Please come along and hear about our plans for Corsham Walking Festival 2018 as well as other projects such as The Corsham Cloverleaf.

Several long serving members of the Committee have stood down so we are seeking some volunteers to join the Committee.  Next year will be our fifth festival so we have a pretty good idea of what needs to be done and have tried to divide up the duties so that they are not too onerous.  I appreciate that serving on a Committee is not everybodies cup of tea, however we can't plan and run the Festival without your support.  If you would be interested in joining the Committee please get in touch with any Committee member - contact details are on the
website.

More information about the AGM - including details of vacant Committee posts will be included in the next newsletter as well as on our
website or Facebook page.

Walking Opportunities


The Corsham area provides walking opportunities all year round - whether self guided or with a local group.  The Corsham Bookshop and the Tourist Information Centre in Corsham High Street both have a small selection of booklets of local walks available for purchase and in addition there are a number of on line resources.

If you would like to walk with a local group then details can be found on the Visit Corsham website or downloaded here.  You are sure to receive a warm welcome.  If you do not walk regularly with the relevant group, it is advisable to contact them beforehand so they are aware of likely numbers on the walk. This month's programme includes details of walks with the Bath Rambling Club (not to be confused with the Bath branch of The Ramblers), the forthcoming Bradford on Avon Walking Festival and a charity walk in support of Julian House

AUGUST
Wednesday 9th August - Combe Down - Bath Rambling Club
Wednesday 9th August - Corsham Strider Walk
Wednesday 9th August - Amble Ramble - Kennet & Avon Canal - West Wilts Ramblers
Wednesday 9th August - Shearwater and Downland - West Wilts Ramblers
Friday 11th August -
Romans and Cavaliers - Cotswold Voluntary Wardens (Avon Valley District)
Friday 11th August - Springfield Campus, Corsham - St Bartholomew's Walking Group
Sunday 13th August - Old Sodbury - Bath Rambling Club
Sunday 13th August - Leigh-on-Mendip- Bath Rambling Club
Sunday 13th August - Rowden Lane, Wingfield, Stowford, Westwood - Bradford on Avon WAW
Sunday 13th August -
Dryham: Park and Countryside - Cotswold Voluntary Wardens (Avon Valley District)
Sunday 13th August - The Roman Way - Long Distance Walking Association
Sunday 13th August - Wansdyke, Silbury Hill and Avebury - West Wilts Ramblers
Wednesday 16th August - Corsham Strider Walk
Wednesday 16th August - All Around Westbrook - West Wilts Ramblers
Thursday 17th August - Tollard Royal round - Long Distance Walking Association
Saturday 19th August -
Marshfield: Town and Country - Cotswold Voluntary Wardens (Avon Valley District)
Sunday 20th August - Rendcomb- Bath Rambling Club
Sunday 20th August - Tytherington- Bath Rambling Club
Sunday 20th August - Bruton - Corsham Wanderers. 
The walk starts from Bruton at 10am from the Higher Backway car parks BA10 0DY (free parking). The ramble is approx.10 miles with wonderful views of Glastonbury Tor, King Alfred’s Tower near Stourhead and the Bruton Dovecote. Please bring a picnic lunch. Corsham walkers can meet in the Co-op car park, Newlands Road at 8.45am to car share.
Sunday 20th August - A Countryside view of the City - Cotswold Voluntary Wardens (Avon Valley District)
Sunday 20th August - An Innformal walk - Long Distance Walking Association
Sunday 20th August - A leisurely walk from Malmesbury - North West Wilts Ramblers

Sunday 20th August - Chapmanslade and Cley Hill Round - West Wilts Ramblers
Wednesday 23rd August - Woolverton to BOA - Bath Rambling Club
Wednesday 23rd August - Corsham Strider Walk
Wednesday 23rd August - Sutton Veny and West Wiltshire Downs - West Wilts Ramblers
Thursday 24th August - Roundway Hill & Covert - Evening Walk - Long Distance Walking Association
Sunday 27th August - Imber - Bath Rambling Club
Sunday 27th August - The Deverils - Bath Rambling Club
Sunday 27th August - Haycombe Hill - West Wilts Ramblers
Monday 28th August - Villages local to Chippenham - North West Wilts Ramblers

Tuesday 29th August - Winsley, Dundas, Avoncliff - Bradford on Avon WAW
Wednesday 30th August - Corsham Strider Walk
Wednesday 30th August - West of Westwood - West Wilts Ramblers


SEPTEMBER
Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd September - Bradford on Avon Walking Festival
Sunday 3rd September -
Beyond the By - Long Distance Walking Association
Sunday 3rd September - Summer Breakfast Walk - West Wilts Ramblers
Tuesday 5th September - Tuesday Tramp - Cotswold Voluntary Wardens
Wednesday 6th September - Corsham Strider Walk
Wednesday 6th September - South of Westwood - West Wilts Ramblers
Friday 8th September - tba - St Bartholomew's Walking Group
Sunday 10th September - tba - Bradford on Avon WAW
Sunday 10th September - Westbury Zig-Zag - West Wilts Ramblers
Tuesday 12th September -
A Walk out of Marlborough - Evening Walk - Long Distance Walking Association
Wednesday 13th September - Corsham Strider Walk

Wednesday 13th September - Kennet & Avon Canal and River Avon - West Wilts Ramblers
Saturday 16th September - Interesting Places in Bristol - North West Wilts Ramblers
Sunday 17th September - Winsley -  Corsham Wanderers. 
The ramble is approx.6 miles and starts from the village hall in Winsley BL15 2LU at 10am.  The scenic route passes by the manor house in the Iford valley. Plenty of on-street parking available near the hall. Optional post-walk lunch in The Seven Stars PH nearby. Please do not park in the pub’s car park – thank you. Corsham walkers can meet in the Co-op car park, Newlands Road at 9.15am to car share.
Sunday 17th September - Central Cotswold Circuit - Long Distance Walking Association
Sunday 17th September - Wiltshire Wildlife Trust reserves near Wroughton - North West Wilts Ramblers
Sunday 17th September - Tisbury and Old Wardour Castle - West Wilts Ramblers
Wednesday 20th September - Corsham Strider Walk

Wednesday 20th September - Stourhead Terrace Walk - West Wilts Ramblers
Thursday 21st September -
A Path to a Rare Breed - Long Distance Walking Association
Sunday 24th September - 'Camelot' and Surrounds - West Wilts Ramblers
Sunday 24th September - Circuit of Bath in aid of Julian House
Tuesday 26th September - tba - Bradford on Avon WAW
Wednesday 27th September - Corsham Strider Walk

Wednesday 27th September - Around Sutton Veny - West Wilts Ramblers
Wednesday 27th September - Amble Ramble - Box - West Wilts Ramblers


The North and West of the Corsham Area fall within the Cotswold AONB and the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens offer an extensive programme of guided walks.  Some of their walks have been included above - for a full list see their website.

If there are other local walking groups you would like to see included in the newsletter please forward their details.

Walkers Are Welcome


The Walkers Are Welcome newsletter for July and August are attached with news from around the Walkers are Welcome network. The July newsletter has a very useful article about Cows in Fields with a Right of Way.

Hope to see you on a walk soon.

Kevin Wilson
Corsham Walkers Are Welcome
chair@corshamwalkingfestival.org.uk


          
                                 

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