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Festival 2018


I am delighted to confirm that bookings are now open for Festival 2018 which runs over the weekend of 8 - 10 June 2018.  The full detail of the Festival programme is available on the Corsham Walking Festival website and this is the easiest way to book tickets for the walks and the Saturday evening Quiz and Buffet.  Alternatively you can book via The Pound Arts Centre (Tel 01249 701628) during normal box office hours.

All methods of booking will close at 1400 the day before the relevant walk to allow time for lists of walkers to be printed for the following day.  Bookings for the Quiz and Buffet Supper will close a week beforehand (ie 2 June 2018) so that we can confirm numbers for the catering - please let us know of any dietary requirements when you book.
 
Payment can be made by cash, cheque or most major credit/debit cards.  In line with other booking systems, there is no longer a charge for using a credit/debit card, however a booking fee of £1.00 will be added to the total ticket value in a single transaction - regardless of the method of payment.

A reminder that although a number of walks are free, places on them still need to be booked in the normal way.  For the Children's Treasure Hunt on Saturday, places only need to be booked for the participating children - not for the accompanying adult.

Once again we will not be issuing tickets for the walks; confirmation of payment for the relevant walk will be provided during the booking process for your records - but does not need to be shown for walk registration.  Registration at the start of the walk will be based on the lists provided from the booking system. 

With 27 walks in our walking programme this year, there are are more places available in Festival 2018 than ever before.  However if 2017 was anything to go by, you should not delay booking your preferred walk; 70% of all ticket sales were made in the first five weeks and most of the walks were sold out before the Festival weekend.  Look out for sales updates on the website and in next months newsletter.

Friends of Corsham Walking Festival should have received a separate email today seeking volunteers to man the Festival HQ.  If you are not already a Friend and would like to volunteer, please update your subscription details and/or get in touch.
 

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.

A number of national and local groups walk regularly in Corsham and the surrounding area and welcome new walkers.  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.  More information - including contact details - can be found on the Corsham Walking Festival website or downloaded here.  Thank you to the reader who pointed out that I have been using the incorrect title for the Long Distance Walkers Association for some time! 
 
APRIL
Wednesday 4th April - Park and Road Walk - Bath Rambling Club
Wednesday 4th April - Corsham Strider Walk - Walking for Health
Wednesday 4th April - A South Cotswold Walk - West Wilts Ramblers
Wednesday 4th April - Amble Ramble - Brown's Folly - West Wilts Ramblers
Saturday 7th April - Above and Below the Escarpment - Cotswold Voluntary Wardens (Avon Valley District)
Sunday 8th April - Tintern - Bath Rambling Club
Sunday 8th April - Cotswold Way - Bath Rambling Club
Sunday 8th April - Haugh, Inwoods, Gt Ashley - Bradford on Avon WAW
Sunday 8th April -
Kennet & Avon Canal - Long Distance Walkers Association
Sunday 8th April - A Sunday Stroll from Catcombe - North West Wilts Ramblers
Sunday 8th April - Keevil, Steeple Ashton & Clanger Wood - West Wilts Ramblers
Sunday 8th April - Mining Country - West Wilts Ramblers
Wednesday 11th April - Iford - Bath Rambling Club
Wednesday 11th April - Corsham Strider Walk - Walking for Health
Wednesday 11th April - Three Little Hills near Devizes - West Wilts Ramblers
Wednesday 11th April - Amble Ramble - Biddestone - West Wilts Ramblers
Friday 13th April - Lower Westwood - St Bartholomew's Walking Group
Sunday 15th April - Wellow - Corsham Wanderers
Sunday 15th April - Little Solsbury Hill to Bath Circular - Cotswold Voluntary Wardens (Avon Valley District)
Sunday 15th April -
Without this it would all come down - Long Distance Walkers Association
Sunday 15th April - Downland from Hackpen Hill - North West Wilts Ramblers
Wednesday 18th April - Radstock - Bath Rambling Club
Wednesday 18th April - Corsham Strider Walk - Walking for Health
Wednesday 18th April - Downland Walk from Dinton Park - West Wilts Ramblers
Wednesday 18th April - Amble Ramble - Dilton Marsh - West Wilts Ramblers
Thursday 19th April -
Two in One - Long Distance Walkers Association
Friday 20th April - Four Hamlets and a Canal - Cotswold Voluntary Wardens (Avon Valley District)
Sunday 22nd April - Faulkland - Bath Rambling Club
Sunday 22nd April - On the Edge - Cotswold Voluntary Wardens (Avon Valley District)
Sunday 22nd April -
Pewsey Downsaround - Long Distance Walkers Association
Sunday 22nd April - A Sunday Stroll from Shipton Moyne - North West Wilts Ramblers
Sunday 22nd April - Twinhoe & Stoney Littleton - West Wilts Ramblers
Tuesday 24th April - Avoncliff, Westwood, Iford, Westwood, Avoncliff - Bradford on Avon WAW
Wednesday 25th April - Corsham Strider Walk - Walking for Health
Wednesday 25th April - Tytherington & Corton Access Land - West Wilts Ramblers
Saturday 28th April - Dyrham: Park and Countryside (Battlefield) - Cotswold Voluntary Wardens (Avon Valley District)
Sunday 29th April - Nailsworth - Bath Rambling Club
Sunday 29th April - Rodney Stoke - Bath Rambling Club
Sunday 29th April -
Cotswold Way - Walk 2 - Long Distance Walkers Association
Sunday 29th April - Seend and the Kennet and Avon Canal - North West Wilts Ramblers
Sunday 29th April - 'Camelot' & Surrounds - West Wilts Ramblers


MAY
Tuesday 1st May - Tuesday Tramp - Cotswold Voluntary Wardens (Avon Valley District)
Wednesday 2nd May - Stanton Wick - Bath Rambling Club
Wednesday 2nd May - Corsham Strider Walk - Walking for Health
Wednesday 2nd May - Hackpen High - West Wilts Ramblers
Wednesday 2nd May - Amble Ramble - Westwood Church to Wingfield - West Wilts Ramblers
Sunday 6th May - South Somerset - Bath Rambling Club
Sunday 6th May - Calne - Bath Rambling Club
Sunday 6th May - Bluebell Walk - Lockeridge - Corsham Wanderers
Sunday 6th May -
A Mere Walk - Long Distance Walkers Association
Sunday 6th May - A Sunday Stroll in West Woods Marlborough - North West Wilts Ramblers
Sunday 6th May - Bradford on Avon & Limpley Stoke Valley - West Wilts Ramblers
Wednesday 9th May - Weston Super Mare - Bath Rambling Club
Wednesday 9th May - Corsham Strider Walk - Walking for Health
Wednesday 9th May - Nunney River Walk - West Wilts Ramblers
Friday 11th May - tba - St Bartholomew's Walking Group
Saturday 12th May - Cold Ashton to St Catherines - Cotswold Voluntary Wardens (Avon Valley District)

Sunday 13th May - Nunney - Bath Rambling Club
Sunday 13th May - Avebury - Bath Rambling Club
Sunday 13th May - All day walk - Bradford on Avon WAW
Sunday 13th May - A River and a Canal from Kemble - North West Wilts Ramblers
Sunday 13th May - Around Stourhead - West Wilts Ramblers
Wednesday 16th May - Bathampton to BoA - Bath Rambling Club
Wednesday 16th May -
Cricklade & Thames Path Walk - Evening Event - Long Distance Walkers Association
Wednesday 16th May - Corsham Strider Walk - Walking for Health
Wednesday 16th May - Northern Edge of Salisbury Plain - West Wilts Ramblers
Wednesday 16th May - Amesbury, Stonehenge & Bulford - West Wilts Ramblers
Thursday 17th May -
Ride a White Horse - Long Distance Walkers Association
Friday 18th May - Dryham: Park and Countryside (Doynton) - Cotswold Voluntary Wardens (Avon Valley District)

Sunday 20th May - Coaley Peak/Cam Long Down - Bath Rambling Club
Sunday 20th May - From a Low to a High - Cotswold Voluntary Wardens (Avon Valley District)

Sunday 20th May - Chips n Ham - Long Distance Walkers Association
Sunday 20th May - A Sunday Stroll at Echo Lodge Meadows - North West Wilts Ramblers
Sunday 20th May - Chew Valley - West Wilts Ramblers
Wednesday 23rd May - Corsham Strider Walk - Walking for Health
Wednesday 23rd May - Atworth, Cottles & Neston - West Wilts Ramblers
Saturday 26th May - Either side of the By-Brook - Cotswold Voluntary Wardens (Avon Valley District)

Sunday 27th May - Tetbury area - Bath Rambling Club
Sunday 27th May - Bowood - Bath Rambling Club
Sunday 27th May - Sherston to Willesley and Westonbirt - North West Wilts Ramblers
Sunday 27th May - Devizes, Poulshot, Potterne & Drew's Pond - West Wilts Ramblers
Tuesday 29th May - tba - Bradford on Avon WAW
Tuesday 29th May - Marshfield - Town and Valleys - Cotswold Voluntary Wardens (Avon Valley District)

Wednesday 30th May - tba - Bath Rambling Club
Wednesday 30th May - Corsham Strider Walk - Walking for Health
Wednesday 30th May - The Deverills & Brimsdown Hill - 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 update for March focuses on organisational issues within the Walkers are Welcome network.  There is however a thought provoking article on accessibility.  As the author points out "Did you know that more than one in six people in England and Wales have an ‘activity limiting’ health problem or disability?"  We are perhaps more fortunate than others towns in having a relatively high proportion of level paths - even if recent weather conditions means they are more suited to 4WD vehicles than wheelchairs!  On a more positive note, once again this year there will be a fully accessible walk within the Festival programme (SUN9 - Historic Corsham) and we would be open to suggestions on including more next year!

 

Hope to see you on a walk in the Corsham area soon.

Kevin Wilson
Corsham Walking Festival
chair@corshamwalkingfestival.org.uk


          
                                 

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