Our annual winter walking festival, from 19 December 2015 - 3 January 2016, saw thousands of people joining over 1,900 group walks covering a staggering 13,897 miles across Britain. Here’s a taster of what happened.
Herts Weekend Walkers welcomed 50 people on this walk through the wintery woodlands of Sherrards Park. The group celebrated their last walk of 2015 by providing mulled wine and mince pies at a local cricket club afterwards. There are more photos on the group’s Facebook page.
Walkers enjoyed a coastal ramble from Llantwit Major to St Donat’s Castle with Vale of Glamorgan Ramblers. To walk a similar route, take a look at our Ramblers Route: Llantwit Major Coastal Walk.
Walkers made the most of the winter sun on a New Year’s Eve Ramble in the beautiful Malvern Hills. Worcester Ramblers led 13 walks during the festival, attended by 100 people. See their website for more photos.
The walk leader of Daventry Ramblers, Thea Young said: “Poor weather did not deter nineteen Ramblers from meeting up at Eydon for the first walk of the year…yes, plenty of mud and waterlogged ground but at least heavy rain held off and it wasn't too cold.“ More photos can be found on the Facebook page.
Chair of Thame and Wheatley Ramblers, Mike Smith, led 15 walkers on this 10 mile walk, starting from Cowley in Oxford. The group came across flowering daffodils at Sandford Lock!
Barry Pottle from Glasgow Ramblers led this four mile walk from Cumbernauld Village through the varied woodlands of Seafar Woods. He wrote up the walk on the group’s website.
On 2 January, Len from Croydon Ramblers celebrated his 80th birthday in style - by leading 20 people from East Surrey Walkers on an 11 mile walk.
Our free Festival of Winter Walks is open to everyone and continues to be hugely popular. We’re already looking forward to next year’s festival!