Festival of Winter Walks 2016 round-up

This year’s Festival of Winter Walks saw Ramblers groups run over two thousand group walks – that’s over 80 Ramblers group walks every day!

We’d like to say a great big thank you to all the Ramblers volunteers (and of course all the walkers!) for making this all happen.

Keep reading for some highlights from the festival.

Kingston Ramblers went one step further for the Festival and organised a “Fire of London” themed walk. They took a historical tour of the city from Waterloo station via The Monument and ended at the Museum of London. They also took in the city-wide views from the top of One New Change. On this walk alone there were 34 walkers, including four non-members.


Pang Valley Ramblers held four festive walks during the Festival of Winter Walks, and enjoyed some crisp December sunshine in their walks around the River Pang area in Berkshire. Their walks really showcased the beauty of their local area – and it’s great to see one walker in particular in the photo above getting in to the Christmas spirit!


Godalming & Haslemere Ramblers surely win the prize for most aptly named Walk Leader – their Christmas Day walk on Hankley Common was led by none other than Mr Christmas himself! They held a very successful Festival of Winter Walks programme, organising 14 walks with a total of 385 walkers – including some new members!

Liverpool Ramblers also ran fifteen walks as part of the festival, all of which were a great success. Their largest party consisted of 39 walkers, with ages ranging from 5 to over 70. Overall during the festival they estimate that around 320 people walked over 2000 miles!

Thank you to everyone who helped showcase the Ramblers and enabled more people to get on their feet and explore Britain’s wintry landscapes.