Well – we did it!
The inaugural Evesham Walking Festival (2019) is now over and it is safe to say, it was a great success. We had 243 people join us for the Festival – some just for a couple of walks, others for 10 or more. They made up a total of 458 walkers over the course of the week. We were blessed with excellent weather – the icing on the cake.
Thank you to all those who walked with us during the 2019 Festival. We hope to see you back again next year.
We would also like to offer our sincere thanks to all the organisations and experts who helped make it a very special week.
We will be updating this page as we collate the photos and feedback, so do come back and have another peek soon.
The Festival Team
Details of press coverage of the Festival can be found on the club PRESS COVERAGE page.
Please share your thoughts with us on how we did with our first Evesham Walking Festival. We need feedback to make next year’s Festival even better. Just click here and it will take you to a contact form.
The Heart of England Forest bluebell event was sadly cancelled this year due to Covid-19 but the amazing bluebells are too good to miss, so here is a virtual walk through the wood. Whatever the weather, you can experience a virtual stroll through the beautiful bluebell wood from the comfort of your own home. (This part of The Heart of England Forest is not usually open for public access.)
How about this for a fun app to put on your phone? “Relive” tracks your walk, cycle or run by GPS. At key points on the way, you take photographs on your phone. At the end it gives you a fly-through of your route, including background scenery. The clever bit is that it also shows you your photographs at the point on the route at which you took them. You can send this record of your walk to your friends and really impress them! Have a look at their website and then you can download the app onto either android or Apple phones.
THESE ARE ACTUAL COMPLAINTS RECEIVED BY “THOMAS COOK VACATIONS” FROM DISSATISFIED CUSTOMERS:
- “On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don’t like spicy food.”
- “They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax”
- “We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish.”
- “We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price.”
- “The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room.”
- “We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow.”
- “It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ time — this should be banned.”
- “No-one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared.”
- “Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers.”
- “I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.”
- “The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guide book during the bus ride to the resort. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our holiday more fun.”
- “It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair.”
- “I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends’
three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller.”
- “The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the resort.’ We’re trainee hairdressers and we think they knew and made us wait longer for service.”
- “When we were in Spain, there were too many Spanish people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food was Spanish. No one told us that there would be so many foreigners.”
- “We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no air-conditioning.”
- “It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel.”
- “I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitoes.”
- “My fiancée and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a king bed. We now hold you responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked.”
BE AWARE … THEY WALK AMONG US and THEY VOTE!……
In these surreal times of empty streets, closed shops, quiet school playgrounds, what a joy to be cycling along and glimpsing normal life over the hedgerows – farmers tilling, harrowing, planting. If only – – –
We’ve been getting out for walks from our door and remarkably finding footpaths we haven’t discovered before. To explore further afield, we are enjoying regular cycling trips into the three counties accessible from home. Check out the Gotherington ‘resident’ we met the other day.
|Thank you to those members who kindly sponsored Jane’s half marathon, for St Richards Hospice Worcester. After a wobbly start (1 mile in fell over, blood everywhere) however, she completed the run successfully. To date Jane has raised just short of £2000. Thank you.|
With the glorious weather,we have been enjoying trying out all the different footpaths from our door! Big thanks to ERC who have certainly made it easier with their signage and footpath maintenance. So far we haven’t repeated a walk. We also did the Round Evesham Walk when a Tesco visit was needed! The route looks like it has been popular as the paths were all very well trodden. Luckily we only met a few other ‘exercisers’ and managed to maintain our social distancing! We admired the new boardwalk and the mother duck with her brood of 10.
Riddle 3 – Footsteps Riddle 4 – A Penny
3. The more you take, the more you leave behind. What am I? 4. What has a head, a tail, is brown, and has no legs?
If you are feeling confined to your home at the moment, have a look at the CPRE (Campaign for the Preservation of Rural England) website cpre.org.uk A listen to their sounds of tranquillity recorded in 2 English environments will relax and cheer you. They also have an excellent reading list of books analysing and celebrating the English countryside.
Answers to our riddles are Cyclone, Hailstones and Hurricane
Not a member’s Yaffle but we thought you might appreciate these kind words.
I just wanted to congratulate you on the Round Evesham Walk which was excellent. Clear brochure and map. Interesting information and excellent signage on the ground Well done!
Request for support. My wife Jane is raising funds for St Richard’s Hospice. If you can help, please have a look at the following link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jane-Francis5 Thank you Chris
If you’re not familiar with the website www.walkingenglishmen.com, then I recommend that you navigate your way there. It’s great for walks in an area you haven’t visited before but even on your home ground he may surprise you. Everything is really well explained and it’s all free!
1. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 2. David
Can you work out these types of weather? 1. Sounds like a solitary bike ride 2.Mick Jagger’s band revered? 3.A speedy walking stick?
As responsible ramblers we should abide by the government guidelines on exercise. Do not use your car to access walking areas; walk from home. Plan your routes carefully and avoid risk; we must avoid adding to the load on the emergency services or the possibility of hospitalisation. Stay safe.
Spinal Mobilisation – Check out the Police Rehabilitation center’s YouTube stretching exercises. Enjoy. Chris https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyMGqiTRzwo
Geoff & I have managed a few short walks from our front door. I’ve attached a couple of pictures to show that we are still enjoying the Spring blossom, along with a butterfly basking on the drying up mud and spring literally getting into the lambs, and alpacas keeping their social distance.
Keep safe & sane
1. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday?
2. David’s father has three sons : Snap, Crackle and _ ?
Lets all stay in touch in the weeks ahead. I hope you are all staying well and managing to get outside.
We were only able to join you for the last walk Broadway/Snowshill and am I pleased we did! From booking onto the walk, travel instructions – meeting place, safety advice/information etc all extremely well organised and presented. Thank you so much for the day we thoroughly enjoyed it, glorious weather being a bonus. I look forward to joining you next year and being better organised to attend a few more walks.
We had a brilliant time. Well organised, friendly and lots of interest. All done at a good pace. There are two things that might help: – 1. to make sure everyone is able to be part of the information being delivered. For example the poetry reading needed everyone to have their coffee break and then the reading. 2. Perhaps there would be space for shorter walks for those less able or less experienced as walkers. Many thanks, Lesley
Glad you enjoyed the Festival, Lesley, and thank you for your constructive comments. Both points noted for the future.
A well thought through series of interesting walks with committed and engaging guides in perfect weather. A very enjoyable few days.
Congratulations on a very successful first walking festival. The planning and attention to detail were 100% and were something you and your committee should be very proud of.
Unfortunately my other voluntary commitments meant that I was only able to join the Wednesday afternoon walk which I thoroughly enjoyed and made me wish I could do more.
It is a tiny detail but your talk on the orchard at Kemerton was of considerable interest to my friend and I and I cautiously suggest that a few more highlights such as this as the walk progresses would add to a memorable outing. Apart from that I would not change a thing!
Well done to you and your team.
Thanks for your feedback, Jock. We’ll certainly look at adding more highlights during the walks.
We thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the first Evesham walking festival. Booking was easy, via email and the details of the walks, including joining instructions and parking advice, were very clear. It was great that the walks were free to join. We were only able to attend the one walk due to work commitments, but the leader and back markers were very helpful, friendly and organised. Of course it helped that the weather was very nice too!!! We’ll definitely be joining you again next year (work commitments allowing).
Adele & Stewart
We took part in two walks ‘Round Evesham Walk’ with Battle of Evesham talk and ‘Wildlife, Woodland and Wetlands’ with Worcestershire Wildlife Trust talk. Both walks were excellent with knowledgeable leaders. We learnt a lot about the respective areas whilst at the same time enjoying the company of friendly walkers. Both walks very well organised and we saw parts of Evesham and Pershore we did not know were there! Also learnt a lot from both talks which made us want to investigate more.
Tim & Sadie
A well organised event that I hope you will repeat.
Some constructive feedback – please find a quiet place to do the introductory talks/walk instructions – doing it in the Pershore Bridges car park was not a good place with the volume of passing traffic. Please also nominate a speaker to talk about a subject and ask the rest of the group to remain quiet. It is one thing to share enthusiasms but at the Abbey it was disappointing that there were so many interruptions for the speaker.
Other than that a perfect day and a nice walk, thank you.
Thank you, Paula, for your feedback. We are aware that the leader of the walk / speaker at the Abbey was overshadowed by interruptions from third parties. We will take all your comments on board for future events.
Wonderful walk, well organised, great leader. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you.
Karen & Robert
Myself and 5 others from Worcester Male Voice Choir – who walk once a month as a group – participated in the Jubilee Walk, Fladbury. The walk was very well supported but the organisation of same was such that it all worked very well. We thoroughly enjoyed the route and the leaders did a very sound job. We look forward to the opportunity to join you again next year for another walk in an area we are not really familiar with.
Congratulations on a very successful festival. Always difficult to get a new venture off the ground but you should all be delighted at how well it went. The advertising was excellent and broadly based. It seemed to be everywhere I looked!! Sadly I could only go on one walk, Bredon Hill, which was very well organised and led. I can’t think of anything you should do differently just more of the same.
James Doherty MBE
I joined the butterfly walk on the first day. It was most enjoyable, at the right pace and the leader was considerate in allowing the slower walkers to catch up. The views were fabulous and walking in the meadows just perfect. We didn’t have information overload regarding the butterflies but sufficient to identify all those which we saw. The stop at the cider farm and the chance to sample was a lovely surprise. Will join next year without doubt.
As Secretary of Evesham Rambling Club and a member of the organising committee for the Evesham Walking Festival, I obviously had more than a passing interest in the success of our first Festival.
We weren’t sure what response there would be from local walkers and those from further afield, and despite a favourable long-range forecast, I certainly couldn’t have predicted that we would have such glorious weather.
The turnout was beyond our expectations and it was a pleasure to meet and get to know so many keen walkers. It was a week’s “staycation” walking holiday for me and I’d like to thank everyone who joined us on our walks.
Alan – Well done to Evesham Rambling Club, a fantastic event. Please pass on my thanks to your team of helpers and organisers.
I really enjoyed the walk on Saturday, beautiful countryside, warm and dry weather (mostly!) and some great people that I had not met before. And the poetry in the woods read by you and your wife was extremely appropriate as we walked through the forests planted by the late Felix Dennis. The stop at the pub at the end of the walk was highly appreciated, as was the food from the BBQ that you organised; just what was needed after a 7 mile walk! Then there was also some entertainment with Morris Men, and a father & daughter singing duet which was the cherry on top of the cake! Great fun, and I would strongly recommend the Evesham Walking Festival to anyone and everyone!
Worcestershire County Councillor for Littletons Division
We really enjoyed meeting your team of passionate local leaders, who did an amazing job in organising a varied programme of events for the whole week. Whilst personally we found the numbers on the walks rather more than we are used to, most of the locals who attended appeared to enjoy the experience. The weather was a bonus, the introductory talks interesting and informative, and the poetry readings very appropriate in the circumstances.
We thoroughly appreciate the time and effort involved from your dedicated and committed team of volunteers, which contributed to making the event such a success, and wish you all the very best going forward.
Barry & Sandra
As first-time attendees, we found the warm welcome and very interesting Members made a great morning. Linking Housman to this Festival walk is a brilliant idea and certainly the main attraction for non-members. In my ignorance, other than the article in The Vale, my knowledge of Housman was limited to the title ‘On Bredon Hill’ and the phrase ‘Blue remembered hills’. Upon return home I printed both, and fully appreciated the emotion therein, deserving of a quiet moment. I do hope that you may include a similar walk next year, and perhaps allow a little more time for the reading of these two wonderful pieces.