Winchcombe Cotswolds Walking Festival 2016

Details for the 2017 Walking Festival are nearing completion and

will be published at the end of January. Not long to wait now!

Looking back on last year’s Walking Festival. 


Passing through Buckland

After eight months of planning the 2016 walking festival was over in the blink of an eye. We loved seeing everybody, old and new faces who all helped create a buzz and made it a very enjoyable festival.

Friday’s walks included a section of the Holst Way culminating in a nice cup of tea at the end of the walk. Then there was the group of ‘pilgrims’ on their walk to visit relics from Hailes Abbey. Others discovered new long distance trails, found out more about Winchcombe’s famous potter, an evening stroll followed by a lovely dinner and light hearted quiz.



An ice cream stop at Guiting Power

Saturday’s lesson was do not believe the weather forecast. Despite ominous gloom most of the day remained dry. We had people queuing at 8am to start the Winchcombe Challenge of twenty-one miles. A popular walk was to a pub for lunch! We had great reviews of the pub’s hospitality and hope to repeat the idea next year.  The lure of a steam train to Cheltenham racecourse followed by a return walk via the old racecourse attracted a lot of interest. The evening consisted of an illustrated talk with some really great pictures of wildlife taken with an ordinary camera with a 200mm lens. One picture of a deer in a wheat field found its way into a BBC Countryfile calendar. 


Delight at finding a geo-cache


Sunday was an early 5am start! We introduced a ‘Dawn Chorus’ walk having found walk leaders prepared to rise early to hear the birdsong and they could not have had a better morning. A large full moon filled the sky. Later walks visited the Roman villa set in the woods, a close up of Toddington Manor and the repair work undertaken. Walkers on the trail of Cotswold characters had a surprise tour of a private house by a kind lady in Broadway whilst others were receiving tips on getting the most from their camera. Younger walkers were kept amused on a geo-caching walk.

Finally, thank you for the donations for the tea and coffee on offer, you raised over £70 and the WI is donating this to the Winchcombe Day Centre.

2017 Winchcombe Cotswolds Walking Festival  May 19-21

Thank you for all the cards, emails and messages. We really appreciate the comments arriving.

“Please pass on many thanks for another great Walking Festival! This is the third one I have taken part in: they just get better! “

“I went to Water Hatch and Spoonley, it was all divine.  Everyone chatting on the walk spoke about other events – all thoroughly enjoyed”.

“Huge ‘Thank You’ for a great walk on Sunday to Toddington Manor.  Well organised, well led and well researched.  It was our first ever Winchcombe Walking Festival and we will be back for more”. 

“I just wanted to say a big Thankyou to you and all the other organisers and leaders for a brilliant festival”. 

“I had never walked in a festival before and it was excellent in every respect. I look forward to booking again next year”.

“Thank you so much for all your hard work in preparing and organising another amazing festival”.

“Absolutely fantastic, great walks, wonderful historical information and I’ve sore legs to prove I got my monies worth!” 

 Please click below to see a montage of the 2016 Walking Festival.