After all the intense and feverish preparations that went into the organisation of our keenly anticipated Spring Walks Festival, Mole Valley Ramblers has good reason to celebrate.
Once again, the walks were delivered as planned by the dedicated team tasked with arranging them and enjoyed by all who joined in the fun. MVR can feel justifiably proud of its achievements, for example:-
- a total of 230 walkers got involved
- an average of 53 walkers each day
- 74 people new to rambling participated
- 55 ramblers from other groups joined us
- 5 people walked over 100 miles
- 8 dogs also took part
Our varied 10 day programme included 35 walks, carefully chosen to suit all abilities. It gave people the perfect opportunity to find something appropriate to meet their individual needs and requirements, from a gentle stroll with a little light refreshment to a much more extreme and adventurous hike. We managed to provide a fabulous itinerary with an interesting range of choices and an exciting array of possible combinations.
The walks in collaboration with The Surrey Hills Society to mark the 40th anniversary of The North Downs Way were particularly well attended, as were those involving Mole Valley District Council Walk for Health: the Dorking History Tour and the Deepdene Trail.
There were numerous photographs taken during the walks and these can be seen in the Festival album here.
Everyone had their own unique reasons for participating in the event. For some, it was the challenge of walking over a 100 miles in 10 days, for others the goal of improving their level of fitness, but for the majority it was purely the social aspect of walking with a friendly, welcoming and, let’s be honest, inspiring group of people. What everyone shared was their common passion for exploring the beautiful countryside that is literally on our doorstep and also a desire to encourage other people to become involved in this simple, healthy and uplifting pursuit. This really is something that should be applauded!
The Mole Valley Ramblers Spring Walks Festival was altogether a great success, thanks to those involved, not just the organisers but to everybody who participated giving their free time, energy and enthusiasm to create a thoroughly happy and enjoyable experience.
A big thank you to all of them.