After several months of preparation, and with the generous support of our volunteer helpers and walk leaders, the Spring Walk Festival was a great success, running for 9 days from 29 April until 7 May.
Overall, the weather was kind to us and the varied programme of walks was well-supported by 177 participants, who walked a total of almost 2,500 miles. Walkers included 92 of our own members plus 11 from Mole Valley Walk for Health, 35 non-Ramblers and 39 members of other Ramblers groups. Of particular note were Juye and Andy Willett from Staines Ramblers, who each walked 74 miles on Festival walks; our own Paula Hughes and Brian Postance walked 72 miles and 69 miles respectively. All very impressive.
Highlights of the Festival included a Family Fun Day on the Bank Holiday Monday, a Mole Valley by Moonlight walk and the Leith Hill Summit finale on Sunday, 7 May. In spite of rather wet conditions, 5 families enjoyed the Family Fun Day, organised by Jacqui Hiscocks and her team. On 6 May, and fortified by a beverage at the Stepping Stones pub, 26 “Moonlighters” braved the ascent of Box Hill in the failing light; all managing to return safely a few enjoyable hours later.
Around 80 of our members attended the Leith Hill Summit, 43 of whom arrived on foot to enjoy some refreshment after being led by Jenny Whiting from the Friday Street car park. We were honoured to be joined by the MVDC Chairman, David Mir, who addressed the assembled company before cutting the excellent Festival cake, kindly supplied by Janis Parker. Festival Coordinator, Henri de Bossart, presented a number of awards and thanked everyone who had participated and helped to make the Festival such a success.
A selection of photos taken during the Festival has been placed in an album on the Photos page of our website and can be viewed here.
We would welcome any feedback to help us in reviewing the event and considering whether or not we wish to plan for another in 2018. Please email either Henri or Joan with your comments before 5 June.