Welcome to the information page for the Mole Valley Ramblers Spring Walks Festival 2018. Last year we ran a Spring Walks Festival that proved a great success, culminating with a gathering on Leith Hill. You can see some of last year's photos here. Thanks to the willingness of our volunteers, we are planning to build on that success with another such Festival this year. We have chosen a time when the bluebells and other woodland flowers, and the fresh new leaves of the beech trees are at their finest, in late April, early May. We had over 100 people out walking last year, and we hope to build further on that record. Many of them commented on the fun of walking every day, in beautiful countryside, with friendly company, so why not make this week your stay at home spring holiday? There is no need to be a pre-existing member of the Ramblers, nor a resident of Mole Valley. All are welcome. Our aim for the Festival is to promote the splendid Surrey countryside, encourage exercise for healthy living, and give the opportunity for all ages to take up rambling with a group.
We have around 30 walks planned over ten days from 28 April, including a Family Treasure Hunt on the May Day Bank Holiday, and a gathering at Wotton Village Hall on the concluding afternoon, 7 May. We are offering a range of walk lengths, from 3 to 15 miles, including some in the evening, and hope there will be something to suit all tastes. You might even enjoy the challenge of walking on all ten days for a total of over 100 miles! There will also be themed walks, including a nature walk, history walks, an art walk and walks including tea shops and pubs to refresh yourselves at.
The North Downs Way, which runs for 125 miles from Farnham to Dover, will be celebrating its 40th anniversary as a National Trail this year. To mark this occasion we shall be walking sections of it during our Festival. 2018 is also the 60th anniversary of the Surrey Hills being designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and many of our Festival walks will pass through this special area.
We hope to see both existing Ramblers members, and newcomers who may not yet have experienced the pleasures of led group walks. We also hope that those who have been walking with Mole Valley Walk for Health may feel able to venture on to slightly longer walks and we plan to run some of the Festival walks in conjunction with the Walk for Health team.
Throughout the Festival we will be offering a variety of walks to suit different levels of fitness; the full programme will be published nearer the time. For those new to walking it may be comforting to know that the walks will all be led by local volunteers, who will have planned the route and will do their best to ensure it is an enjoyable experience for all. You can be sure you‘ll find new people to chat to as you walk, and you will be surprised how easily the miles go by.
The more we can foster and encourage people to enjoy sociable walking in the beautiful countryside of Mole Valley and the Surrey Hills the better. Please note the Festival dates in your diary and check back here in March or April for further details.