Keynsham Walking Festival returns for its fourth outing in April

March 29 2019
Keynsham Walking Festival returns for its fourth outing in April

For the fourth year running Keynsham is hosting a celebration of walking, with events and activities on offer for people of all ages and abilities.

Keynsham Walkers are Welcome have organised a three-day walking festival over the weekend of April 26 to April 28, featuring everything from a stroll around the town centre to two nine-mile hikes.

Seven guided walks will be taking place during the festival, with opportunities to explore local history with Keynsham and Saltford History Society and to enjoy the countryside beyond the town.

As well as stretching their legs, the festival programme will also offer people the chance to give their brains a workout with a quiz night on Saturday, April 27, at St Dunstan’s Church Hall from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £4 to include a glass of wine and Cheddar ploughman’s and there will be a raffle.

On the Sunday, the morning’s three walks will all end back at the Memorial Park where the festival will culminate in a picnic from 1.30pm and children’s activities from 2pm at the Bandstand. Youngsters are invited to join adventure play, balloon modelling and face painting, which will coincide with the Marshfield Brass Band concert on the Bandstand at 3pm.

Tickets and full details are all available online at tiny.cc/walkingfestival or visit Keynsham Town Council’s offices at 15-17 Temple Street or contact the office on 0117 986 8683. Tickets will also be available from walk leaders on the day.

Walks programme

  • Walk 1 – Friday, April 26

A History of Keynsham Town Centre with Keynsham and Saltford Local History Society. Led by Dave Johnson. Starting from St John’s Church. Hilly in places.

Cost FREE   Distance 1.5 miles

Start 6.30pm   Difficulty 2

  • Walk 2 – Saturday, April 27

Short, easy walk to Chewton Keynsham alongside the River Chew. Led by Derek Butler. Start at the Memorial Park Café. Flat and suitable for beginners.

Cost £2 or £3 on the day

Distance 2 miles

Start 9.30am   Difficulty 1

  • Walk 3 – Saturday, April 27

Medium walk to Hanham and Hanham Court along the River Avon. Leader to be confirmed. Starting at the Memorial Park Café. Hilly in places.

Cost £4 or £5 on the day

Distance 5 miles

Start 10am   Difficulty 3

  • Walk 4 – Saturday, April 27

Long walk to Chewton Keynsham, Burnett and Tucking Mill with rest stop at the Compton Inn. Led by Dawn Drury. Starting at the Memorial Park Café. Hilly in places.

Cost £4 or £5 on the day

Distance 9 miles

Start 10.30am   Difficulty 4

  • Walk 5 – Sunday, April 28

Long walk to Woollard, Lords Wood, Marksbury Vale with rest stop at the Compton Inn. Led by Dawn Drury. Starting at Memorial Park Café. Hilly in places.

Cost £4 or £5 on the day

Distance 9 miles

Start 9am   Difficulty 4

  • Walk 6 – Sunday, April 28

History walk in Chewton Keynsham, Burnett and Compton Dando. Led by Richard Dyson. Starting at Memorial Park Café. Hilly in places.

Cost £4 or £5 on the day

Distance 7 miles

Start 9.30am   Difficulty 3

  • Walk 7 – Sunday, April 28

Short walk around Willsbridge Mill. Led by Mike Stone. Gently sloping.

Cost £2 or £3 on the day

Distance 3 miles

Start 11.30pm   Difficulty 2