Keynsham Walking Festival starts off on the right foot with successful debut

May 07 2016
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The first ever Keynsham Walking Festival has been hailed a success with more than 130 people joining the seven walks organised over the weekend of April 9 and 10.

The first ever Keynsham Walking Festival has been hailed a success with more than 130 people joining the seven walks organised over the weekend of April 9 and 10.

The event was hosted by the Keynsham Walkers Are Welcome group, with outings also organised by Saltford Walkers, Keynsham Methodist Ramblers and Somerdale Ramblers.

Two short themed walks proved popular, with Andrew Wells, David Sage and members of the Avon Wildlife Trust leading a Photography and Nature-themed walk, while Richard Dyson and members of Keynsham and Saltford Local History Society led the way on a six-mile history walk, which included a stop for cream teas at Queen Charlton.

The weekend’s walks covered a large part of the area and villages around Keynsham, with the longest walk comprising an eight-mile hike to Burnett and Compton Dando. A social evening also brought walkers together at Scout HQ in Ashton Way, where Carol Thompson gave a talk accompanied by pictures on walking the Great Wall of China and members of the Walkers are Welcome group displayed a montage of photos taken on walks throughout the year.

The whole festival culminated in a family event at the Memorial Park, attended by more than 200 people, who took part in a treasure hunt to find animals scattered around the park, as well as enjoying entertainment from compere Jimmy Mac and songs from the Frozen princesses.

Organisers say plans are already well under way for the next Keynsham Walking Festival and they would like to thank: Andrew Wells; Carol Thomson; David Sage and the members of the Avon Wildlife Trust; Helen Gilroy and the Saltford Walkers; Jeff Sawyer and the Keynsham Methodist Ramblers; Keynsham Town Council staff; Les Cumner and the Somerdale Ramblers; Morecraft Drury Ltd; Richard Dyson and the members of the Saltford and Keynsham Local History Society; Tesco; Waitrose.