Winchcombe 'Cotswolds' Walking Festival kicks off in May

The historic town of Winchcombe in Gloucestershire is making a name for itself as the walking capital of the Cotswolds. In July 2009 the town became the first in the Cotswolds to be awarded Walkers are Welcome status, and now plans have been drawn up for Winchcombe's first walking festival.

The three-day event will take place from Friday 21 May to Sunday 23 May 2010. Every day there will be at least five walks to choose from, varying in length and difficulty from strenuous full day walks on the Cotswold Way to half-day walks and short, level health walks. There will also be evening social events e.g. dinner with a quiz, and a barn dance for those who still have the energy!

The organisers are going to great lengths to make sure the walks are special. There are experts lined up to talk to walkers about the rare butterflies and flowers, the archaeology, and the local steam railway. Two of the walks on the Friday will end up at historic Stanway House, where the Earl of Wemyss has agreed to give a private viewing of the highest gravity-fed fountain in the world.

Our experienced walk leaders are drawn from many organisations – Cotswold Way National Trail Officers, Cotswold AONB Voluntary Wardens, Ramblers, and Walking for Health. All the leaders know the local countryside very well.

Visit 4,000 year old Belas Knap long barrow, discover the Roman mosaic floor in the woods that brought Bill Bryson to Winchcombe, take in views of Sudeley Castle, burial place of Catherine Parr and wedding venue of Liz Hurley. Let experts lead you to the sites of the rare Duke of Burgundy butterfly, and to the habitats of several species of orchids, or walk 30 miles of the Cotswold Way National Trail.

Winchcombe has a great range of accommodation, pubs and restaurants, and attractions. To find out more and to book your place while there are still some available, visit Winchcombe’s new website which has been designed with walkers in mind –

You will be made very welcome – not just in May, but at any time!

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Notes for Editors:

The organisers are indebted to National Grid and Gloucestershire Market Towns Forum for providing funding to make this event possible and to Tewkesbury Borough Council for their support and advice.

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Sheila or Robert Talbot
01242 602325