Festival 2023

A selection of photographs and testimonials 


Click on the image below to view some memories from our 2023 festival

What you said about the 2023 festival

I was able to join in on 2 walks on day 1 of the rambling festival and had a fantastic day! Taking the steam train from Broadway to Winchcombe was such a treat followed by a fabulous 10 mile walk back! After a short break I then joined the 6-mile evening walk up Bredon Hill culminating with a delicious meal at the Queens Head in Elmley Castle. What a day! All the walk guides were charming and pleasant; their knowledgeable and their expertise definitely enriching the whole experience. Unfortunately, due to other commitments, I was not able to join in on any further walks planned over the walking festival. However, I have decided to join the Evesham Rambling club and hopefully take part in some local walking and am very much looking forward to the festival next year! Thank you all!  Maria

“I especially enjoyed your walk and the Bredon Hill evening walk and it was lovely to see Geoff and Pat again. The Queen Elizabeth is a great asset and it is good to be able to support such local community ventures. As usual, there was a good range of walks, so there is something for everyone. The festival 2024 dates are on my calendar for next year. Many thanks to you, the committee, all walk leaders and helpers and the rambling club for all your hard work and organisation”. Doreen

“Dear Paul and Hazel

Just wanted to say a big thank you for all your efforts on the walk last week – loved it, was lots of fun and very relaxing and what a lovely group of people.  Hoping to meet up with Katherine in future at another walking festival.  Hopefully another walk at the festival next year. Wishing you all the best especially for your Lands’ End to John O Groats cycle”. Christine


This was the first time I had heard about or taken part in the festival but it won’t be my last. The walk was lovely raking in parts of the countryside that was new to me even though I have lived in the area for nearly 30 years. The brief talk was informative and the route well plans. Leaders and walkers were all friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you to all the organisers for their time and efforts”. Angela

“Good afternoon

Thank you for your email and for allowing us to join in with the festival. We went on two walks, round Elmley castle on Wednesday evening which was a beautiful walk with fabulous views and a lovely pub at the end. We appreciated the location for easy parking as well. People were very friendly.

The second was the ‘figure of eight’ 13 mile walk from Guiting Power; again, we enjoyed the walk and people were friendly. It was nice to picnic on the village green even if it was a bit unusual for us to return to the start at that stage of a 13 mile walk but we understand the reasons for doing so as not all walkers are experienced and it gave others an opportunity to stop if they needed. Pricing was very fair, no complaints. We look forward to next year and joining you again”.

Andy and Jayne Gwillam

“Good morning,

This was our first year of joining one of your organised walks and we both enjoyed it thoroughly. We took part in the one which began at Daylesford Organic Farm with Pauline as the lead. We had never walked around this area before so it was good to have a few stops, with Pauline giving us a brief history (along with some poetry) of the areas we were walking through. We will certainly be joining you next year”! Mel & Chris Wilson


I did 3 walks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and enjoyed them all. I particularly enjoyed the walk from Adlestrop, as there were fewer people”. Louise

“Myself and my daughter went on the walk from Blockley on 1st July. It was excellent; well led, lovely walk, with interesting comments from the leader and as a bonus, a field with horses and their foals to coo over, and a little further on, a herd of deer in the distance and two stags with impressive antlers near enough to see clearly. Friendly people to talk to”. Alice Rose

“I was given a link and information about the festival from a friend who had attended the 2022 festival. The web site was easy to understand and I booked on a number of the walks. The information on the walks and the booking process was easy to understand and follow. I would also like to add that the response to any queries or questions are responded to very quickly and answered any concerns. The work time and effort that must have gone in to put on so many enjoyable walks is simply fantastic and you are made to feel very welcome. Thank you to all the walk leaders and those that helped in any way, the walks I went on were enjoyable and informative. It was a lovely end with the BBQ in nice surroundings and good company. I will be back in 2024”! Mike Stevens

“Thank you for a lovely walk to Broadway Tower. Post two bouts of covid I am still struggling with stamina so found the inclines a challenge. I appreciated you walking with me and loved the visit to Abbots Grange and the church. The history notes were very interesting. Hopefully I can join you again”. Barbara Hughes

“Hello all,

Just to say, my friends and I enjoyed the two walks we took part in very much, we found them very interesting and as well as the wonderful views it was great to talk to people we hadn’t met before. I would have joined more if I had been free and also if dogs were allowed, however I understand that this isn’t possible. Both walks we joined were very well organised and friendly, thank you for patience when we arrived a little late after losing our way to the start point on Sunday! The Evesham Walking Festival leaflet was very well set out and informative also the website, I really don’t see how you could do any better. Congratulations and thank you, Kind Regards”. Marian

“The walk was a delight to behold and the ranger’s knowledge was very useful of the habitat and the icing on the cake was the barbecue at Lenchwick overlooking the majestic Malvern hills and the Vale of Evesham. Truly memorable”! William

“I just did the joint walk with Evesham Festival of Words on Thursday 29th (Alderton and Dumbleton). A stunning walk, beautiful and easy route. Very well organised event. Great to see such good numbers (probably the result of a joint event with double the promotion). Talk that I did with another person from EFoW went down really well, generated lots of interest. And lovely to have lunch in the pub afterwards. Couldn’t have been better. Have already spoken to Mike and Val about another similar event next year (i.e., combining some literary element with the walk). They are keen so hope we can accommodate”. Sue Ablett

“Good afternoon 

I entered for the 13 mile walk on Saturday 1st July. The walk was well thought out. It encompassed different types of terrain making it very interesting. It was well planned and organised and took in many aspects of historical interest as well as being scenically beautiful and ended in a get together with coffee. Couldn’t have been better. 

I injured my hip about three quarters of the way along. I struggled on but the fact I was weak on my left side made me vulnerable and this resulted in me falling off the footpath and down a bank. We agreed that I couldn’t continue and so Carl having arranged that I be escorted back to the road by Michael and my brother-in-law, led the rest of the party onwards. Within a short period of time however Carl collected me, Michael and my brother-in-law from the road side and took us to the coffee meeting place. 

I can’t speak highly enough of the organisation and planning that went into the event and the reaction to having to deal with a casualty was outstanding. My personal thanks to Carl for his care and attention to the situation with which he was presented. And to Michael who volunteered to assist my recovery”. James Doherty MBE

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