Several months of hard work have come to a close as the Monmouthshire Walking Festival completed its mammoth ten day festival. Thirty walks were offered between October 21st and 31st 2011 covering the breadth of the county (and a few overspills into Old Monmouthshire!).
“The response from walkers was exceptional”, reported Chairperson Clare Scutts. “With half term, Rugby World Cup and not the kindest weather conditions we were not sure how visitors would respond. In the end 93% of all tickets were sold – with ironically the most challenging walks being the best sellers!”
The Walking Festival had collaborated with many local groups – Usk and Abergavenny Astronomical Society, Shirenewton, Chepstow, Monmouth and Abergavenny Historical Societies and Usk Conservation Group to put together the programme. Whilest Lottery Funding helped them on their way, private sponsors Trekitt and St Pierre gave the Festival a huge boost, not to mention the pubs and restaurants who ensured that each walk had its own sponsor. The Festival is in a strong position to go forward next year and we are confident that there is the demand to make a second event possible.
We are much indebted to our walk leaders who often helped on several walks and without whom clearly the Festival could not take place.
The Walking Festival AGM will be held at The Babington Centre, Trellech on Thursday December 8th at 7.30pm
10th November 2011