Members of Mendip Ramblers have been busy making sure everything is in place for their Free Walking Festival in Cheddar over the August Bank Holiday weekend by checking out the routes.
This year the Ramblers are holding their festival in collaboration with Cheddar Walking which last year gained national Walkers Are Welcome accreditation for the village and whose members are delighted to be working on their first major event.
Armed with maps, pruners and gloves, the festival organisers have been out and about fine-tuning the guided walks that will be the draw for members and visitors who will be offered a feast of views and landscapes over three days, August 27th to August 29th.
On each morning, there will be three walks of various distances from which to choose and all will start from the Scout Hut at Cheddar First School. They will be led by an experienced rambler and accompanied by other volunteers to make sure walkers stay on track. Tea and cake will be on offer at the end of each walk. There will be a shorter walk each afternoon as well.
Mendip Ramblers walking group, which has just celebrated its 40th anniversary, now has more than 300 members and usually sees around 40 members walking each week. This year’s festival will be the 15th such event the group has arranged and the first with Cheddar Walking.
Festival organiser, Martyn Hart, said: “We hold our festivals in different venues across the area and we are really pleased to be in Cheddar this time and to be working with the new Cheddar Walking group. We are sure everyone who joins us for the weekend will be excited at the prospect of some superb walking in a spectacular setting.
“As ever we are grateful to our members and helpers who make this possible and we are looking forward to hopefully introducing the joys of rambling to new members through this festival weekend.
Huw Robson, chairman of Cheddar Walking, said: “It is a great thrill for us after less than a year of operating as a Walkers Are Welcome village to be helping to host a festival like this and to show off our fantastic walks to a new audience.”