Spring Walks Festival
28 April - 7 May 2018
Welcome to the information page for the Mole Valley Ramblers Spring Walks Festival. This is the second year of our Festival, which builds on the success and fun so many people had in walking with us last spring. We have a great programme of walks on offer, open to everyone, of all ages and experience of walking. What better way to get to know the delights of the Surrey countryside than by joining a walk, led by an experienced leader, with a friendly group. We also hope that those who have been walking with Mole Valley Walk for Health may feel able to venture on to slightly longer walks and we plan to run some of the Festival walks in conjunction with the Walk for Health team.
The programme of walks has been devised by Mole Valley Ramblers to showcase the best of what Mole Valley and the Surrey Hills have to offer. There are walks that range in length from 3 to 15 miles, with a choice of 35 walks on offer over ten days. Full details of all these walks, with starting points and leaders’ phone numbers are available from here. You will see the walks have been graded into three levels of difficulty, to help you in gauging which walks would best suit you. If in any doubt, it is best to start with Leisurely walks and build up to the longer or more strenuous walks later.
In Surrey we are fortunate to have over two thousand miles of footpaths and bridlepaths, along with the open access areas of the North Downs and Greensand Hills, with their stunning views and wonderful wildlife. In late April and early May we can expect the bluebells, other woodland flowers and the fresh new leaves of the beech trees to be at their finest. The weather is less predictable but, provided you have the right gear, we shall do our best to give you an enjoyable experience on any of our walks. We pride ourselves in being seen as a welcoming group, whose walks can offer the chance of exercise, friendly company, stunning scenery and local knowledge.
There is a wide variety of walks to choose from, with 3 or 4 every day, and some evening walks too. The programme includes themed walks covering nature, local history and artworks, and walks in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the North Downs Way. On the final day, the May Day Bank Holiday on 7th May, there will be four walks of varying lengths plus a family treasure hunt, all culminating in a social gathering at Wotton Village Hall. We would be delighted to welcome everyone there, whether walkers or social members, to celebrate the event.
All walks are free of charge, and there is no need to pre-book.
They all allow for a refreshment stop and whole day walks break for a picnic lunch, which you will need to bring with you. Some of the walks include optional visits to cafes or pubs, as shown on the programme. Good stout/comfortable shoes or walking boots should be worn, with suitable clothing for the weather conditions; walking pace will be dependent on the terrain. Please arrive in plenty of time, as walks commence within 5 minutes of the start time advertised, following a short welcome and briefing. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please feel free to ring the leader in advance if you have any queries about a specific walk; or email either of those mentioned below.
The walks are open to everyone: existing members, visitors from other groups, and those who might be new to the area or to walking groups. So do come and join us, and make this a holiday week to remember. There is no limit on the number of walks you can do during the Festival, so you will only be limited by your stamina! There is the potential of walking over 100 miles, so are you up for that challenge?
Well-controlled dogs are also welcome, although some walks will be more suitable than others, so it is best to check with the leader in advance. We ask all dog owners to abide by any instructions from walk leaders and avoid causing a nuisance to others or any risks to livestock or wildlife.
Our aim for this Festival is to promote the splendid Surrey countryside, encourage exercise for health and well-being, and provide an opportunity for all ages to take up rambling with a group.
Most of all we aim to enjoy ourselves and we hope you will enjoy the Festival too.
Please feel free to browse the rest of our website to find out more about what we do in Mole Valley Ramblers, and how you might get further involved.
For general enquires please email