This year’s festival takes place on Saturday, 28th June and comprises 8 different walks, ranging from the town-centre stroll to a more-challenging 10 mile cross-country ‘yomp’. The festival clearly meets a need. Pre-registration is essential (at the Corsham TIC). Bookings are already running ahead of expectations.
Frankly a Corsham Walking Festival is long-overdue. It will bring the community together. It is already doing so. The whole affair has been extremely well organised, with many previously quite separate groups playing a part. CAH is proud to be one of them.
Walk No. 5 is a round-trip walk to Lacock, starting, as all the walks do, at Arnold House. Each walk has a leader and a backmarker. Within its team, this walk additionally has a ‘heritage advisor’ – someone who can impart some of the history of the Corsham area to those who are not familiar with it. The advisor will be a member of CAH.
The route joins the Ladbrook at Byde Mill. At New Farm walkers will meet the owner whose family has farmed the area for three generations. The farm was a film set for Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Film companies still occasionally borrow from his collection of old farm equipment. At Lacock, the half way stage, the local History Group will give a guided talk about the village for an hour.
Make no mistake, this will really put Corsham on the map!