Chilterns walking festival puts a spring in the step
The walking festival, the first to cover the whole of the Chilterns, was intended to raise awareness of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, to encourage people to discover more of its 2,000km of routes, and to promote the health benefits of being active in the countryside.
With plans for an autumn event well
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It will focus on the British Newspapers archive and using the special Welsh newspapers online for tracing family history and interesting family events.
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Replies show that 98% enjoyed or thoroughly enjoyed their walk, 94% rated the festival good or excellent,54% discovered new parts of the Chilterns and 16% were new to walking or not regular walkers.
The Chilterns Conservation Board’s People and Society Officer Annette Venters said: “We are delighted that so many people enjoyed the festival and that over half were discovering new parts of the Chilterns.
“Best of all, the event encouraged people new to walking. That makes
Did Uncle Sid win first prize for the biggest cucumber or marrow – or did he beat his wife?
It’s all here with clues on how to find it.
Doors open at 2pm for research, advice and chat. The talk starts 2:45pm.
Entrance is free for members, £1 at the door for non-members.
Light refreshments will be available after the talk.
See www.bucksgs.org. uk or call 01844 291631 for further details. the whole event a tremendous success and something we will be building on for future events”.
With major urban centres of population on the doorstep, the Chilterns Walking Festival enjoys easy access by rail, as well as by car.
Many walks are buggy and wheelchair friendly and well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.
The autumn festival dates are confirmed as September 16 to October 1.
Walk details, events and activities will shortly be available at www. visitchilterns.co.uk/ walkingfest THE
Although a member of the national Relate Federation, it is an independent charity, relying on its own fundraising to provide professional counselling to local people, regardless of their ability to pay, through its Bursary Funding Scheme.
Relate now supports more than 1,000 people in the area each year on matters such as depression, cancer (in association with Macmillan nurses), mental health and all types of relationship problems (including loneliness).
Fiona Greenfield of Relate said: “We thank Bucks’ Freemasons for this very generous donation.
“Our appointments team and counsellors work hard for our clients and having the use of a modern headset will leave them able to take notes while taking calls from clients.”