CORSHAM WALKING FESTIVAL 2021
The 7th Corsham Walking Festival
was a great success with 279 walkers taking part in the guided walk programme
and for the 35 parents and children who took part in the Saturday Treasure Hunt
in and round Corsham High Street. This year’s Festival saw walkers complete a
grand total of 2296 miles.
Since October last year the
Festival Committee have been planning the individual walks, promoting the festival
locally and nationwide via social media plus distributing some 3000 brochures
to ensure our Festival would be in everyone’s diary.
The Festival is mainly
self-supporting but relies upon the excellent sponsorship and support we
receive from the Corsham Area Board, Town Council and many local businesses,
for which we are most grateful. Many
thanks also to the Committee and the many volunteers and supporters who without
their help such events like these would not take place.
Walking Festivals are a fantastic
way to get active, see some of the beautiful countryside, and learn a little
bit more about your surroundings and last but least have some fun.
Planning for the 2022 Walking
Festival will start again in October and if you are interested in getting involved
then please contact the Chair at or visit our FaceBook page, or our website at www.corshamwalkingfestival.org.uk
Corsham is a Wonderful Place to Walk
An historic market town, Corsham is surrounded by beautiful countryside.
Many of the Public Rights of Way are ancient, with some even dating back to Roman times, and are well-defined and walked regularly. The topography of the area allows for a variety of walks for all ages and abilities. As a result of all this walking potential, Corsham has a number of active walking groups, and the groups’ members are eager to encourage walking in the area for local residents as well as visitors. Fill in the box below to receive regular updates on local walking opportunities.
Walkers can choose from many places of interest nearby, all of which are accessible on foot from Corsham. For example, it is possible to walk to Brunel’s famous Box Tunnel; the National Trust village of Lacock, and other National Trust properties; as well as Corsham Court and its parkland. The Visit Corsham website contains a wealth of resources on the history of the town and links to local attractions, as well as details of places to eat and drink and places to stay.
Walkers are Welcome
In March 2014, Corsham was awarded Walkers are Welcome status. This means that the town is not only a wonderful place to walk, it’s also welcoming to walkers, particularly after a long day’s wandering, with a great mix of pubs and restaurants ready to offer food and drink and a relaxing atmosphere. You can find out more about Walkers are Welcome on their website.
The Heritage Trails feature eight walks, from 4.5 miles up to a challenging 10.3 miles. Some are centred on Corsham, others connect to Biddestone, Box and Colerne but all of them promote awareness, through photographs and historical information, of the area's history, particularly its industrial heritage and the links to quarrying, milling and the military.
A small team of
walkers, Cotswold Wardens, local historians and a design studio have been
working together on the Heritage Trail Project to provide this series of way marked, informed walks and the project has received financial support from numerous
local sources including both the Corsham and Chippenham Area Boards, Corsham
Town Council, Parish Councils, the Cotswold Countryside Fund, the Bingham Hall Trust
and the Martingate Centre.
Copies of the FREE Heritage Trail leaflets can be obtained
from: Corsham Town Hall, the Tourist Information Centre and Corsham Book Shop; the Colerne Café, Box
Post Office and the White Horse in Biddestone.
of the eight Heritage Trails can also be downloaded from the Corsham Walking
Festival website at: http://corshamwalkingfestival.org.uk/