Doncaster Ramblers Walk Festival 2018 - “Discover Doncaster”
At a recent Doncaster Ramblers Committee Meeting it was agreed that we would put together a walking festival to coincide with the national “Ramblers Walk About” which is scheduled for 26 May – 3 June 2018. Five of us volunteered to form a Steering Committee and have met twice to discuss the next steps – David Gadd, Bob Carlisle (Chair), Tony Liversidge, Peter Rowsell and myself, Dave Binnington.
We agreed that Doncaster Ramblers could put on at least 9 walks (one each day) with the help of volunteers from our regular walk leaders. Walks could vary from a whole day to a morning, an afternoon or an evening. It was suggested that some of the walks could finish (and start) at a point of interest to enhance the social experience. We also agreed that it would be great to have a specific focus of interest for as many of the walks as necessary in order to make them fresh and appealing. Here are some of our initial ideas:-
|Conisbrough (Castle, Don Gorge etc.)||Potteric Carr|
|Introduction to map reading walk||Heron Way (in 2 halves? Circulars?)|
|Finningley (Church and Cemetery)||Tickhill (History walk)|
|Austerfield / Bawtry (Historical)||Wild Flowers / Tree identification/ Beekeeping walk|
|Sandall Beat to end at Whitby’s F+Chips||Sykehouse (to end at Old George)|
|Adwick (steam museum??)||Brodsworth / Barnburgh / Hickleton (Crown Inn)|
|Hooton Roberts (Earl of Strafford)||Askern|
|Photography themed walk||Thrybergh Reservoir / Ravenfield|
|Cusworth Hall guided tours (grounds)|
This list is merely a starting point and is by no means exhaustive!
We discussed several other details. We would cancel the usual Ramblers walks during the nine days of the festival. We would liaise with “Get Doncaster Walking” and work with their team to put a special block booking in the relevant GDW programme. The number of participants could vary greatly and may include children (as the festival is in the school holidays) we ought to consider gearing some walks towards families and would also need other volunteer members to support walk leaders.
Those are some of our ideas / plans so far. We would love to hear from anyone who could offer to lead or help with a walk. It doesn’t have to be one on our list. Our next meeting is in the middle of September so please have a chat with one of us or send me an email with your suggestions or offers. It would be great to hear from you before the AGM on 21st October in order to further develop arrangements.
Dave Binnington (on behalf of Festival Committee)
Bob Carlisle (Chair of Festival Committee)