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Less than 20 days until the Programme goes Live

There is a well known description of birds apparently moving serenely on a lake whilst their legs are moving frantically beneath the surface. At this time of year, that description applies to Guildford Walkfest too!

Whilst to you, the reader, it may seem that not much is happening, behind the scenes, all our voluntary groups are creating their walk programmes, completing information forms for the Walkfest Coordinator and sorting out all the details to make your September walks a success.

Once the Coordinator has received all the forms and information, he then has to translate that into web pages and create an overall programme table. This appears on the website and also as hard copy in the Guildford Tourist Information Centre. With 45-50 walks to collate and check, this is no small task.

However, the work is well under way and I can now give you a sneak preview of some of your treats to come in September.

We have a range of fascinating short walks with the Guildford Town Guides and seven varied walks hosted by Guildford Ramblers - ranging from 3 to 8 miles.

As a way of extending the reach of Walkfest we have included some walks aimed specifically at families with buggy and toddler aged children - kindly hosted by QE Baptist Church and Send Evangelical Church. In addition we understand, that for many people, the event is as much about the social interaction as it is the walking. So to cater better for these people, we have added Walk & Talk sessions and Wellbeing sessions with Challengers and Catalyst.

We are pleased to be able to include walks by North Downs Way Ambassadors (Simone Dill and Pete Lambert) and, of course, we have our grand finale of a walk from Guildford to Dorking along the North Downs Way - led by our Walkfest Chairman / Surrey Hills Society President, Christine Howard.

And there is so much more. If you want to learn about the history and landscape whilst discovering more about this wonderful area, then we have walks for you.

It won't be long now. The aim is to publish the programme by the end of July so keep checking - and watch out for new Blog pages with more information. In the meantime, get those walking shoes out, enjoy the summer weather and get yourself fit and ready for another brilliant Guildford Walkfest.

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