Walking festival’s successful return to Rotherham attracts hundreds

By Antony Clay | 19/10/2017

Walking festival’s successful return to Rotherham attracts hundreds
A group of walkers at Thrybergh Country Park

HUNDREDS of people went for a stroll as a walking festival returned to Rotherham after nine years.

The Rotherham and Dearne Valley Walking Festival attracted more than 500 trekkers on eight walks over five days.

Ramblers used the occasion to remember a popular walker who passed away last year.

Organised by Rotherham Metro Ramblers and Dearne Valley Ramblers, the event ran from last Wednesday to Sunday.

There were 3,500 miles walked by the participants, including many people from outside the area.

A total of £316 was raised for the BBC Countryfile initiative to Ramble for Children in Need.

The event was supported by the Area Ramblers Group and Rotherham Borough Council.

Walks covered the Rotherham and Dearne Valley area, taking in parks and woodlands, green spaces and historical locations.

Beryl Faries, of Rotherham Metro Ramblers, said the event had a particular meaning for her as the event was devised by her late husband, Frank.

On Friday, Beryl lead a group of 121 on a five-mile hike round Thybergh Reservoir and Ravenfield Ponds in memory of Frank.

She said: “The idea of reviving the Rotherham Walking Festival was inspired by my husband Frank, who was a member of Rotherham Metro Ramblers but sadly passed away suddenly in December.

“We are grateful for his vision and enthusiasm in wanting to promote walking in Rotherham whilst also showcasing the whole area.

“Frank invited the Dearne Valley Ramblers to join in us so we organised this free event.”

Anyone wanting to find out more about walking in the area, can visit www.ramblers.org.uk/rotherham-metro or www.ramblers.org.uk/dearne-valley, or email metro.ramblers@gmail.com or Dearne Valley Ramblers at haywood1935@btinternet.com.

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