Inaugural 1066 Country Walking Festival a success

Walkers enjoying a walk from Winchelsea to Battle
Walkers enjoying a walk from Winchelsea to Battle

The first 1066 Country Walking Festival, which ran through the first week of October, has been hailed a great success.

Scores of people took part in almost 50 walks throughout the event and there are plans to bring back the festival for 2015.

Kevin Boorman, manager of 1066 Country Marketing, said: “We’ve had some very positive feedback on our first walking festival.

“There were nearly 50 walks, and some were over-subscribed. If the weather hadn’t been so poor on the first day of the festival, when many of our long distance walks took place, converging on Battle, I think we would have had even more walkers.

“The countryside around here is just fantastic, and I do think we sometimes take it for granted.

“These walks gave local people, and visitors, a chance to enjoy the superb scenery, and, I hope, will whet their appetite for more walks.

“A lot of colleagues, in many different organisations, including lots of volunteers, worked very hard to put on this festival, and I’d like to thank all of them for what they have done.

“I’d especially like to thank local Rotarian Peter Cocker, who did a huge amount behind the scenes to ensure the festival was such a success.

“We’ve now had our debrief, and everyone involved wants to repeat the festival next year, so we have already started working on that.”