Travel: Spanish theme for walking festival

Alhambra, Granada by S Borisov
Alhambra, Granada by S Borisov

Whether you’re a keen walker or you simply enjoy an occasional stroll in the summer sunshine, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays cater for all and the Lemsford-based company is offering you the chance to meet the team and to sample some Spanish hospitality at a special ‘Walk Fest’ weekend.

Ramblers Worldwide Holidays was founded in 1946 by Mrs Kathy Cook from Newport Pagnell and she is still at the helm alongside fellow joint managing director Tony Lock.

Shortly after the Second World War, Kathy’s love of walking made her a true pioneer in creating this type of holiday and today she and Tony head a team of enthusiasts who take like-minded people on some very special holidays to all six continents.

And as if that were not enough, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays have now entered the winter wonderland market by introducing a selection of walks in the snow-covered scenery of countries like Andorra, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland and Turkey.

However on Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29 the company, which is located in the pretty village of Lemsford close to Welwyn Garden City, will feature Spain and its island territories as its theme.

Sponsored in conjunction with the Spanish Tourist Board, the Ramblers Holiday weekend will give visitors chance to say ‘Hola’ – the ‘h’ is always silent while ‘Ola’ means wave! – while taking a guided walk along the ‘Camino de Lemsford’ which translates as the banks of the beautiful River Lea close to the picturesque Brockett Hall estate.

‘Walk Fest’ takes place in the grounds of Lemsford village’s stunning watermill and for an adult entry fee of £6.50 (children under 16 are free as is car parking), you can enjoy a free paella meal and tapas plus a glass of a Spanish wine to wash it all down while listening to traditional flamenco music and learning about the culture of the Iberian Peninsula.

Ramblers Worldwide Holidays’ ‘Walk Fest’ is open between 10am and 5pm each day but for more information or to book your place, call freephone on 0808 178 2879 or log onto