The Festival, which was launched by James Pavlou of Walk Tonbridge, will include walks and events to suit everyone. Last year, people signed up for walks covering a variety of themes from photography and military history to an introduction to Nordic walking and a chance to discover more about Jane Austen’s relatives in Tonbridge.
The 2022 Festival is set to include new walks such as a police/crime themed one and another focusing on the ‘lost pubs of Tonbridge’.
A highlight of the Festival will once again be the Walking Marathon event, which will this year take place on Sunday 18 September. This involves a 26.2 mile walk around Tonbridge and its surrounding villages, including pit-stops at a number of local pubs for refreshments and entertainment.
“We are really grateful that CooperBurnett are supporting the Festival again this year, their support in 2021 was invaluable,” says James. “We’d love to see more people take part in the Walking Marathon event in particular – if you are looking for a new challenge, want to raise money for a local charity and make memories to last a lifetime, then this is the event for you!”
During lockdown, Victoria Sampson and Joseph Oates, Partners at CooperBurnett, and their family enjoyed tackling many of the walks James posted on the Walk Tonbridge website.
“When James told us about his plans for the first Festival, we knew that CooperBurnett should get involved,” Victoria says. “We had no doubt that, with James at the helm, it would be a wonderful event and it certainly was. The icing on the cake was raising so much money for Sustain.”
Joseph adds: “We are particularly excited to be supporting the Walking Marathon and will again be sending a team from CooperBurnett. We’d love to see more teams joining us this year; it is a challenge but it’s really achievable if you start training now.”