The CaminoWays.com team would like to thank all of you who came to the first CaminoWays.com Walking Festival on Sunday 27th July to celebrate St James Day. It was a truly fantastic day, helped by gorgeous weather, a great success by all accounts and it wouldn’t have been possible without you: all the fantastic walkers of all ages, charity trekkers and all our partners and staff!
The day started with stretching exercises with Peter from D-Pete Health and Fitness, who got the walkers warming up and having a bit of a giggle together ahead of the trek.
The walking festival was divided in three trails, all with beautiful views of Lough Dan: a long walk up Kanturk and Scarr with mountain guides and CaminoWays.com staff, a short walk of 4km with CaminoWays.com staff and a family scavenger hunt with challenges and activities for families with younger kids. Among the walkers, there were many people walking for charities: Diabetes Ireland, Cry, Focus Ireland and Marie Keating Foundation. Many of them are going on their fundraising treks to the Camino de Santiago in the coming weeks so it was a good opportunity to prepare for the challenge, as well as raising awareness about their very worthy causes.
We also had an unexpected visit from the Vikings! as the popular TV show was being filmed in Lough Dan. Some walkers even got a glimpse of the Viking boats.
Back at basecamp in Lough Dan Scout Centre, walkers got to taste Jaime’s famous paella. Jaime is the chef and owner of Dublin-based Spanish catering company FoodFiesta.ie. As the sun was shining, it was great to sit down and relax after the trek, enjoying a bit of music by Galician singer Susana Garrido, making the most of the wonderful weather.Walkers taking part in the long walk had a bit of climbing to do but were rewarded with amazing panoramic views of the Wicklow coastline, from the Sugarloaf to as far as Arklow, from the summit of Scarr.
Our partners outdoor clothes specialist 53 Degrees North had a stall with gear advice and a draw. Younger walkers were thrilled with bush craft demonstrations by Survivalist Ireland and people interested in the Camino de Santiago got to chat with CaminoWays.com staff and enter a draw to win two nights in Santiago de Compostela (the winners will be announced this week!).
Many of you were snapping away so we are looking forward to seeing all the pictures of the day. Remember, the #caminofestirl photo competition is still open until this Sunday to make sure you share your pictures! The best four shots will get fantastic prizes from CaminoWays.com, 53Degrees North, FoodFiesta.ie and Survivalist Ireland.
Thank you all for making it such a fun day and looking forward to St James CaminoWays.com Walking Festival 2015!
If you would like to share your feedback, please contact the CaminoWays.com team and we’ll take your suggestions and ideas on board for next year’s festival.