Tweed Valley Walking Weekend 2015 – Feedback

Walk places
126 walk places sold prior to start of weekend, with over 80 individual walkers attending.

Evening events
History walk – approx. 17 attended & verbal feedback good.
BBQ – 27 sold in advance. 40 attended.

Feedback forms
50 walkers completed feedback forms
16 Borders based
25 Lived in rest of Scotland
9 England

Questions (three) asked on feedback form

What did we do well? (1)
Feedback to this question was extremely positive about all aspects of the walking weekend. Actual comments are listed below.

Anything we could do better? (2)
Grouped together are the nine comments giving some constructive criticism on walk information/descriptions and signage and to be discussed further.

Walk descriptions
– Maybe a bit more detailed information about the walks.
– Try to describe hills better to gradient for those of use that have difficulties with steep climbs.
– As the strenuous walks were not well attended, perhaps they could be shorter but still keep the height element. You could still have one long high walk for those who are interested.
– Maps of daily walks on the wall for reference beforehand would be helpful.
– More information about the walks with more detail about hills etc so that walkers can judge if it is suitable for their standard of fitness.
– More information about the walk today did not know there would be so many steep inclines/hills – extra info could be on website.
– How about a short intro session in the hall before the walk starts. Could give an overview of the walk and show route on map.

Signage to registration centre
– Did not see any signposts on one main road indicating the registration.
– Better signage from main road.
– Better signage for where to register for new comers.

All other comments to this question were positive – No faults – It was all perfect – No I don’t think so – super – Weather??!! – No – all good – Fitted carpets on the steep rocky descents. – More of the same please.

Any other comments? (3)
Again very positive comments which are listed on appendix.


Comments from question 1
Organisation was really good. Cakes!!
Booking systems and website was really informative and easy to follow.
Well organised and very friendly. Enjoyed all the walks very much.
All well organised.
Good selection of walks. Excellent leaders. Great home baking
Everything was excellent. Great walks, excellent leaders (and ‘back room’ staff)
Transport. Booking System. Refreshments. Leader
Everything was excellent
Everything. Well organised. Could not fault.
Good planning/walk/guide. Cakes & tea (yum!). Great walk – lovely people.
Well organised. Great venue and walk
Choice of walks
Fabulous walks, very well planned with loads of interested info about flowers & local history.
Great home baking & very friendly atmosphere
Everything well organised & Ruth our guide was fabulous. Cakes etc very welcome and very good.
Walk was well organised. Description of walk was accurate. All comforts were thought of. Places of interest were pointed out
Website was easy to use and very informative. Good choice of walks. Walk leader very good. Good pace. Home baking wonderful
Good informative leaflet. Easy website to navigate & book. Walk leader excellent. Pace of walk allowed for looking at scenery and picture opportunities. Excellent tea/coffee and cake at the end.
Good organisation
Good guides and back markers
Good knowledge of areas walked
Well organised group. Colin gave lots of interesting historical information at points, which we enjoyed, as well as the walk of course (2.2)
Tea & cakes delicious – thank you
Everything: good website, good information, good walk choice, excellent leader, well organised
Excellent walk and very informative. Also good pace, Very good refreshments.
Everything – event china cups of tea. Well done.
Everything excellent from start to finish.
Good leadership, friendly, helpful. Easy pace – attention paid to whole group. Choice of walks – excellent in the area.
Good leadership & weather
Have really enjoyed both walks I’ve been on
Good info, easy booking. Walks graded accurately. Very enjoyable walks. Really enjoyed the photo walk & home baking!
Everything again like last year. Efficiently run. Enthusiastic leaders. Lovely baking & tea.
Everything – organisation, routes, cakes
Organisation, teas, company, good leadership
Well organised. Very good leader & back marker. Appreciated information on local history & topography. Very interesting walk & level of effort as described (2.2). Great cakes
Everything well organised & very well led walk with lots of interesting info on the way. Great tea, coffee & cakes.
Good pace for everyone.
Organisation, good leader – considerate & knowledgeable. Good weather.
Very well organised. Tea & cakes were excellent.
Excellent leader in Erica. We learned a lot about wild flowers from her. The scenery was stunning.
Perfect walk and leader.
Excellent walk leader and refreshments.
Weather, guides, tea & cakes. Great day.
Good pre-booking information. Friendly welcome tea and home baking at the end of walks a very nice way to end.

Photo walk
Learned about aperture speed and composure. Practical points. Well thought out and not too demanding – physically and mentally. Very good.
Really good informative photography walk on knowledge about camera & photography.
Practical & knowledgable info. Very enjoyable.
Really enjoyed the photo walk again.

Comments from question 3
Really enjoyable 3 days, everyone was lovely and friendly as when we have been before. Cakes were fantastic and kept us going for the last mile back.
Very enjoyable see you next year all being well.
Well done.
Good to see you are planning next year’s event.
See you next year.
The BBQ was superb and whilst the welcome drink was a nice gesture, it was not necessary. We had already been given a warm welcome and the BBQ was excellent value.
Fabulous walk.
Looking forward to next year.
Many thanks.
Bring on next year.
Really enjoyed walk up through the Glen and Loch Eddy. Couldn’t have done it on my own as I don’t have transport. Well done.
Can’t wait for next year’s festival. Very well done.
Will definitely come again. Good pick up & drop off points.
A super day with good company. The whole event/weekend was obviously very carefully planned and all leaders, drivers etc. were very friendly. Thank you.
We’ll be back next year.
Will be back next year.
Very enjoyable day & good company. Good walk. Look forward to next year.
Excellent and easy booking.
Well organised. Great company. Loved it. Great weekend.
Colin our guide was absolutely first class. Information all along & the walk was wonderful.
Hope to be back 10-12 June next year.
Good walks/good choice.
Many thanks for everything.
In spite of mist great day
I’m still sick of being happy.
Appreciated the prompt response to my email when I realised I’d booked the wrong walk by mistake.
Really enjoyable walk and good company.
Enjoyed the weekend, see you all next year.
We found the walk very interesting but hot! The refreshments were excellent and much appreciated.