• Muddy Brook Dam, Meltham
  • Little Dawley Pools, Wellington Walking Festival
  • The Watercut, Kirkby Stephen

Towns and villages where Walkers are Welcome

Walkers are Welcome is a nationwide initiative launched in 2007 to be 'welcoming to walkers'. We enable the development of over 100 accredited Towns and Villages members to assist with their communities’ economic, physical, health and mental well-being through walking.

Who We Are

Towns and Villages with something special to offer walkers

Walkers are Welcome is a U.K. wide, community led network of accredited towns whose purpose is to develop and promote walking in areas with something different to offer.

News

Learn about what is happening around the UK...

Bradford on Avon’s Walking Wheel maps landmark

Bradford on Avon's Walking Wheel maps landmark
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The 1,000 landmark has been reached! By the end of 2019, 1,144 of Bradford on Avon's Walking Wheel maps had ... Read More

A £2.6m boost for the Quantocks via the Heritage Lottery Fund

A £2.6m boost for the Quantocks via the Heritage Lottery Fund
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The Quantock Hills are a special place. Their designation in 1956 as England’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was ... Read More

Boroughbridge looks at the demise of Maps and Compass.

Boroughbridge looks at the demise of Maps and Compass.
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The Demise of Map/Compass? Boroughbridge wonder if any WAW groups have offered courses or informal training in map reading. There ... Read More

Walkers Are Welcome Organisation

For more information or to get involved

Members of the Network are frequently asked to outline the benefits of joining the WAW network. Of course, these will vary from town to town but the headlines outlined below, provide a general summary gathered from current members.

  • The process of applying for membership brings community groups and businesses together in partnership for the benefit of the whole community
  • Allows communities to benefit from regular networking opportunities within the Town and with other members of the Network

Tourism/Economic Benefits

  • Attracts more people to visit your Town to enjoy local walks
  • Economic benefit for local shops, B&Bs, Hotels, Pubs, Cafés, Restaurants, etc. through increased footfall
  • Strengthens Towns' reputation as a walking destination when signposted walks/walking guides are available
  • Promotes other local visitor attractions
  • Complements Towns’ economic generation/tourism plans and strategies
  • Demonstrates that walkers will be given a warm welcome by the local community

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