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  • Muddy Brook Dam, Meltham
  • Little Dawley Pools, Wellington Walking Festival
  • The Watercut, Kirkby Stephen
  • Gallows Hill Nature Area, Otley
  • Walkers are Welcome Wall Hanging
  • Tregaron Môr ir Mynydd, Sea to Summit
  • Hachinobe coast, Japan

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.


Learn about what is happening around the UK…

Whitchurch, Hampshire Winner of Best UK Family Festival 2023

Whitchurch, Hampshire Winner of Best UK Family Festival 2023
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Whitchurch (Hampshire) Walkers are Welcome team are thrilled to announce that their partner group Whitchurch Conservation Group have been awarded ... Read More

Whitchurch, Hampshire win DOUBLE GOLD!

Whitchurch, Hampshire win DOUBLE GOLD!
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Whitchurch in Bloom strike GOLD twice in the space of a month, first winning GOLD in the South & South ... Read More

Ross-on-Wye for Arts & Crafts

Ross-on-Wye for Arts & Crafts
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Herefordshire has long been associated with really high-quality art and crafts – boosted by the leading Hereford College of Arts; ... 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