Walkers are Welcome Towns by Name

Order by: Year of Accreditation Alphabetical Order

Alston Moor

Accredited since: 2013

For many walkers the introduction to Alston Moor is the walk up from Dufton on the Pennine Way, over Cross Fell and down in to the picturesque village of Garrigill at the head of the South Tyne valley. This encompasses what Alston Moor has to offer – high Pennine hills with large tracts of open moorland interspersed by quiet picturesque valleys providing a wide variety of walking opportunities ranging from a leisurely stroll around Alston to an energetic climb up to some of the high points of the Pennines.

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Baildon

Accredited since: 2012

Baildon is a town on the edge of Bradford between the River Aire and Rombalds Moor. There are about 16,000 residents. There is a thriving centre with a number of successful small businesses. On the edge of open country, Baildon Moor is one of the first areas of open country heading out of Bradford. For many years the Moor and Shipley Glen have been destinations for walkers. A Dales Way connecting path, The Dales Highway and Welcome way come through Baildon.

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Bingley

Accredited since: 2015

Bingley is a small market town in the Aire Valley, with a population of approximately 20,000. It is home to the famous 3 and 5 rise locks on the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Bingley has excellent rail links and is a good centre for walking with plentiful cafes and pubs.

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Bollington

Accredited since: 2013

Nicknamed the ‘Happy Valley’, Bollington sits on the South-Western edge of the Peak District with its iconic landmark, White Nancy rising above the Town. A landscape of quaint stone cottages, majestic mills and mill chimneys provides a backdrop for some wonderful walks, brimful of history and heritage.

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Boroughbridge

Accredited since: 2007

The pleasant market town of Boroughbridge, on the edge of the Vale Of York is the start of The 150 Mile circular walk along the banks of the River Swale and the River Ure. There are plenty of local walks and facillities to suit your needs.See boroughbridgewalks.org.uk

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Bromyard

Accredited since: 2010

A bustling lively market town in Herefordshire surrounded by glorious countryside

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Cheddar

Accredited since: 2015

The village of Cheddar, on the edge of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is famous around the world. It has the country’s largest gorge, the famous caves, and is the birthplace of Cheddar cheese. It is also where the oldest complete human skeleton was discovered.

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Cilgerran

Accredited since: 2007

Cilgerran is in the west of Wales, in north Pembrokeshire. Close to Cardigan and about 7 miles from the sea at Poppit Sands.
Come to Cilgerran to see the castle, the Teifi Gorge, the Teifi marshes nature reserve and to walk in the attractive countryside near the village. The pasture fields and gentle hills have an excellent network of paths, which are kept in good condition by the Walkers are Welcome group and the County Council.
Walks take you to hidden valleys, to wide views or to historic churches. Many are accessible by bus.
The village has a good shop selling local produce, 3 pubs, a Chinese take-away and accommodation is available locally.

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Clare

Accredited since: 2017

Clare is the smallest Town in Suffolk. It is a Wool Town, situated in the Stour Valley, amongst rolling countryside that is perfect for walking.
It represents Suffolk in a nutshell, with a Norman castle, country park, river, medieval buildings, independent shops and much much more......

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Cleobury Mortimer

Accredited since: 2009

Small market town (population 3600) in South Shropshire straddling the A4117 between Kidderminster and Ludlow with its noted twisted spire on the parish church. Within reach of the Clee Hills and the Wyre Forest and not far from the Shropshire Way. Serving the surrounding villages ("Cleobury Country") with shopping and services.

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Corwen

Accredited since: 2012

Corwen is a Town with so much to offer the walker. From high mountains on the Berwyn to gentle strolls down to the River Dee as a Town Corwen has something for everyone. Looking down on the town is the iron age hillfort of Caer Drewyn and the longer distance paths of The North Berwyn Way, The Dee Valley Way and The Brenig Way start in the Town. Corwen is steeped in history with ancient oak woodland walks and drovers trails we offer a walkers paradise for all. Cafes, restaurants and pubs compliment your experience and the Town offers Walkers a very warm welcome.

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Cromer

Accredited since: 2014

Cromer, a town that has something for everyone, especially Walkers. Come for the day or stay longer: Accommodation to suit all pockets from B&B’s to Glamping. Food to satisfy all tastes - from fish & chips to Michelin style catering. We are the hub of the Coast Path and several other long-distance Trails – sand, sea, and sunshine galore, surrounded by North Norfolk’s AONB. When the walking day is done we provide a wealth of entertainment. Cromer a place for all reasons, provides a warm welcome for Walkers in all seasons.

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Dereham

Accredited since: 2016

Dereham is a market town in the centre of Norfolk, its varied walking routes linking to the Norfolk Trails network and the developing England Coast Path. The town has shops, cafés and pubs, with many interesting places to visit, including Dereham Windmill, the Mid-Norfolk Railway and Bishop Bonner’s Cottage.

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DISLEY

Accredited since: 2015

Disley in north-east Cheshire sits at the edge of the Peak District, within easy reach of Manchester, Stockport and Buxton by bus and train, and in the midst of varied scenery that includes the wooded valley of the River Goyt, Pennine moorland and the meandering Peak Forest Canal. Over 36 kilometres of well-signposted and well-maintained footpaths offer gentle rambles and more strenuous walks. The Gritstone Trail starts at the rail station and Lyme Park (National Trust) is within easy walking distance.

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Elham

Accredited since: 2013

A charming sleepy old village full of historic interest nestling in the beautiful Elham Valley in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is where Audrey Hepburn spend her childhood.... what more can we say?

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Eye

Accredited since: 2018

Eye is a “small but perfectly formed” market town in North Suffolk, close to the Norfolk Border. It is an historic town with many listed buildings and a Town Hall designed by the “rogue” architect Sir Edward Buckton Lamb in 1856. Set in a beautiful undulating rural area, famous for its East Anglia enormous skies, you will be able to enjoy walks along grassy footpaths and country lanes returning to the town for a bite to eat or even stay over at a B&B. The pub and the local shops are ready to welcome you. You may even catch a local event in full swing!

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Forres

Accredited since: 2016

Forres is a former royal burgh situated in the north of Scotland. We are surrounded by a rich variety of landscapes, from the Moray Firth coast, to open moors, forests and river gorges; a wealth of historic sites; fascinating wildlife and world-famous distilleries.

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Frome

Accredited since: 2018

Frome is a welcoming, charming and vibrant town with a wealth of history, culture and natural beauty. Packed with historic buildings, beautiful independent shops and creative people, Frome is a wonderfully eventful town. It is the perfect destination for discerning tourists looking for something a little bit different.

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Gillingham (Dorset)

Accredited since: 2015

Gillingham is in Dorset, on the mainline from Waterloo to Exeter, providing a gateway to the Blackmore Vale (Hardy's vale of the little dairies). Three rivers meet here and linear parks along them provide enjoyable short walks. This is undulating farming countryside reaching towards the chalk downland of Wiltshire.

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Hebden Bridge Walkers Action

Accredited since: 2007

Hebden Bridge is a small former mill town with a population of 4,500. The town nestles into the hillside surrounded by beautiful countryside. It is a great walkers town with many footpaths, causey ways and bridleways to explore. The moors are high above us and add a stark beauty to the landscape. The river Hebden runs through the town to meet up with the river Calder, picturesque but prone to flooding. This small town boasts a cinema, owned by Hebden Royd town council, a theatre, a music venue and many independent shops. There are pubs and cafe's galore. We have excellent transport links. Buses run up and down the valley every 10 minutes connecting the small towns of Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd (all WaW towns). The half hourly train service takes you to Manchester, Leeds, Halifax and Bradford, linking up to trains north and south. We have strong links with the nearby WaW towns and together we have set up a website to advertise the Upper Calder Valley. We all share an Instagram account see below

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