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Walkers are Welcome Towns by Name

Corsham

Accredited since: 2014

Corsham is an historic market town set in wonderful walking country on the southern edge of the Cotswold National Landscape. The town’s old limestone buildings and stone tiled roofs, as well as stately Corsham Court, have all appeared in many film and TV productions. Although close to busy Bath and Chippenham, peacocks often wander the town’s medieval streets.

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Cowbridge

Accredited since: 2022

Cowbridge is a compact market town in the heart of the rural Vale of Glamorgan. The historic and bustling town centre is linked in all directions to an ancient network of public rights of way including an extensive elevated area of common land. Three castles plus several ancient churches are within easy walking distance. The varying gradients make for striking viewpoints across the vale and coast. The town itself is framed by a number of attractive village locations providing interest for the visitor. Overall, Cowbridge is an attractive destination with interesting history notably its medieval walls and south gate. It benefits from a classic high street with independent shops and a fantastic food and drink offer.

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Crickhowell

Accredited since: 2012

Crowned as the UK’s Best High Street, Crickhowell is an ideal base for exploring the surrounding area. Crickhowell is a small market town with a thriving High Street with independently owned and family-run shops where you’ll find a friendly, personal touch and plenty of local produce.

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Denby Dale & District

Accredited since: 2012

The Denby Dale district includes the villages of Denby Dale itself; Birdsedge & High Flatts; Clayton West; Upper & Lower Cumberworth;
Upper & Lower Denby; Emley & Emley Moor; Scissett & Skelmanthorpe. An area of beautiful countryside, it has an excellent network of PRoWs – and a rich and fascinating heritage. Denby Dale train station is on the scenic Penistone Line and is the starting point for many of our walks.

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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 Museum.

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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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Dover

Accredited since: 2016

Dover is an excellent place to come and explore natural beauty and heritage at its finest! Nestled in between the White Cliffs and the Kent Downs AONB the town hosts a fantastic range of shops, pubs, brewery and accommodation providers, all giving walkers visiting Dover a warm welcome. Dover is on the North Downs Way, English Coast Path and the Via Francigena. The White Cliffs County (Dover, Deal and Sandwich) hosts an annual walking festival at the end of August each year.

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Dursley

Accredited since: 2013

Dursley was originally renowned for its woollen cloth, and later enjoyed worldwide fame with the renowned Lister-Petter engines. Dursley is situated on the Cotswold Way in a wooded valley under the Cotswold escarpment and the surrounding countryside offers many attractive walks.

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Evesham

Accredited since: 2023

The medieval market town of Evesham lies in a loop of the River Avon around the site of its 8th century Benedictine Abbey and is steeped in history and surrounded by stunning countryside. Three long distance footpaths pass through the town and seven circular walks take in the heritage and beauty of the area, in particular the springtime blossom.

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Fairford

Accredited since: 2017

Welcome to Fairford, Gloucestershire,
a town where Walkers are Welcome, and a good place to visit.
Fairford, a lively, small market town in Gloucestershire (population C5,000), welcomes visitors, especially walkers. Our walks leaflets will help you appreciate the local area and its history. There’s something for everyone!

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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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Hayfield

Accredited since: 2019

Hayfield is a beautiful village (population 2,700) nestling in stunning Peak District scenery. Its proud association with the Kinder Mass Trespass, and vibrant community offers events throughout the year and facilities to accommodate walkers including six pubs, three cafes, an Italian restaurant, a campsite, and various small artisan shops.

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Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd

Accredited since: 2007

Hebden Bridge is a small former mill town with a population of 4,500. Mytholmroyd (meaning a small settlement where two rivers meet) is a small town two miles down the valley,a total population of 9,552. The towns nestle into the hillsides surrounded by beautiful countryside. They are great walkers towns with many footpaths, causey ways and bridleways to explore. The moors are high above us and add a stark beauty to the landscape. Calderdale has the highest number of footpaths in the whole of England, well maintained and waymarked by active volunteers. The Pennine Way passes nearby and the Calderdale Way circles the county. The river Calder runs through both towns. In Hebden Bridge it is joined by the river Hebden, in Mytholmroyd it is joined by Elphin Brook. This makes the area very picturesque but prone to flooding.
Hebden Bridge 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. In Mytholmroyd there is a row of small shops, cafes and pubs. Both have excellent transport links with the nearby major cities. Both have a variety of accommodation to choose from for the visitor, including an excellent hostel in the centre of Hebden Bridge.

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Holmfirth

Accredited since: 2019

Against the stunning backdrop of the Peak District National Park, Holmfirth is a thriving town with speciality shops and markets, bespoke art and tempting treats, plus a packed events programme.
Fast flowing streams, moorland sheep, weavers’ cottages and impressive mills reflect Holmfirth’s proud history of producing world class woollen yarns and cloths. But it’s the valley’s landscapes and villages which have brought the area fame.

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Holywell

Accredited since: 2010

Holywell is in Flintshire overlooking the Dee estuary with numerous places to find refreshments and accommodation.

Several long distance trails start/end in Holywell and there is easy access to the Welsh Coastal Path.

With easy access to the Clwydian Range (AONB), the area offers interesting walks with fantastic scenery

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Keynsham

Accredited since: 2013

Market town midway between Bath and Bristol,

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Kington

Accredited since: 2011

Friendly and relaxed with a network of trails, medieval walled alleyways and intriguing buildings, Kington is a great place to explore and hang out. Boots and backpacks are commonplace and lying in the Welsh Marches, it has more long distance paths converging on a town of its size than anywhere else in the UK, including the Offa’s Dyke National Trail.
Walkers are most definitely welcome in Kington.

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Kirkby Stephen

Accredited since: 2009

The attractive and friendly market town of Kirkby Stephen on the upper reaches of the River Eden in a corner of east Cumbria. With the stunning landscapes of the Westmorland Dales of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and North Pennines Area of Natural Beauty. Once discovered, visitors are reluctant to leave.

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Langholm

Accredited since: 2018

The Langholm area is characterised by beautiful river valleys between green, rounded hills. The hills in the area covered by The Langholm Walks Booklet are not of great height – The highest point is 1705ft.- but many of them command magnificent views. The valleys of the Rivers Esk, Ewes, and Wauchope waters are extensively explored and contain many lovely corners that can only be reached on foot.

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