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Walkers are Welcome Towns by Name

Leominster

Accredited since: 2014

Leominster is a delightful, historic market town set in the beautiful, gently rolling hills of North Herefordshire. Surrounded by excellent walking country, the town boasts a great number of excellent independent shops, but is best known for its antiques as often seen on various television programmes on the subject. Plenty of welcoming cafes and pubs and a Tourist Office offering a wide selection of walking guides and maps.

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Llanbedr Pont Steffan (Lampeter)

Accredited since: 2019

The Town of Lampeter was delighted to learn that it had received Certification of Accreditation as a Member of Walkers are Welcome C.I.C. on 5th. November, 2019. There has always been a welcome for walkers in Lampeter, and there has been a thriving and dynamic Ramblers Society in the town for many years. Because of this, much of the criteria for accreditation already existed.

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Llandysul

Accredited since: 2007

Llandysul and Pont-Tyweli are separated by the River Teifi, in an ancient river valley, surrounded by woodland and farmland.

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Llanwrtyd Wells

Accredited since: 2018

Llanwrtyd Wells is the smallest town in Britain. We are situated at the Heart of Wales on the edge of the Cambrian moutains. The town is famous for event tourism. We hold many iconic events such as Man V Horse, World Alternative Games and World Bog Snorkelling. We are also a town with a long and proud tradition of organising long-distance walking events. We were the first town in the Uk to organise an International Walking Festival. We also hold several fun walking events that are organised around themes, such as the well-known Real Ale Ramble.

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Loftus

Accredited since: 2015

The town name Loftus is derived from the historic name Lofthouse which is recorded in Domesday as Loctvsv ( from Lacht-hus or low houses) and is described by the historian Ord as a settlement of great antiquity.The Town is located north of the Cleveland Dyke and approximately 1 mile south of the England Coastal Path at Hummersea Point.The area has had settled communities since early Neolithic times and the ancient paths connecting Coast to Moors are still walked today.

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Ludlow

Accredited since: 2014

Ludlow is not just a beautiful historic market town with a reputation for good food but is also fantastic for walking. The town is surrounded by the gorgeous countryside of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Mortimer Forest, Mortimer Country and North Herefordshire. There are varied walks in all directions – along riversides, through forests, farmland, to ancient heritage sites such as hill forts and to the top of some impressive hills such as Titterstone Clee Hill which dominates the Ludlow skyline.

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Market Weighton

Accredited since: 2007

Market Weighton is a small town, population a little over 6,ooo The town is at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds with many walks and trails leading off in all directions, up onto the Wolds Way, along the old rail track to Beverley also you can head south along the old Market Weighton canal.
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Marsden

Accredited since: 2010

Marsden is a large village with a population of approx 4400, nestled at the top of the Colne Valley, West Yorkshire. Marsden is an ideal walking location, located midway between the conurbations of Manchester and Leeds and situated close to the northern edge of the Peak District, near to the Pennine Way. It is surrounded by open moorland and offers river, canal and woodland walks, too. As well as c.30 miles of WaW waymarked routes, there are over 60 miles of public footpaths available to walk.

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Martley

Accredited since: 2007

A community of around 1300 7 miles to the West of Worcester with western boundary as the River Teme. The East Malvern Fault runs through the parish dividing the area into a flattish flood plain and hillier and more ancient rocks. There are 7 geological periods in the parish. We provide two long distance walks, 3 dedicated to geology and 9 general circulars. 2 local pubs, good shop and garage, secondary and primary schools, village hall, sports field, sports centre, Norman Church with oldest set of 6 bells in the country, well used. A number of small businesses, much agriculture.

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Meltham

Accredited since: 2013

Meltham is a small town and civil parish within the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, in West Yorkshire, England. It lies in the Holme Valley, below Wessenden Moor, four and a half miles south-west of Huddersfield on the edge of the Peak District National Park. It had a population of 9108 at the 2021 census. Meltham is surrounded by a network of public rights of way, including several waymarked and documented routes. It is 2.7 miles from the Pennine Way. Meltham centre is well supported by local shops, cafes and pubs and has free car parking.

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Montgomery

Accredited since: 2016

Montgomery is the tiny old county town of Montgomeryshire; a Border town steeped in history and lost in time with its mediaeval street plan and Georgian frontages all set in the glorious, varied and unspoilt countryside of the Welsh Marches. This is superb walking country and the town’s cafes and other traditional businesses give a very warm welcome to walkers.

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Much Wenlock

Accredited since: 2011

Much Wenlock is a beautiful medieval town, the birthplace of Dr William Penny Brookes, the inspiration for the modern Olympic Movement. A small town, it is popular with visitors who enjoy the traditional shops, architecture, history and the walks in the beautiful Shropshire countryside, including the magnificent Wenlock Edge escarpment.

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New Mills

Accredited since: 2013

New Mills lies on the edge of the Peak District within the High Peak district of Derbyshire. The town is proud of its industrial heritage but is predominantly a rural parish. Our pride and joy is “The Torrs”, a sandstone gorge at the confluence of the rivers Goyt and Sett, featuring the iconic Millennium Walkway.

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Newton Stewart

Accredited since: 2009

Newton Stewart is a small market town in rural Galloway, south west Scotland. We are the Gateway to the Galloway Hills and have the Galloway Forest Park, the Galloway Dark Skies Park, Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Reserve and the Solway coast on our doorstep.

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Otley

Accredited since: 2007

Otley, in the Wharfedale Valley, is a thriving historic market town with a population of fourteen thousand plus. It has a beautiful setting beside the River Wharfe, and below the wooded escarpment known as The Chevin. Otley is surrounded by spectacular countryside with an attractive riverside and many paths and rights of way leading out of Otley. It links to several long distance walks, being the starting point for our the 38-mile ‘Six Dales Trail’ from Otley to Middleham, and the ‘Welcome Way’ a 28-mile circular walk around (and published and maintained by the WAW towns of) Otley, Burley in Wharfedale, Bingley and Baildon. Otley is also a flourishing shopping location with many pubs, cafes and shops, as well as national and retail chains. The town has been a centre for TV and film industry for many years.

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Overton

Accredited since: 2016

Overton is a is a pretty village with many nice eateries and pubs, enjoying good public transport links. It offers a variety of rural walks over easy and medium terrain which can be unusual in a country location. The walks vary from 1.8 miles to over 10 miles for those who love to stride out. We have walks that are buggy, wheelchair and dog friendly in a relaxed unhurried landscape.

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Pateley Bridge

Accredited since: 2010

Yorkshire market town in Nidderdale AONB on Nidderdale Way and Six Dales Trail with an award winning high street (great butchers, tea shops, pubs, baker, etc). In the middle of the ‘Yorkshire Lake District’ and surrounded by great walks for all ages and abilities. Only 14 miles from Harrogate

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Pewsey & The Vale

Accredited since:

Pewsey is the largest village in this rural part of Wiltshire. Pewsey & The Vale is in the North Wessex Downs National Landscape, which recognises the natural beauty and distinct characteristics that are so outstanding that they should be protected for the nation and future generations. Located on the Great West Way®, Wansdyke and Ridgeway are to the north with Mid-Wilts Way and Kennet & Avon Canal at its centre. The Pewsey Vale Circular Way is a long-distance walking, riding and cycling route with the Vale of Pewsey at its heart.

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Prestatyn & Meliden

Accredited since: 2007

Prestatyn is well known for its beautiful walks with stunning surroundings and the start or end of the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail. Conveniently situated at the northern end of the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Prestatyn provides a wonderful base for walking enthusiasts.

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Ross-on-Wye

Accredited since: 2009

Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, has long held WaW accreditation. It is a quirky little market town sitting high on an escarpment overlooking great horseshoe bends in the River Wye. Walking in the Ross area has something for everyone, from flat riverside paths to steep climbs, fields and woodland – and amazing panoramic views! It remains a hidden gem to escape the bustle of tourism & walking hotspots. Do come and explore…!

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