Walkers are Welcome Towns by Name

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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Golcar and Slaithwaite

Accredited since: 2013

Golcar and Slaithwaite are two mill towns located in the Colne Valley to the west of Huddersfield.
The area has a rich industrial heritage and a wide range of valley, moorland and canalside walks.

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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

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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Henley-on-Thames

Accredited since: 2018

Small market town situated in South Oxfordshire, on the River Thames and on the edge of the Chiltern Hills. When it comes to walking in Henley, there is something for everyone; from short guided historic tours and nature trails to riverside walks and long country rambles. The Thames Path National Trail passes through Henley as does The Wokingham Way; The Oxfordshire Way starts in Henley and In addition the Chiltern Way passes through some of the villages in our patch. The town has many well marked paths in the locality and also there are a host of hotels, cafes, pubs and B&Bs some of which are Walkers are Welcome members ( for more details see http://walkhenley.co.uk/waw-businesses/ )

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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, quaint 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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Horncastle

Accredited since: 2007

Horncastle is a market town in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire.
Horncastle lies to the south of the Lincolnshire Wolds and has become nationally recognised for its numerous antique shops and centres. Horncastle remains an unspoilt market town, offering a wide range of traditional shops and pubs.

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Ilfracombe

Accredited since: 2012

Ilfracombe is a town of some 12000 people, situated on the north Devon coast, within the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is much for visitors to see and do: walking, water sports, attractions or just wandering about the town and tasting the fantastic local food on offer.

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Kilsyth

Accredited since:

Situated halfway between Glasgow and Stirling, Kilsyth has a rich industrial heritage. The Antonine Wall and John Muir Way cross Scotland nearby to the south and the Kilsyth Hills and Campsie Fells rise to the north of the town. There is a dense network of paths in the area linking the town with surrounding villages, nature reserves and places of historical interest.

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Kington

Accredited since: 2011

Friendly and relaxed with a network of 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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Kinlochleven

Accredited since: 2015

Kinlochleven is a small village of less than 800 inhabitants and nestles in the mountains behind Glen Coe on the West Highland Way in the Highlands of Scotland. A series of footpaths wind their way around the village, leading to more difficult walks including the Devil's Staircase and several Munros.

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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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Knighton

Accredited since: 2011

The area around Knighton in Powys is perfect walking country. Knighton is unique in Wales in that two National Trails meet here – Offa’s Dyke Path and Glyndwr’s Way. The accolade of two National Trails is just a small indication of the profusion of walking opportunities here.
Whether you want to potter along gentle paths and country lanes, nordic walk or strike out through the high country on one of the long distance paths you will find what you want here.

You can find maps for our Knighton Town Trail and Knighton Nature Trail plus many more walks on our website visitknighton.co.uk

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Lampeter Llanbedr Pont Steffan

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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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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Leominster

Accredited since: 2014

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Liskeard

Accredited since: 2011

Between the moors and the sea, set in the gorgeous Cornish landscape, Liskeard is the ideal base for walkers with varied circular walks, walking groups, organised walks and quality accommodation. The coast and moors are close by so - whether walking alone or in a group - Liskeard welcomes all walkers.

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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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