Active Walkers are Welcome Towns

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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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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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Horncastle

Accredited since: 2007

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Moffat

Accredited since: 2007

Moffat sits in the Southern Uplands close to the M74 motorway about 40 miles north of Carlisle. Moffat is renowned as a Victorian Spa town and is a great place to enjoy healthy living and a feeling of well being.The leisurely pace of life,its crisp clean air,its beautiful surroundings and great outdoors all contribute to an ideal location for visitors and the warm welcome they will receive.There are walks around Moffat to suit everyone -from a leisurely stroll along the waterside to a hike around Gallow Hill or the greater challenge in the local hills.Two long distance routes-the Southern Upland Way and the Annandale Way provide challenging opportunties.Local Hotels, cafes and restaurants will provide friendly hospitality.Details of local walks can be found at www.visitmoffat.co.uk

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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. 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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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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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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Whitchurch, Shropshire

Accredited since: 2007

A border market town, surrounded by undulating countryside with over 110 km of public rights of way in the urban & rural parishes. There is a regular Makers Market once a month & a weekly local market , it is served by good transport systems to larger towns and cities. We have a yearly Walking Festival in May .

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Wiveliscombe

Accredited since: 2007

A working town nestling in the Brendon Hills on the edge of Exmoor, near the Somerset/Devon border, with a range of shops, breweries, pubs, and campsites. An excellent base for exploring Exmoor and the North Somerset coast, 9 miles/17 mins from M5 Junction 26. Free parking.

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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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Prestatyn & Meliden

Accredited since: 2007

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Deal

Accredited since: 2007

Deal is a town with a heritage of walking as a leisure pursuit and strolling on the 3½ mile prom and along the pier remains the most popular leisure activity. Beyond there is cliff top walking to the south, easy flat coasts to the north and rolling countryside inland.

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Dunster

Accredited since: 2007

Dunster is probably the best preserved medieval village in England with its cobbled streets and historic buildings including Dunster Castle, the Tithe Barn and ancient Yarn Market. With its location being within Exmoor National Park there are hundreds of miles of waymarked paths to explore, both linear and circular starting from the village.

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Dursley

Accredited since: 2007

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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Corsham

Accredited since: 2007

Corsham is an historic market town set in wonderful walking country beside the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town’s old limestone buildings and stone tiled roofs have appeared in many film and TV productions. Although close to busy Bath and Chippenham, peacocks often wander the town’s quiet streets.

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Liskeard

Accredited since: 2007

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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Winchcombe

Accredited since: 2009

Winchcombe is an attractive, Saxon market town set in a valley in the glorious north Cotswolds. Walkers can explore the extensive network of well maintained footpaths, including the Cotswold Way and five other trails. A website aimed at walkers suggests where to walk, eat, sleep and visit. A welcome awaits.

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Ross-on-Wye

Accredited since: 2009

Ross-on-Wye, one of five market towns in Herefordshire, was the 29th town to gain WaW accreditation. Walking in the Ross area has something for everyone, from flat riverside paths to steep climbs, fields and woodland. Ross is the only town that is entirely inside the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Ross claims to be the birthplace of the modern package tour as in the 18th Century the local Vicar organised package trips by boat to Chepstow. The Ross WaW Group specialises in providing led walks for visiting groups.

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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 Cumbria. With the stunning landscapes of the Western 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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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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