Active Walkers are Welcome Towns

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

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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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 home of The Yorkshire Vet is on the edge of the Vale Of York at the start of The 150 Mile circular walk around 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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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

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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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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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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Bishop's Castle

Accredited since: 2007

Bishop's Castle is a small market town on the Wales/England border surrounded by stunningly beautiful hill country, most of it in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has two successful breweries, 6 pubs and lots of small, independent shops. The Town Hall is a 18th century building over looking the town which hosts the tourist information office for the area. There is a good music scene with lots of local bands and regular gigs in pubs. There is also many festivals and events in the town from the Real Ale Trial to Midsummer Rejoicing. There are a good selection of local walking leaflets and nearly all our visitors enjoy the hill walking here.

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Mytholmroyd

Accredited since: 2007

The name Mytholmroyd means “clearing where rivers meet” and the village is at the confluence of the Elphin Brook, which flows through Cragg Vale, and the River Calder. Mytholmroyd is famous as the birthplace of the late poet laureate, Ted Hughes. His first wife, Sylvia Plath is buried in nearby Heptonstall.

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Lynton and Lynmouth

Accredited since: 2007

Located on the stunning North Devon coast and surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of Exmoor National Park, it's easy to see the appeal of Lynton & Lynmouth as a top walking holiday destination.
From the dramatic and rugged coastline and open moors to secluded river valleys and wooded cleaves, it's amazing to find such a rich and varied landscape within this small, yet outstandingly beautiful corner of England.

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Charlbury

Accredited since: 2007

Charlbury is a typical Cotswold Market Town on the Eastern edge of the Cotswolds AONB. There are good walking routes in all directions and refreshment and accommodation is available. We are on the Cotswold mainline to London and also bus service from Oxford.

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Cilgerran

Accredited since: 2008

Cilgerran is in North Pembrokeshire, West Wales. It is very close to Cardigan and about 5 miles from the sea at Poppit Sands.
Come and visit our medieval castle, the Teifi Gorge, the Teifi Marshes nature reserve (with water buffalo in the summer months!) and explore the rolling countryside around the village. The fields, woodlands and gentle hills have an excellent network of paths, which are kept in good condition by the Walkers are Welcome group and Pembrokeshire County Council.
Walks take you to hidden valleys, across farmland or to historic churches, not to mention views of the coast and the magical Preseli hills. Many walks are accessible by bus.
The village has a great little shop selling local produce. There are also three pubs, and a wide range of accommodation is available locally.

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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 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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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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Wiveliscombe

Accredited since: 2009

Wiveliscombe is a small, vibrant, friendly community on the edge of Exmoor, the Balckdown and Brendon hills and the nearby coast. There is a myriad of well maintained footpaths, some near national trails, readily reached from The Town Square.
Wiveliscombe is easily accessed from the M5 motorway and Taunton Railway / Coach station which makes a visit to this little known part of Somerset well worthwhile.

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XYZ

Accredited since: 2009

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