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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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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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 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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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 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 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 a successful breweries, the oldest in the country, and 5 pubs and lots of small, independent shops. The Town Hall is an 18th century Grade 11* 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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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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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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Tadcaster

Accredited since: 2007

A small, historic town midway between York and Leeds which is famous for its breweries and beer. Accessible by car from the A1 and M1 and served by the CoastLiner bus service from Leeds and York. Tadcaster is surrounded by quiet, gentle countryside. After a walk visit the many pubs and cafes in the town.

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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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Cilgerran

Accredited since: 2008

Cilgerran is a large village in North Pembrokeshire, West Wales. We are very close to Cardigan, the Teifi estuary and Gorge and only about 4 miles from the wonderful beach at Poppit Sands.
Come and visit our medieval castle, the Teifi Marshes nature reserve and Welsh Wildlife Centre and explore the rolling countryside around the village. We have an excellent local network of paths taking you to hidden valleys, the Wales Coast Path, historic churches or the magical Preseli hills.
Cilgerran has an award-winning village shop selling a wide range of local produce (Siop y Pentre). There is also an excellent range of pubs and restaurants nearby and a good choice of accommodation within the area.

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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, 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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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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Wellington

Accredited since: 2010

Wellington is just north of the iconic Wrekin Hill in Shropshire. Although part of Telford it has its own identity as a market town (since 1244). Locally there is much of geological, archaeological and ecological interest. It has excellent transport links having a railway station and being just off the M54.

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