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Denby Dale & District

Accredited since: 2012

The Denby Dale district includes the villages of Denby Dale itself; Birdsedge & High Flatts; Clayton West; Upper & Lower Cumberworth;
Upper & Lower Denby; Emley & Emley Moor; Scissett & Skelmanthorpe. An area of beautiful countryside, it has an excellent network of PRoWs – and a rich and fascinating heritage.

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St Dogmaels

Accredited since: 2012

St Dogmaels, at the edge of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, is on the Wales Coast Path and Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
The village centres on the ruins of the 12th century Abbey and visitor centre.
A mile North lies Poppit Sands blue flag beach with dunes, café and marshes

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Talgarth

Accredited since: 2012

Welcome to Talgarth at the foot of the Black Mountains in the eastern part of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Talgarth is an ideal base for visitors wishing to explore the area whether it’s the high peaks or the lush pastures of the Wye and the Usk valleys.

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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 8,089 at the 2001 census, which was estimated to have increased to 8,600 by 2005. The population assessed at the 2011 Census was 8,534. Meltham is surrounded by a network of public rights of way, including 10 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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Snaith

Accredited since: 2013

SNAITH is a former market town having gained a charter from King Henry III in 1223. It was a very busy and important inland port until the 18th century. King Edward II built a Manor House nearby in the 1320’s and parliament sat here. The largest medieval royal deer park in England came right up to the edge of the town.

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Bollington

Accredited since: 2013

Nicknamed the ‘Happy Valley’, Bollington sits on the South-Western edge of the Peak District with its iconic landmark, White Nancy rising above the Town. A landscape of quaint stone cottages, majestic mills and mill chimneys provides a backdrop for some wonderful walks, brimful of history and heritage.

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Elham

Accredited since: 2013

A charming sleepy old village full of historic interest nestling in the beautiful Elham Valley in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is where Audrey Hepburn spend her childhood…. what more can we say?

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Alston Moor

Accredited since: 2013

For many walkers the introduction to Alston Moor is the walk up from Dufton on the Pennine Way, over Cross Fell and down in to the picturesque village of Garrigill at the head of the South Tyne valley. This encompasses what Alston Moor has to offer – high Pennine hills with large tracts of open moorland interspersed by quiet picturesque valleys providing a wide variety of walking opportunities ranging from a leisurely stroll around Alston to an energetic climb up to some of the high points of the Pennines.

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Dursley

Accredited since: 2013

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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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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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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Keynsham

Accredited since: 2013

Market town midway between Bath and Bristol,

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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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Trefriw

Accredited since: 2014

A small village (of some 700 residents) in the beautiful Conwy Valley, nestling in the foothills of the Carneddau mountains.

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Burley in Wharfedale

Accredited since: 2014

Burley in Wharfedale is a community of around 7,500 people and lies on the River Wharfe mid-way between Ilkley and Otley on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. With its associated hamlets of Burley Woodhead and Stead it covers 4.9 square miles about half of which is moorland at a height of 300 metres and above.

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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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Whitchurch, Hampshire

Accredited since: 2015

Nestling in the upper reaches of the world famous River Test chalk stream, Whitchurch is Hampshire’s smallest town.
This part of North Hampshire is a tale of two halves, from the gentle walking of the river valleys and meadows to the ancient flinty tracks, high chalk ridges and steep valleys of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is Hampshire walking country without the crowds.

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Bingley

Accredited since: 2015

Bingley is a small market town in the Aire Valley, with a population of just under 20,000. It is home to the famous 3 and 5 rise locks on the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Bingley has excellent rail links and is a good centre for walking with plentiful cafes and pubs.

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Cheddar

Accredited since: 2015

The village of Cheddar, on the edge of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is famous around the world. It has the country’s largest gorge, the famous caves, and is the birthplace of Cheddar cheese. It is also where Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton was discovered.

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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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