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Active Walkers are Welcome Towns

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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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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Corsham

Accredited since: 2014

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 medieval streets.

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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 along the river valleys and meadows to the ancient flinty tracks, high chalk ridges and steep valleys of the North Wessex Downs National Landscape. This is Hampshire walking country without the crowds. Whitchurch Mill Trail – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXIHZQ2rzYg

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Bingley

Accredited since: 2015

Bingley is a small market town in the Aire Valley, with a population of just over 18,000. It is home to the famous 3 and 5 rise locks on the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Bingley has excellent rail links, buses up and down the Aire Valley every 10 minutes 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 National Landscape, 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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Disley

Accredited since: 2015

Disley in north-east Cheshire sits at the edge of the Peak District, within easy reach of Manchester, Stockport and Buxton by bus and train, and in the midst of varied scenery that includes the wooded valley of the River Goyt, Pennine moorland and the meandering Peak Forest Canal. Over 36 kilometres of well-signposted and well-maintained footpaths offer gentle rambles and more strenuous walks. The Gritstone Trail starts at the rail station and Lyme Park (National Trust) is within easy walking distance.

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Loftus

Accredited since: 2015

The town name Loftus is derived from the historic name Lofthouse which is recorded in Domesday as Loctvsv ( from Lacht-hus or low houses) and is described by the historian Ord as a settlement of great antiquity.The Town is located north of the Cleveland Dyke and approximately 1 mile south of the England Coastal Path at Hummersea Point.The area has had settled communities since early Neolithic times and the ancient paths connecting Coast to Moors are still walked today.

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Dereham

Accredited since: 2016

Dereham is a market town in the centre of Norfolk, its varied walking routes linking to the Norfolk Trails network and the developing England Coast Path. The town has shops, cafés and pubs, with many interesting places to visit, including Dereham Windmill, the Mid-Norfolk Railway and Bishop Bonner’s Cottage Museum.

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Dover

Accredited since: 2016

Dover is an excellent place to come and explore natural beauty and heritage at its finest! Nestled in between the White Cliffs and the Kent Downs AONB the town hosts a fantastic range of shops, pubs, brewery and accommodation providers, all giving walkers visiting Dover a warm welcome. Dover is on the North Downs Way, English Coast Path and the Via Francigena. The White Cliffs County (Dover, Deal and Sandwich) hosts an annual walking festival at the end of August each year.

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Stowey (Nether & Over)

Accredited since: 2016

Both Nether Stowey and Over Stowey lie at the foot of the stunning Quantock Hills in West Somerset. The name Stowey comes from the Old English for ‘paved road’ which is fitting for the villages having welcomed walkers for hundreds of years. Nether Stowey with its shops, B&Bs and pubs is at the start of the Coleridge Way, named after the poet who wrote some of his most famous work there. The smaller settlement of Over Stowey clusters around the church of St Peter and St Paul, the parish however encompasses a substantial area of farmland and open access land on the Quantock Hills.

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Todmorden

Accredited since: 2016

This is a very varied terrain – small towns and villages nestling in the lower wooded valleys; a middle ‘shelf’ of ancient small farms, and the original hamlets; moorland dotted with reservoirs with splendid views across the Pennine hills. We are a welcoming people with a long history of walking.

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Montgomery

Accredited since: 2016

Montgomery is the tiny old county town of Montgomeryshire; a Border town steeped in history and lost in time with its mediaeval street plan and Georgian frontages all set in the glorious, varied and unspoilt countryside of the Welsh Marches. This is superb walking country and the town’s cafes and other traditional businesses give a very warm welcome to walkers.

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Overton

Accredited since: 2016

Overton is a is a pretty village with many nice eateries and pubs, enjoying good public transport links. It offers a variety of rural walks over easy and medium terrain which can be unusual in a country location. The walks vary from 1.8 miles to over 10 miles for those who love to stride out. We have walks that are buggy, wheelchair and dog friendly in a relaxed unhurried landscape.

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Spilsby and Hundleby

Accredited since: 2017

Spilsby and Hundleby are an adjoining town and village on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, with walks available towards the coast, out onto the Fens and into the Wolds. Plenty of places to eat and stay.

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Fairford

Accredited since: 2017

Welcome to Fairford, Gloucestershire,
a town where Walkers are Welcome, and a good place to visit.
Fairford, a lively, small market town in Gloucestershire (population C5,000), welcomes visitors, especially walkers. Our walks leaflets will help you appreciate the local area and its history. There’s something for everyone!

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