Active Walkers are Welcome Towns

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Forres

Accredited since: 2016

Forres is a former royal burgh situated in the north of Scotland. We are surrounded by a rich variety of landscapes, from the Moray Firth coast, to open moors, forests and river gorges; a wealth of historic sites; fascinating wildlife and world-famous distilleries.

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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.

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The Stoweys

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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Barnard Castle

Accredited since: 2017

Barnard Castle is bustling, historic market town, nestling in the south-west corner of County Durham and forming the gateway to the wonderful and wild landscape of Upper Teesdale. Walking opportunities abound across meadows, moors, riverbanks and fells, whilst the town offers ample and excellent accommodation and eating choices.

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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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Shotley

Accredited since: 2017

A village on the southernmost tip of the Shotley Peninsula 9 miles South West of Suffolk's County town of Ipswich. Located directly opposite the Port of Felixstowe across the River Orwell, and the Port of Harwich across the River Stour.

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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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Clare

Accredited since: 2017

Clare is the smallest Town in Suffolk. It is a Wool Town, situated in the Stour Valley, amongst rolling countryside that is perfect for walking.
It represents Suffolk in a nutshell, with a Norman castle, country park, river, medieval buildings, independent shops and much much more......

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Haxey Parish

Accredited since: 2017

Haxey Parish is a large rural area with over 40 miles of footpaths. It is located in the Isle of Axholme whch has many historic connections. E.g.the 12th century St Nicholas church, the Haxey Hood ancient “game” that takes place every year on 6th January. There are also Sites of Special Scientific Interest featuring rare flora.
Haxey is also on a hill ( the former Isle before the drainage of the surrounding land in the 17th century ) and offers long distance views of the surrounding countryside.
Three long distance foot paths also past through the Parish. These are ;-
Trent Valley Way ( length 77 miles )
Peatland Way ( length 50 miles )
Vermuyden Way ( length 25 miles )

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Henley-on-Thames

Accredited since: 2018

Small market town situated in South Oxfordshire, on the River Thames and on the edge of the Chiltern Hills. The Thames Path National Trail passes through Henley and The Oxfordshire Way starts in Henley. The town has many well marked paths in the locality and also there are a host of hotels, cafes, pubs and B&Bs.

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Frome

Accredited since: 2018

Frome is a welcoming, charming and vibrant town with a wealth of history, culture and natural beauty. Packed with historic buildings, beautiful independent shops and creative people, Frome is a wonderfully eventful town. It is the perfect destination for discerning tourists looking for something a little bit different.

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Middleton-in-Teesdale

Accredited since: 2018

Situated on the northern bank of the River Tees (5 miles south of High Force) in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the small market town of Middleton-in-Teesdale is an ideal base for those who want to escape the crowds. Its mass of footpaths allow walkers to explore not just the beauty of the area (its waterfalls, hay meadows, dales and moorland), but also the remarkable history, geology and botany for which it is internationally famous. Three long distance trails (the Pennine Way, Pennine Journey and Teesdale Way) pass through the town which provides a rich variety of places for walkers to eat, drink and stay.

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Eye

Accredited since: 2018

Eye is a “small but perfectly formed” market town in North Suffolk, close to the Norfolk Border. It is an historic town with many listed buildings and a Town Hall designed by the “rogue” architect Sir Edward Buckton Lamb in 1856. Set in a beautiful undulating rural area, famous for its East Anglia enormous skies, you will be able to enjoy walks along grassy footpaths and country lanes returning to the town for a bite to eat or even stay over at a B&B. The pub and the local shops are ready to welcome you. You may even catch a local event in full swing!

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Llanwrtyd Wells

Accredited since: 2018

Llanwrtyd Wells is the smallest town in Britain. We are situated at the Heart of Wales on the edge of the Cambrian moutains. The town is famous for event tourism. We hold many iconic events such as Man V Horse, World Alternative Games and World Bog Snorkelling. We are also a town with a long and proud tradition of organising long-distance walking events. We were the first town in the Uk to organise an International Walking Festival. We also hold several fun walking events that are organised around themes, such as the well-known Real Ale Ramble.

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Langholm

Accredited since: 2018

The Langholm area is characterised by beautiful river valleys between green, rounded hills. The hills in the area covered by The Langholm Walks Booklet are not of great height - The highest point is 1705ft.- but many of them command magnificent views. The valleys of the Rivers Esk, Ewes, and Wauchope waters are extensively explored and contain many lovely corners that can only be reached on foot.

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