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Active Walkers are Welcome Towns

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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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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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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Wolsingham, County Durham

Accredited since: 2019

Wolsingham is the gateway of Weardale, one of County Durham’s rural country Dales. The area is north of the well know Yorkshire Dales, between Teesdale and Tynedale, but it is less well known and is largely undiscovered! Weardale is part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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Alton

Accredited since: 2019

Alton is a vibrant Walkers are Welcome town in Hampshire which truly has community spirit at its heart. Situated at the source of the River Wey and enjoying a stunning rural backdrop at the gateway of the South Downs National Park, Alton is known by many as ‘Jane Austen Country’ with its close ties to its charming neighbouring parish of Chawton. There is plenty to see and do in and around Alton and the town serves as a convenient base to explore the local area. The town is easily accessible by public transport, has direct road links from Winchester, Basingstoke and Guildford and is located just off the A31 with ample parking throughout the town.

We host one of the biggest and longest walking festivals in the country annually every May (with over 100 walks lasting all month long!), and we also host a smaller walking festival for a week every October. Our Festivals host a wide variety of walks led by knowledgeable volunteer walk leaders, offering an extensive programme of routes to suit all abilities. Whether you’re looking for a shorter stroll, a day long hike or themed walks including Foraging, Bat Walks, Ghost Walks and Town Walks, there is definitely a walk for you.

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Holmfirth

Accredited since: 2019

Against the stunning backdrop of the Peak District National Park, Holmfirth is a thriving town with speciality shops and markets, bespoke art and tempting treats, plus a packed events programme.
Fast flowing streams, moorland sheep, weavers’ cottages and impressive mills reflect Holmfirth’s proud history of producing world class woollen yarns and cloths. But it’s the valley’s landscapes and villages which have brought the area fame.

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Broseley

Accredited since: 2019

Broseley is an original industrial town, with three centuries of architecture mixed in a delightfully haphazard manner. Imposing properties built for ironmasters, alongside former squatters cottages nestled around narrow alleys called ‘jitties’. This heritage is surrounded by beautiful woods and dingles, with footpaths offering inspiring views across the Severn Gorge.

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Hayfield

Accredited since: 2019

Hayfield is a beautiful village (population 2,700) nestling in stunning Peak District scenery. Its proud association with the Kinder Mass Trespass, and vibrant community offers events throughout the year and facilities to accommodate walkers including six pubs, three cafes, an Italian restaurant, a campsite, and various small artisan shops.

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Llanbedr Pont Steffan (Lampeter)

Accredited since: 2019

The Town of Lampeter was delighted to learn that it had received Certification of Accreditation as a Member of Walkers are Welcome C.I.C. on 5th. November, 2019. There has always been a welcome for walkers in Lampeter, and there has been a thriving and dynamic Ramblers Society in the town for many years. Because of this, much of the criteria for accreditation already existed.

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Coleford

Accredited since: 2021

Coleford sits in the heart of The Forest Of Dean. Walking from Coleford in any direction you are immersed in the ancient Forest with walks to suit all ages and abilities. Symonds Yat Rock with breath-taking views over the Wye Valley, or discovering the industrial heritage of the area including mines and caves that sit alongside the natural beauty and add to its character.

The area as a whole is truly a hidden gem and many of you will recognise places in and around Coleford from the many films and TV series from Star Wars to Dr Who and more that have been filmed here.

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Shepton Mallet

Accredited since: 2021

Shepton Mallet is perfectly positioned to explore the countryside around us, nestled as it is at the gateway to the Mendip hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty criss-crossed with trails, footpaths and the remains of ancient and medieval industry and workings.

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Bampton

Accredited since: 2022

Bampton, an historic Charter Town, lies in the mid Devon rolling countryside close to the Somerset border, and is on the edge of the Exmoor National Park. A regional trail, the Exe Valley Way passes through the town and access to the coast to coast Two Moors Way is within 10 miles. There is a wide network of local footpaths that start and end in Bampton which have been captured in two local walking books published by Bampton Heritage and Visitor Centre who organise regular walking events.

The town centre is a conservation area, and the Heritage and Visitor Centre is situated within the 12th Century St Michael and All Angels Church. Bampton has Plastic free status and local businesses display the ‘Fill your water bottle’ symbol.
Bampton has a range of traditional shops selling local produce, as well as award winning pubs and restaurants and places to stay. It is a friendly, welcoming community with a thriving centre used by local villagers and visitors.

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Cowbridge

Accredited since: 2022

Cowbridge is a compact market town in the heart of the rural Vale of Glamorgan. The historic and bustling town centre is linked in all directions to an ancient network of public rights of way including an extensive elevated area of common land. Three castles plus several ancient churches are within easy walking distance. The varying gradients make for striking viewpoints across the vale and coast. The town itself is framed by a number of attractive village locations providing interest for the visitor. Overall, Cowbridge is an attractive destination with interesting history notably its medieval walls and south gate. It benefits from a classic high street with independent shops and a fantastic food and drink offer.

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Evesham

Accredited since: 2023

The medieval market town of Evesham lies in a loop of the River Avon around the site of its 8th century Benedictine Abbey and is steeped in history and surrounded by stunning countryside. Three long distance footpaths pass through the town and seven circular walks take in the heritage and beauty of the area, in particular the springtime blossom.

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Pewsey & The Vale

Accredited since:

Pewsey is the largest village in this rural part of Wiltshire. Pewsey & The Vale is in the North Wessex Downs National Landscape, which recognises the natural beauty and distinct characteristics that are so outstanding that they should be protected for the nation and future generations. Located on the Great West Way®, Wansdyke and Ridgeway are to the north with Mid-Wilts Way and Kennet & Avon Canal at its centre. The Pewsey Vale Circular Way is a long-distance walking, riding and cycling route with the Vale of Pewsey at its heart.

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