Family Walks Leaflet Launched in Snaith

Snaith Walkers Are Welcome launched a new Family Walks Leaflet on July 19th at Snaith Primary School. The front cover was designed by a pupil from the school. 185 children from Snaith and Cowick schools submitted entries and we chose 10 finalists who all received an I Spy Countryside Book.
The winner was presented with a book token for £25 from The Town Mayor.
The leaflet, that details three family walks, was distributed to the children on the last day of term and is now also available at outlets in Snaith.

Whitchurch, Hampshire Walkers are Welcome – CPRE Countryside Finalists!

Walkers are Welcome Whitchurch, Hampshire were delighted to hear that following a successful site visit by the judging panel, they had won through to the final of the CPRE’s Hampshire Countryside Awards 2018. The public now vote for their preferred project….there’s some stiff competition and Whitchurch has a population of less than 5,000, so please support them by voting and spreading the word.

Find them on Facebook to see just some of the things they are putting in place to help maintain the public rights of way in and around Whitchurch, to promote and extend walking opportunities and how they are involving young people in supporting the town and countryside.

The bus walk leaflets produced last autumn with a Partnership Grant from Stagecoach South have extended the range of published walks around Whitchurch and have proved very popular with locals and visitors to the town and the promotional work they have carried out has seen more walking groups visit this year, bringing a boost to the local economy.

Whitchurch WaW currently have 60 adult volunteers (a core of 30) ably supported by 80 enthusiastic young people from the Scouts and Explorer Scouts, all getting out in to the countryside, repairing footpaths, cutting back vegetation, replacing stiles with gates and litter picking. Since autumn 2015 they  have racked up 3,000 hours of volunteer time.

Marsden WaW launch the inaugural Marsden Walking Weekend

Marsden Walkers are Welcome are busy putting the finishing touches to a weekend of walks, talks, film and food.

The weekend will run across 15th and 16th of September this year, during the South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival.

As well as coinciding with the Walk and Ride Festival, the weekend will see the launch of five redesigned waymarked route leaflets, as well as the launch of The Marsden Film and Television Trail. The Film and TV Trail is a 4-mile circular walk around the village that uncovers some of the locations made famous by film and television companies over the last few decades.

The weekend features a great choice of guided walks: from woodland to moorland, from shorter walks to more challenging hikes (the themed ‘Poetry Trail’ creates a loop 10 miles long across beautiful, rugged moorland).

As well as the walks (some being family friendly) the weekend comprises of stalls in The Mechanics Institute from a host of community and ‘outdoorsy’ organisations and vendors, plus daytime and evening food as well as evening music and film and bar (of course!).

See for more information.

MacGrumpy in Kirkby Stephen

Kirkby Stephen & District Walkers are Welcome are indebted to local resident, Peter Goddard, aka MacGrumpy, who has been hiding Geocaches in the Kirkby Stephen area and periodically updates the group on his progress. He has placed and continually monitors over sixty sites which bring new and repeat visitors to join this modern hide and seek using GPS. Enthusiasts travel some distance and  spring into action as soon as they hear that there is a new cache to find. This brings an added dimension to local walk publications and attracts another, particularly family, audience.
Here are some of the lovely comments that finders have left:
‘Found whilst on a great vacation to East Cumbria and the Eden Valley. Lovely location and seen some great places that we would otherwise not have seen without Geocaching.’

‘Second find today. Thanks for bringing us to places we normally drive by…’

‘Went straight to this one, hard to extract, but fortunately I’d brought a trained urchin with small fingers. Last for the day, now off to the Co-op for a bottle of whisky to celebrate my 2,000th find earlier in the day.’

‘Our lovely neighbour in the South Lakes came from a farming family in Hartley, we ourselves love Kirkby Stephen and it’s surroundings so we were delighted to see a new series pop up to augment the Poetry Path.
We thought this a great series, helped by the fact that we found all nine caches – two with considerable difficulty.’

‘It was a lovely and unexpected walk through this part of town, which we had not seen before – well worth a visit.’

‘On our way to Keswick from Northants and came for a mooch in Kirkby Stephen after visiting Newbiggin on Lune where my parents used to live. I remember Frank’s Bridge so brought my family down to it and of course I had to look for the cache. Hung around to take a few photos. Thanks for giving me an excuse to revisit this beautiful location.’

‘Passing through after a weekend away stopping off for coffee cake and cache thanks.’

Thank you MacGrumpy.
Why don’t you go  and find one of their Geocaches?

Spilsby Town Trail launch

Spilsby and Hundleby Walkers are Welcome have recently produced a 1 mile walking trail of Spilsby, the birthplace of Sir John Franklin, Arctic explorer. Franklin is more famous for the disappearance of his two expedition ships and entire crew in 1845, but is better known in Canada than at home. SAHWAW decided to rectify this, and with the assistance of East Lindsey District Council, they created a leaflet that tells the story of Sir John, from his birth to his final disappearance and the expeditions mounted to discover his fate. On the reverse is a trail around the town, looking at places either associated with, or named after, Franklin. A launch was held in May as part of the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival, and the initial guided walks were attended by over 50 people, ranging from a baby in a pram to a grandmother on a mobility scooter. There was extensive radio and TV coverage, and the leaflets are already proving very popular. SAHWAW’s next project is to resurrect a local footpath trail known as The Franklin Way which has fallen into disuse. Five members of the Steering Group (Andy and Denise Rowland, Stef Round, Veronica and David Stonehouse) are pictured  with the leaflets.

Boroughbridge Walkers Are Welcome announce their summer programme of walks

Boroughbridge Walkers Are Welcome are organising the first of their summer programme of walks on Saturday 23rd June starting from St James Square Boroughbridge at 11 am.
This is an easy walk along the river towards Aldborough and back and is suitable for families with young children or anyone just wanting some exercise and fresh air. No need to book, no charge.
All welcome, dogs on short leads please.
Further information find them on Facebook or tel 01423322988

Kate Ashbrook to launch the new Telford T50 50 mile trail

Wellington Walkers are Welcome have been heavily involved in the creation of a new 50-mile trail to mark Telford’s 50th Anniversary. They are pleased to announce that the trail will be opened on June 16th by Walkers are Welcome patron Kate Ashbrook.
On that day the trail will be walked in its entirety by the local LDWA group and run as a relay by Telford Harriers . Various sections will be walked by others, including Telford and East Shropshire Ramblers and Walking for Health, Telford and Wrekin.
The trail links many of Telford’s green spaces and is mainly off road on footpaths, bridleways and multi-user routes. It includes The Wrekin and the Ironbridge Gorge, as well as lesser known areas. See

Cotswold Hares are coming to Dursley

Cotswold Hares are coming to Dursley as part of Cotswold AONB’s 2018 Hare Trail.
The Cotswolds Conservation Board have teamed up with the Hare Trail organisers, including Dursley Town Council to help conserve, enhance, explore and enjoy the special qualities of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), whilst encouraging everyone from art aficionados and nature lovers to social media snappers to visit new attractions, hidden hills and valleys, quiet corners and busy market towns along the trail including Dursley.
Dursley has become the home to 7 Hares including the one pictured which was on display at the Annual Town Meeting recently.

Walkers Are Welcome Liskeard stall big draw at town’s community fair

Liskeard Spring Community Fair saw the Town Hall packed with stalls representing local charities, voluntary organisations and community groups, with hundreds of people coming through the door to find out what goes on, and how they can get involved. There was a real buzz at the Walkers are Welcome stall with great interest in the ‘Name the local landmarks’ competition – edible prizes were definitely an added attraction! Good fun and a great advertisement for WaW.

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