In mid June Wellington Walkers are Welcome were delighted to host Kate Ashbrook, the patron of Walkers are Welcome, in Wellington. Kate and her hosts walked up The Wrekin, then, on the Saturday Kate opened the Telford T50 50 mile trail. This has been developed by a consortium of Telford Walking organisations, including Wellington Walkers are Welcome and the Telford and East Shropshire Ramblers. The 50 mile route links Telford’s open spaces (yes, there are many of them, including The Wrekin) in celebration of Telford’s 50th Anniversary.
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 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 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
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 www.telfordt5050miletrail.org.uk
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.
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.
Despite the poor weather conditions, a hardy band of walkers celebrated the 5th Anniversary of the opening of the Caradon Trail, with a 5 mile hike organised by Liskeard’s Walkers are Welcome group and led by Brian Oldham, taking in part of the World Heritage Site around Tokenbury and the Marke valley. As the mist lifted and the rain clouds departed the walkers enjoyed the views as well as seeing remains of the local mining past and hearing insightful anecdotes of life in the industrial 1800’s, which brought prosperity to Liskeard and the surrounding area.”
In partnership with Snaith & Rawcliffe Medical Group, The Walkers Are Welcome Group has launched a Health Trail in Snaith, aimed at people recovering from ill health or who feel that regular outdoor exercise will keep them healthy. Leaflets are available at the Health Centre and Chemist in Snaith. It is hoped that people will use the trail and graduate to longer walks, then possibly join one of the short guided-walks that leave the station Car Park at 10am every Tuesday. These offer good exercise as well as social stimulation.