Local residents in Baildon have set themselves to rid Baildon of litter. In total 87 bags of litter were collected in January from various locations in Baildon. Further litter picks are being arranged for 3/4 February and 3/4 March.


* BAILDON WALKERS ARE WELCOME START A NEW PROGRAMME OF “SECOND SATURDAY WALKS”. On Saturday 10 March, the first of a new monthly series of “Second Saturday Guided Walks will start with a walk entitled “To Menston for Memories and Munching”. For full details of this walk go to Baildon Walkers are Welcome website at and check our our What’s On page. All will be welcome. (Photo of view towards Menston).

Lady Anne’s Way

Kirkby Stephen & District Walkers are Welcome are working with their town council and sculptor Diane Lawrenson to raise funding for a life-size bronze sculpture for the town representing the spirit of Lady Anne’s Way.
This stunning limited edition bronze maquette pictured above captures the spirit of the indomitable Lady Anne Clifford (1590 –1676) with her steely determination walking the Lady Anne’s Way long distance trail through old Westmorland written by Sheila Gordon. The sale of these limited bronzes at £3,500 each will contribute to a new full size ‘Lady Anne’s Way’ sculpture in Kirkby Stephen.
“Lady Anne travelled through this region with a vision for its future. Building, restoration and care for the inhabitants, providing schools, churches, almshouses, while at the same time, in other areas of our country, people were struggling and starving brought about by the English Civil War.” Diane Lawrenson December 2017
Please contact Kirkby Stephen it you are at all interested in this new project

Market Weighton supports ‘Children in Need’

The BBC Countryfile walk in aid of “Children in Need”, held on Sunday 22nd October in Market Weighton, is on track to raise over £500 for their annual charity event.
Fifty Seven walkers, including 10 children and numerous dogs, walked either a 5-mile or 2-mile walk to raise funds for the Children in Need charity.

Market Weighton, is an accredited  ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town  and their Walking For Health Leaders, who organised the Children in Need Walk, are all fully competent in first aid, map reading and safely leading walks over the many miles of beautiful footpaths in the area.  Walking for Health meet every Wednesday throughout the year at 10am to walk 4 miles or – for those just getting into walking or wanting a more leisurely walk – there is a 2 mile walk at 10am.  Everyone meets back at in St John’s chapel for tea and toast and a chat.

That is exactly what everyone did at the end of the Children in Need walk, with donated tea & biscuits served by the ladies of the chapel and fruit sponsored by the local Tesco Store.  All those who had walked, donated or helped in any way on the day, were thanked by the Walk Leaders of Walking for Health who look forward not only to sending a very large cheque to the Countryfile team for Children in Need but to all their winter walks this year.

Walking and cycling should be the norm for short journeys

More people should be encouraged to keep fit by incorporating walking and cycling into their everyday lives, in an attempt to tackle declining rates of physical activity in England, walker and cyclist sharing paththe National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) says.

Regular physical activity is key to achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and can help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, as well as being important for good mental health.

Defending access to the outdoors

Kate Ashbrook, a leading campaigner for the outdoors and Patron of Walkers are Welcome has written an interesting story and in it she says “We mustn’t let austere times get us down, indeed campaigners function best when they’re up against it”.

We all need to apply pressure to decision makers about the huge benefits to our health and wellbeing of access to the outdoors.  To read Kate Ashbrook’s article click here

English Coast Path


The creation of a coastal path round the English coast will be complete by 2020, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has pledged.

The Government will provide resources to complete the project earlier than planned. Countryside and access groups welcomed this as they thought  the  political impetus for that the national trail was fading.

The creation of the path will breathe new life into our coastal towns, as proven in Wales where they completed their coastal path. Full article can be found at:

It’s now official, walking is good for you.

walkers in roadAn ITV report click here has revealed that having studied 334,161 European men and women for 12 years, they have found that ‘people who took moderate levels of daily exercise, the equivalent of an energetic 20 minute walk, were 16% to 30% less likely to die than those classed as inactive’.

Many Walkers are Welcome towns run health walks which will introduce you to gentle exercise and will go at a pace to suit you on the road to improving fitness levels and overcoming health issues. There will also be social benefits in meeting new people and sharing a regular walk. Many extend this regular event and meet for refreshments afterwards.

So let’s get out there and make 2015 the year of the walks to improve your health and extend your life. Spread the word, walking is good for you.

Walkers are Welcome Towns’ Network UK agreement with the Footpath Association of Japan

On Friday 6 February 2015 a historic agreement was signed between Walkers are Welcome UK and the Footpath Association of Japan, who will now start its own WaW Network.

This is a milestone for the Walkers are Welcome Towns’ Network UK, which began in 2007 in Hebden Bridge and has mushroomed.

In May 2013 Sheila Talbot, Chair of Winchcombe Walkers are Welcome, was invited to tour Japan to lecture about the benefits walkers can bring to rural communities. The Japanese were very interested in the concept of Walkers are Welcome and now starting their own Network, the first foreign country to do so.

Walkers are Welcome in Japan

England and Wales have a fantastic network of footpaths revered by walkers from home and abroad.Japan-walking

While we are seeing cuts in PROW budgets and National Trail budgets, you only have to step into Japan to see a very different story. For a number of years academic visitors from Japan have visited Winchcombe in the Cotswolds, described by Country Walking magazine as “a stick of rock with Walkers are Welcome through it”, to see how walking has benefited local people and the local economy.

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