WaW Vice-Chairman meets King Offa

  An Irresistible Offa: Walking in the Wales-England Borderlands. Sam Phillips our vice chairman from the Ross-on-Wye Walkers are Welcome group, was one of the key speakers at a recent conference. The event celebrate the success of a £1 million initiative to improve the economy and boost sustainable tourism in the swathe of countryside either side of the 177-mile Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail. The Walking with Offa partnership has supported towns throughout the area who wished to apply for Walkers are Welcome status and those who had already gained creditation. “It is a simple, brilliant concept, which marks a place out for the welcome it extends to walkers” said Sam, “and we are very grateful for what Walking with Offa has done to enable us to expand.”  

Ordnance Survey Map Pack for Walking Festivals

The Ordnance Survey have put together a pack for organisers of walking festivals to help them make their event a success and encourage those attending to continue walking throughout the year. The pack consists of: • A free OS Custom Made Map for your use which can be flat for wall-mounting or folded for use on walks • A free 3-month subscription to OS getamap for your use so you can add your routes and share them with your visitors or on social media • A discount code for an OS getamap subscription that you can give out to all festival visitors The offer is open to any town or group organising a walking festival in 2014 who has not already been contacted. If you contact: Jonathan.Elder@ordnancesurvey.co.uk  he is happy to add your Walking Festival to the OS Walking Festival web page and send them their own unique discount codes.

Please include in your email :Name of Festival, website URL and dates of Festival.

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Pennine Journey

Kirkby Stephen & District Walkers are Welcome are celebrating with David and Heather Pitt and Pennine Journey Supporters Club:Wainwright Memorial Tablet

The Pennine Journey was devised by David and Heather Pitt having been inspired by Alfred Wainwright’s original Pennine Journey now 75 years ago.  This 18 stage, 247 mile new trail was also included in the first North Pennines Walking Festival in September 2013 with ‘PJ in a day’, walking all sections of the trail for various charities.  The Ordnance Survey will put the route of the Pennine Journey long-distance footpath onto their Landranger and Explorer maps in future reprints.   As well as Kirkby Stephen, Walkers are Welcome members Alston Moor are also a featured stop on the the southerly journey. Kirkby Stephen have just unveiled a pavement tablet memorial to Alfred Wainwright marking 75 years since his Pennine Journey and 40 years since the publication of his Coast to Coast. For more details of the route click here.    

Tour de France and the ‘Stocksbridge loop’

In celebration of the formal announcement of the route of the Tour de France Grand Départ 2014, the Stocksbridge ‘Walkers are Welcome’ group have made available an A5, 12 page booklet which describes a 14.5 mile walk which takes you parallel to the route which will be taken by Le Tour as it skirts Stocksbridge on Sunday 6th.July 2014. Le Tour travels from Leeds to Harrogate on 5th.July, then from York to Sheffield. The ‘Stocksbridge loop’ is as predicted: Langsett/ Midhopestones/ Mortimer Road/ Penistone Road/ High Bradfield. The route then passes through Oughtibridge and Grenoside before looping back into the centre of Sheffield. This 200 km stage will challenge the peloton with a blend of iconic and countless, short, sharp climbs. The walk picks up the route at Langsett. We then go through Midhopestones, ascend to Barnside and Broomhead Moors and skirt the Canyards before leaving the route of ‘Le Tour’ at High Bradfield. A PDF is available to download by clicking here. To hear an interview describing the walk click here.  

Chepstow win ‘Best Social Enterprise’ Award

Congratulations to Chepstow who won the ‘Best Social Enterprise’ Award at the Monmouthshire Business Awards Monmouthshire’s ‘brightest and best’ companies have been celebrated at the 2013 Monmouthshire Business Awards. Now in their second year, the MBAs — dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the Welsh business industry and backed by Monmouthshire County Council with support from Business Wales — recognise innovation, talent and enterprise in the wider local community. We are pleased to see a Walkers are Welcome town winners of a ‘Best Social Enterprise’

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MP supports Bollington launch as a WaW town

David Rutley MP for Macclesfield attended the launch and said, MP Bollington“It is great to see Bollington being recognised as part of the “Walkers are Welcome” network.  Like many people, I have enjoyed walks in and around the village and am always impressed not just by the scenery, but by the warm hospitality provided to visitors.  I hope Bollington’s new “Walkers are Welcome” accreditation will further highlight Bollington’s great countryside and put it on the map as somewhere walkers really are welcome.”

Swaffham Get Together a great success

For those who missed the Conference/Get Together you missed a great weekend of debate, interesting and thought provoking talks together with an impressive Conference dinner and entertainment.  (A more detailed report will follow shortly on the Get Together page). It was good to see many towns bringing display boards publicising walking leaflets, television features, childrens’ walks and overseas presentations. It is a great inspiration to see the ideas and initiatives developing from towns in the network. The organisers put in a great deal of hard work to make the Get Together in Norfolk a great success and now next years’ Conference/Get Together will be in Chepstow with some mouth watering events.
Delegates listening to a talk on health and well being.

A workshop at Swaffham WAW Conference

Your boots are made for walking in Britain

Hiking options abound at home but U.K. combines variety of locales with ease of travel for Canadian seniors – by Ruby Turner of Vancouver Sun, Sept 2013 Britain is, and always has been, the international walkers’ mecca. It is a popular choice for Canadian seniors. The place to start for selecting a walking holiday location throughout Britain is www.saltpeanuts.xyz. This is a site which will have even nonwalkers thinking about putting on good shoes and taking a stroll to view some stunning scenery only seen from pathways. Walkers are Welcome is an organisVancouver Sunation made up of more than 100 towns and villages that encourage walkers to visit their areas by providing up-to-date planning options. It gives readers a link to individuals who can answer any questions and provide information on accommodation rates, local transportation options and suggestions for special needs.

Knighton (Powys) has Charging Points for electric bikes

For those who fancy touring the hills of the English-Welsh borders by electric bike can now recharge both themselves and their bikes as Knighton (Powys) offers three re-charging points for electric bikes. Electric bikes can be re-charged at Tower House Gallery, Prince and Pugh (both with their own coffee shops) and at Bradfords, on the corner opposite the Knighton Hotel and within a few yards’ walk of another pub and two cafes. For more details about electric bikes visit: www.electricbicyclenetwork.com electric bike  

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