Otley recently unveiled the new Walkers are Welcome Otley Information Board at Wharfemeadows Park.
The information board along with a board at Surprise View on the Chevin Ridge, highlights published leaflets describing a range of local walks and the Six Dales Trail. The Boards also provide information about the annual Otley Walking Festival; Otley Walkers – the community based walking group and the new 43 mile Northwest Leeds Country Park and Green Gateways Trail.
Full information about walking opportunities in Otley is available on their website: www.waw-otley.org.uk
Check out their website to listen to the song ‘Walkers’ that was especially written for their first walking festival.
From humble beginnings in 2007, Abergavenny has become the 100th Walkers are Welcome town and their Patron is none other than Kate Humble!
The Abergavenny WaW group is delighted that local television celebrity Kate Humble has agreed to be their patron. Kate said: “I’m delighted to be a patron for Abergavenny’s Walkers are Welcome. Abergavenny is a pretty market town, surrounded by spectacular countryside. The gateway to the Black Mountains, it is the perfect base for walkers who appreciate glorious, diverse scenery and want somewhere to come back to that offers great local food and lovely places to stay. Walkers really are genuinely welcome!”
Nigel Bottling, Chair of the National Executive, said “This was a first class application which clearly demonstrated not only how much the town offers to welcoming walkers, but the enthusiasm of those involved in wanting to improve what’s on offer.”
Abergavenny’s Steering Group hopes to create an online resource for walking, developing packages with local businesses, creating a new range of simple walks from the town centre and working with the council to improve the local rights of way network. “To keep this prestigious award, the town has to show it is always looking to improve and there are many other initiatives planned,” said Ruth Coulthard, Chair of the Steering Group.
A large launch event is planned for Easter when it is hoped over 100 people will gather on Castle Meadows.