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. http://www.cprehampshire.org.uk/awards/countryside-awards-2018.
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 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 https://marsdenwalkersarewelcome.org/walking-weekend-2018/ for more information.
On the last weekend in June people gathered on the hills for the Quantock Hills Walking Festival. Over forty people from Somerset and further afield took advantage of the fantastic weather to explore the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, led by expert guides from The Quantocks Volunteer Ranger Service, Friends of Quantock and Friends of Coleridge. The event was organised by Stowey Walking, the Walkers are Welcome group for Nether Stowey and Over Stowey. Lynne Abbott from Stowey Walking said she was so pleased the event was a success and wants to thank all those people who supported the walking festival. If you missed the event or would like to explore the Quantocks further on your own Stowey Walking have a variety of local walks available free to download on their website: www.stoweywalking.co.uk
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
Stowey Walking, the Walkers are Welcome group for Nether Stowey and Over Stowey, met with representatives from estate agents and auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt to thank them for their sponsorship of the forthcoming Quantock Walking Festival. The walking festival takes place on the Quantocks on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July. To book a place contact Stowey Walking at www.stoweywalking.co.uk or telephone 01278 732228. Booking is free with a donation on the day.
As all Walkers are Welcome towns know, 2 of the main objectives are-firstly to work to keep the rights of way available to walkers, providing guidance for everyone who wants to enjoy the beautiful surroundings they have and secondly to promote the town as a destination for walkers thus benefiting the businesses.
With this in mind the 3rd edition of Wiveliscombe Circular Walks book was launched recently, having sold 2,000 copies of the previous editions since it was first published in 2006. The talents of Wiveliscombe were used again to provide updated text and 4 additional walks, extra drawings and maps as well as proof reading and re-walking. It was only for the printing that it was necessary to travel the 10 miles to Taunton.
At the same time work has been carried out with Ordance Survey to get recognition for Wiveliscombe’s own long distance walk, the 26 mile Wivey Way. It has now been confirmed that it is marked on OS Master maps (1:2500 scale now and 1:50,000 soon). Those walkers looking at and using these new maps will see Wiveliscombe ringed and bisected by designated paths. The hope is that this will help cemethe area as a place to be or to visit, walk and enjoy.
The new book ISBN 978-1-5272-2256-4 is available locally for £5.90 or £7.16 inc. p&p from Brenda Boyland 3 Burges Close Wiveliscombe TA4 2PG