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Mini Get-Together 19th March 2016 Dursley, Gloucestershire

AGM2014 Home bannerThe purpose of this free Mini Get-Together is to bring together Walkers are Welcome Towns and Villages in the Southern and Western parts of England and Wales for the purpose of networking and sharing best practice. Dursley is situated in Gloucestershire close to the Cotswold escarpment and also the M5 motorway. For anyone wishing to travel to Dursley by train the railway station on the Gloucester to Bristol main line and is called Cam and Dursley.

Dursley Welcomes Walkers are arranging the event and will give you the opportunity to enjoy either a walk around Dursley to look at some of the town’s old buildings and other locations with a focus on their history or a 3 mile walk to Stinchcombe Hill to walk the Cotswold Way circular walk that has been twinned with route 3 of the Jeju Olle Trail.

The general subject will be “Town meets Country” and a number of Dursley partners will be present.

This will be followed by a lunch after which when you will have the chance to Network with other Walkers are Welcome Towns and villages. This will be followed by presentations by James Blockley on “The Cotswold Way and National Trails” and also by members of the Walkers are Welcome National Executive on the challenges and opportunities for Walkers are Welcome towns all.

If you plan to attend please RSVP before 29th February 2016 to

For full details of the programme please Click here.

For those wishing to stay overnight and further enjoy the area please see or accommodation websites such as‎

Intrepid walkers during a soggy December

Llandovery Walkers are Welcome

The Llandovery WaW group ended their programme for the year 2015 with a walk which took them around the boundaries of their neighbouring parish of Myddfai, a little further east of Llandovery in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons.

A detour was made down towards the derelict property of Abertriplwyf, i.e. the meeting place of three parishes. i.e. Myddfai, Llangadog, and Llanddeusant. It was a fascinating settlement to visit, and there is no doubt that members of Llandovery WaW will be returning to the site as a lot that can be done to make the site more attractive to visitors, essentially cutting down the brambles and intrusive trees, and perhaps cleaning some of the rusty machinery parts which are still to be found there in the undergrowth.Llandovery-walk-

Whitchurch Hampshire official launch

Whitchurch Hampshire was awarded accreditation in October, becoming the first town to represent the North Hampshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the beautiful Test River Valley.

The Whitchurch Association (Walkers are Welcome Steering Committee) coordinated the town’s successful campaign, supported throughout by Whitchurch Town Council. At the official launch of Whitchurch Walkers are Welcome on the 21st November, the Mayor Councillor Barry Jackman said, “On behalf of the town council I would like to thank all those townsfolk who really pulled together in what became a true community effort.

They carried out with enthusiasm so much to gain this award;  completing petitions, undertaking footpath surveys and clearance, and litter picking were just a few of the many ways in which we were able to showcase our town.”

Endorsements were received from the managing directors of South West Trains and Stagecoach South, our local, borough and county councillors and the MP for North West Hampshire.


Wiveliscombe is on the map

Wiveliscombe WaW group along with the Council and the local business group have created a new leaflet. Councillor Mark Edwards said “It should put Wiveliscombe on the map as a destination for walkers and people to enjoy the great outdoors. The additional benefit will be to the traders whose livelihood will get a boost from the additional footfall.Wiveliscombe-in-news

Annual General Meeting 8th November 2015

We are delighted that full programme details and booking form for the Walkers are Welcome‘s Annual General Meeting are now available on the website, under Get Together. We have made it a relaxed day with lots of opportunities for networking, picking up tips, ideas and innovation or asking questions and seeking information from mentors and the national committee. We won’t even mind if you want to come late to fit in with your journey arrangements although you may wish to stay overnight in this lovely area and spend the whole day with us. Don’t forget to book lunch at the subsidised cost of £5 payable on the day but note that if you don’t turn up at the last minute, we will have to charge you.

This is also the time when the national committee which now comprises directors and co-opted additional members, will be re-elected (or not). We invite new nominations to spread the load and bring fresh ideas, see the booking form to add your nomination. We are all really looking forward to seeing you in November.

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Wiveliscombe 10 Parishes Art Festival

The Walkers are Welcome wall hanging was displayed at Wiveliscombe 10 Parishes Art Festival for a week in early September and we were especially thrilled that our chairman, Sam Phillips, was able to come too.  Seen here discussing “Walkers are Welcome” with the Mayoress of Taunton and her Consort (or with Ann Scotter the SW mentor).  The wall hanging aroused great interest from art and embroidery experts as well as an  opportunity to promote “Walkers are Welcome”and Wiveliscombe itself.
Further advertisement for “Walkers are Welcome” arose through Sam’s broadcast on 10 Radio, our local radio station and well done Chepstow for initiating the wall hanging.
Wiveliscombe Festival
Sam Phillips discussing “Walkers are Welcome” with the Mayoress of Taunton and her Consort


Llandovery secure funding for walk guide

After much negotiations with the Brecon Beacons NP Authority and other public bodies in Wales,  Llandovery WaW has been successful in securing funding to print their own walks booklet called Great Walks around Llandovery / Teithiau Gwych o Gwmpas Llanymddyfri.

The booklet contains six walks in the area with useful information on where to park, refreshments and terrain. This will be of enormous importance in encouraging citizens and visitors alike to explore the wonderful countryside around the town, and in so doing come to learn something of the history and the culture of this part of Wales.

Llandovery WaW are delighted with this publication, and are particularly grateful to their printer for his cooperation.


Llandovery book

Loftus formal launch of Walkers are Welcome status

Loftus applied early in 2015 for Loftus Civil Parish to gain Walkers are Welcome status and was delighted to have this awarded in May.An event took place at Handale Abbey Walled Garden on 1st July with the Deputy Mayor of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, Councillor Neil Bendelow formally launching Loftus as a Walkers are Welcome parish.

The parish extends along the coast between Carlin How and Cowbar and inland to Scaling and the walking group will work to develop this area as an even better district for recreational walking for residents and visitors alike.

The group already works closely with the town and borough councils to provide and improve walking opportunities in the area including a weekly health walk that meets outside Woodside Surgery, Loftus at 1.15pm on Fridays.

Loftus launch

Launch of the 80 mile Wyche Way

Kate Ashbrook, Patron of Walkers are Welcome officially opened the new Wyche Way on Friday 18th September as part of the Kington Walking Festival.

The 80 mile trail starts from Kington in Herefordshire to meet The Cotswold Way at Broadway Tower. The trail is the brainchild of Guy Vowles, a experienced long distance walker.

To watch the opening ceremony please follow the link:

Happy Hikers enjoy Baildon Walking Weekend

More than 120 people joined one or more of the 11 guided walks which were on offer as part of Baildon’s Second Annual Walking Weekend. The selection of walks ranged from a one mile long historical tour of the churches and chapels of Baildon, to a nine mile hike across three local moors; an “Urban Explorer” walk which took participants into the centre of Bradford on “green corridors” and a circular trip to Esholt

Walkers came from not only Baildon itself, but from further afield including other parts of Bradford and Leeds, and as far afield as Devon and Shropshire.

Walk called “Urban Explorer” which took walkers on previously undiscovered green routes right into the centre of Bradford.