Wellington Walking Festival and postcard walks

Wellington produced a postcard featuring walks in the Wrekin Forest thanks to a grant from Shropshire Hills AONB. The postcard shows the WAW walks in the Wrekin Forest (the northern-most tip of the Shropshire Hills area).

During their recent Walking Festival each of the routes on the postcard was followed, as well as town and many themed walks with guest leaders. The map and compass sessions and the bird and bat walks have received particular praise along with the Nordic walk.Wellington Postcard front

The Elham Challenge

Elham Walkers are Welcome in partnership with Elham Primary School are staging the Elham Challenge on Sunday 22nd September 2013.

A 5km children’s Treasure Hunt or for the grown ups a 20km walk or run on a circular route in the beautiful Elham Valley starting from Elham School, CT4 6TT

For details click here

Mytholmroyd Children’s Walks

A great booklet has been designed and produced by Mytholmroyd aimed solely for children. This colourful booklet is full of fascinating information for kids (and their parents) with some walks suitable for buggies. There are plenty of facts, practical ideas and simple questions to inspire the next generation of Mytholmroyd Bookletwalkers.

A great idea which other Walkers are Welcome towns could follow. If you would like a copy please contact Rose Wheeler – details can be found under the membership section.

Walkers are Welcome Otley unveil two new information boards

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


Otley Display Board

Snaith Lottery funded Heritage Walks

The Snaith & Cowick Walking Group are this year celebrating their seventh year of Tuesday walks during the summer months.  They started originally guiding walkers around a few local walks and have successfully built their offer to a range of morning, afternoon, evening and all day walks with varying lengths and locations.

The launch at Easter 2012 of 15 Lottery funded Heritage Walks, complete with Information Boards, plus Snaith becoming a WALKERS ARE WELCOME town at the beginning of this year, plus its position on the Trans Pennine Trail have all contributed to an increase in walking activity in and around the area.

Snaith Post pic

Kirkby Stephen and District Walkers are Welcome -winners of the Upper Eden Green Business Award

Kirkby Stephen and District Walkers are Welcome won the Upper Eden Green Business Award.  Their nomination read ” The enthusiasm and passion demonstrated by the team is simply inspiring, and their contribution to the economic development of the area must not be overlooked.  Walking is a green business, in both the reduction of CO2, and also the impact on the environment.  Walkers in Upper Eden stay longer, spend more and are great networkers who promote the area to others.  This group has raised the profile of Kirkby Stephen and Upper Eden to a national level.  Well done Kirby Stephen.

New Chesham Food Trail

Chesham has just launched a Food Trail leaflet that Chesham Food Trailpromotes local food producers both within the town and surrounding areas. It has a map of where the producers can be located in the High Street area and then three country walking routes. The leaflet can be downloaded at www.chesham.gov.uk/Walks/Chesham_Walks.aspx

Llandovery launch their WaW status with a Walk for Life

Walk_for_lifeLlandovery thought that it would be a fitting way to mark their newly-acquired WaW status by holding their very first community event in favour of the Kidney Wales Foundation. Indeed, it is one of the Charities which the Welsh RFU have chosen to support, and Leigh Halfpenny, the Wales full-back and Player of the Six Nations Tournament 2013, is the public face of their involvement.

Mrs. Dorothy Burgess, a Llandovery Town Councillor and herself a former nurse, looked after most of the administrative arrangements, while the Llandovery Walkers are Welcome planned the route, and organised the marshals. It was a very successful day and received very good coverage in the local press, namely the Carmarthen Journal and the Towy Valley Guardian. With sponsorship forms and contributions still coming in, we now await to find out how much was raised for the Kidney Wales Foundation.


Mytholmroyd Walkers are Welcome help encourage more women and children into the countryside



 Rose Wheeler, Chair of Mytholmroyd Walkers’ Action, which is behind the town’s Walkers are Welcome status, explains their new innovative initiative to get more women and children into the countryside.

With growing numbers of Facebook friends and members, Mytholmroyd Walkers are Welcome are reaching more local people than ever before. Through Mytholmroyd Walking Action (MWA) one of the group’s main aims has always been to get more people walking. And it is doing just that, not just through Facebook pages and an active web-site, but also by getting together with Marmaladies – Mytholmroyd’s Women’s Institute (WI). Two evening walks in the summer attracted over 50 local women, many of whom are not regular walkers. And two summer picnic walks brought out the buggies so that toddlers as well as older children were able to enjoy some lovely local picnic spots.

One buggy walk to Wood Top included a visit to the Gnome House – and little ones enjoyed some gnome story-telling. The other buggy walk involved a challenging climb up to and beyond the nature reserve at Broadhead Clough. The climb was particularly strenuous for the eight Mum’s pushing buggies, but it was well worth it for the views!

At the same time as Marmaladies and children’s walks, MWA has continued to organise a number of successful walks around Mytholmroyd.

One of our most popular walks, led by Jill Liddington, took place on 28th September. This walk to Cragg Vale’s Brewery is included in Calderdale Council’s Wildside Walks programme. Walkers, as in previous trips to Little Valley Brewery, enjoyed a tasting session at the brewery after a delightful six-mile walk up Cragg Vale. And getting the bus back to Mytholmroyd made beer purchases feasible!

Other MWA walks for Wildside have been successful too. Themes have included local suffragettes (Jill Liddington) and the Cragg Vale Coiners (Julian Harber). We are already thinking about and planning a selection of walks for next year’s Wildside Walks programme. Suggestions welcome!

Our main projects have involved identifying a selection of enjoyable walks, making sure any necessary footpath improvements are carried out, and then compiling and publishing a well-designed leaflet to promote those walks. Our first leaflet, which still sells for 50p at Mytholmroyd outlets, set out three walks of different lengths: Churn Milk Joan, Wood Top and Scout Rock. These walks are all waymarked and have proved very popular. The three-walks leaflet can also be downloaded from our web-site.

Our second major project, walk@work, aimed to get people walking in their lunch hour. Six short walks were included and altogether 2,000 leaflets were distributed to local workplaces.

Both our first three walks, and the walk@work routes, can be seen around Mytholmroyd on large display boards. Two of the display boards are sited at the railway station to provide a link with public transport. These are a great reminder of the many lovely walks to be found around Mytholmroyd.

mwa1Our current project aims to get children walking, and also identify suitable walks for parents with buggies. A free leaflet setting out this new selection of walks will be given to every child in Mytholmroyd when it is completed next year. The leaflet is being designed by the author of the Making Tracks children’s walks leaflets, Jo Poyser, so that it is particularly appealing to children. The leaflets will include interesting wildlife facts and other information related to the walks.

Of course none of this would be possible without funding. Our own funds from leaflet sales and membership income are quite limited, but we have been successful in getting funding from Hebden Royd Town Council, the Community Foundation for Calderdale, Calderdale Council, and the Co-operative’s Community Fund. A number of local businesses have also provided some sponsorship.

For more information or to get involved in MWA, visit our web-site:



Rose Wheeler

MWA chair



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