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Edible pair of walking boots

Horncastle Walkers are Welcome Group

The recently formed Horncastle Walkers are Welcome group celebrated the completion of a successful launch event on Sunday 1 June.

The group was formed less than 12 months ago and has made an ambitious start by hosting the closing ceremony of the 2014 Wolds Walking Festival held at the Stanhope Hall. The main objective of the group is to promote and encourage walking in the beautiful Southern Lincolnshire Wolds to the benefit not only of local businesses but to the health of the public in general.

Over the weekend the Town became the starting point for no less than nine walks ranging from a serious nine mile walk taking in Fulletby and West Ashby led by local author Pete Skipworth to a “Horrible Horncastle Walk” led by Paul Scott and Pete Harness. This popular exposition of the Town’s more macabre past ended with a BBQ put on by the Lions’ Club at the Sir Joseph Banks Centre.

At the closing ceremony performed the Town Mayor, Cllr Sandra Campbell-Wardman, presented Gail Dymoke, the Chair of the WAW Group, with an unusual cake in the form of an edible pair of walking boots!

Horncastle WAW cake

“The whole weekend has been a huge success” said Gail. “Everybody has worked so hard and local businesses have been so generous with their support and raffle prizes”


Walkers are Welcome Quilt/Banner

Chepstow Walkers are hosting the National Get Together in October 2014.  We thought it would be good to have a lasting memory of all the groups represented from throughout the country. Something was needed that was attractive, iconic and which could be easily added to.  So a quilt/banner made of individual squares from each town/village could achieve this.

Each square would reflect the individuality of that group and could depict a scene, person, building, coat of arms, myth, products or anything associated with that locality.  The needlecraft could be appliqué, embroidery, quilting or any process thought appropriate.  There would need to be a few rules for ease of assembly of the quilt/banner.  However these are few so as not to stifle creativity.

Rules for Square

Each side of the square should measure 33 cms.  This will give a space of 30cms for creativity and 1.5 cms each side for assembly.  The basic square should be 100% cotton.  Any other materials, colours or devices may be applied.

You may wish to use this opportunity to interact with other local groups by asking them if they would design the square for you. This could be the WI, Townswomens Guild or perhaps hold a competition at your local school which may generate some publicity for your group.

The finished square should be sent to Helen Kenneally, Fox and Hounds, Itton, Chepstow, Monmouthshire NP16 6BX for assembly by 1st September 2014 at the latest.

To have a beautiful lasting representation of all of our towns/villages who strive to put their locality on the map through a love of walking would be wonderful.  This quilt/banner could then be displayed annually at Get Togethers and added to as Walkers are Welcome grows.

Any questions then please don’t hesitate in getting in touch by email or 012091 641856

With best wishes for creativity and dexterity

Chepstow Walkers are Welcome




WaW to apply to Charities Commission

The Walkers are Welcome network are about to apply to the Charities Commission as a(CIO). This is a new legal form for a charity and we are applying with an “Association” model constitution. Which is for a charity with a wider membership including voting members, in addition to the charity trustees. These members may also be involved in the work of the CIO and can also apply to be a trustee.

The application document/constitution is situated in the Membership section Exec Business and can be accessed using the current members password.

Please read and give any comments you may have before the 30th May 2014. The application is being sent to the Charities Commission in early June.




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:  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.



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’



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.”