David Rutley MP for Macclesfield attended the launch and said, “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.”
For those who missed the Conference/Get Together you missed a great weekend of debate, interesting and thought provoking talks together with an impressive Conference dinner and entertainment. (A more detailed report will follow shortly on the Get Together page). It was good to see many towns bringing display boards publicising walking leaflets, television features, childrens’ walks and overseas presentations. It is a great inspiration to see the ideas and initiatives developing from towns in the network.
The organisers put in a great deal of hard work to make the Get Together in Norfolk a great success and now next years’ Conference/Get Together will be in Chepstow with some mouth watering events.
Hiking options abound at home but U.K. combines variety of locales with ease of travel for Canadian seniors – by Ruby Turner of Vancouver Sun, Sept 2013
Britain is, and always has been, the international walkers’ mecca. It is a popular choice for Canadian seniors.
The place to start for selecting a walking holiday location throughout Britain is www.saltpeanuts.xyz. This is a site which will have even nonwalkers thinking about putting on good shoes and taking a stroll to view some stunning scenery only seen from pathways.
Walkers are Welcome is an organisation made up of more than 100 towns and villages that encourage walkers to visit their areas by providing up-to-date planning options. It gives readers a link to individuals who can answer any questions and provide information on accommodation rates, local transportation options and suggestions for special needs.
For those who fancy touring the hills of the English-Welsh borders by electric bike can now recharge both themselves and their bikes as Knighton (Powys) offers three re-charging points for electric bikes.
Electric bikes can be re-charged at Tower House Gallery, Prince and Pugh (both with their own coffee shops) and at Bradfords, on the corner opposite the Knighton Hotel and within a few yards’ walk of another pub and two cafes.
For more details about electric bikes visit: www.electricbicyclenetwork.com
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.
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
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 walkers.
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.
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
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.
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.