Community award for Boroughbridge Group

Following earlier news of their nomination, the Boroughbridge group of Walkers are Welcome have won a best event Community Award for the three day walking festival they organised in 2017.
Collecting the award, Barry McCallum thanked the community for voting for the Walkers are Welcome group, saying how much the success of the whole event had been due to the hard work put in by all the members of the group.

Ramblers best walking neighbourhood award 2018 UK

News submitted by Stocksbridge Walkers are Welcome:

The Ramblers recently held a competition to find the UK’s Best Neighbourhood Walking Area Award. After making the shortlist: the football equivalent of Stocksbridge Park Steels reaching the third round of the FA Cup, we were part of an online vote for the winner. In the vote, Hastings Old Town got 21% of the votes, Stocksbridge was a close second with 19.5%. We are obviously disappointed not to have won but we are delighted we made it to the final and finish as runner-up in a close finish. We were the only town in Yorkshire to achieve the short-list: this which says a lot about the wonderful walking country that is on our doorstep. We would like to thank everyone who voted for us. As in Strictly Come Dancing, the best does not always win the popular vote. The competition gave us the opportunity to create a higher profile for both our town and Walkers are Welcome as a group, demonstrating the potential of local media ‘ to ‘sell our message’. At the same time it was fun to reinforce the message about the importance of walking for improved health and well being.
The Ramblers is already inviting nominations for the same award in 2019, so if you think your area deserves to be recognised, why not put your area forward for recognition.
After all you’ve nothing to lose!

Anyone wanting information or advice about how to go about can contact us via our website


Newly Accredited Town – Middleton-in-Teesdale

This month the national committee considered the accreditation application for Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham. “A model application,” exclaimed Chairman, Sam Phillips and everyone agreed.
Middleton-in-Teesdale has a population of just 1,100 but has managed to pull together a group of ten people from all areas of walking and tourism in their area including the Responsible Tourism Lead, Shane Harris at the North Pennines AONB Partnership. Shane is particularly pleased to have another Walkers are Welcome town in the North Pennines AONB.
This small charming town, almost in the middle of nowhere, provides a vast array of footpaths and walks both within the town and out into Upper Teesdale. This part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers walkers a peaceful escape into a landscape of impressive waterfalls, such as High Force, green dales, heather clad moorland, traditional hay meadows and beautiful woods. For historians there are the remains of the area’s lead mining industry etched in the ground to explore. For botanists, there is the ‘Teesdale Assemblage’ – a group of twenty internationally important plants including the famous Spring Gentian. For the birdwatcher, a vast array of bird life such as the curlew, lapwing, and black grouse; and for geologists all the wonders of a UNESCO Global Geopark with its globally important Earth Heritage. The area offers something for everyone.
Middleton-in-Teesdale is already working closely with nearby Walkers are Welcome towns Alston and Barnard Castle, also not too far from Kirkby Stephen and Sedbergh. This is an area where the counties and cultures of Cumbria, Co. Durham, and North Yorkshire merge.
Pictured High Force shortlisted by BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018 in the Landmark of the Year Catagory.

Boroughbridge group nominated for award

The Boroughbridge Walkers are Welcome group have been nominated to receive one of the Boroughbridge Town, Mayor’s community award.
The winners will be announced at the Mayor’s Civic Service at the end of March.

Best Walking Neighbourhood

Kirkby Stephen and Stocksbridge Walkers are Welcome towns have both been shortlisted for The Ramblers Best Walking Neighbourhood Award. Voting is open until 13th March at
Kirkby Stephen:
‘Nestled in the Upper Eden valley, Kirkby Stephen is a Walkers are Welcome town with attractive historic buildings and cobbled yards. Amenities are easily accessed by pedestrians, with well-maintained footways. The town also has links to long-distance trails including Wainwright’s Coast to Coast and Lady Anne’s Way.

It’s the little touches that make this town particularly enjoyable to explore on foot, from the large planters lining the streets to eye-catching displays of herbs and vegetables. A particular highlight for residents and visitors alike is the Poetry Path, which celebrates the beautiful Eden Valley and describes the area’s farming heritage through a series of inscribed stones, placed along a network of ancient lanes.

Frank’s Bridge dates from the 17th century and is popular with families, providing a safe space for children to feed ducks and enjoy picnics. The Northern Viaduct Trust Path also offers an accessible all-weather route along a disused railway.’

And Stocksbidge:
Situated on the edge of the Peak District in the Upper Don Valley, Stocksbridge is a former steel town that now boasts Walkers are Welcome status. Much of Stocksbridge is subject to a 20mph speed limit. Pavements are maintained and streets are well lit. Numerous paths lead directly to the town centre, while other walking routes criss-cross the town. In many cases, walking is the quickest option for making a journey.

Many streets are lined with trees, hanging baskets decorate buildings and planters have been placed at each of the entry points to the town. Interpretation boards provide local information to visitors. This all helps to give walkers an enjoyable experience.

For those looking to walk further afield, the Trans Pennine Trail passes close to the town. This coast to coast route is popular with walkers and cyclists alike.

“Walking the Transpennine Trail towards Barnsley is an unglamorous stroll, but it cuts through history like a knife. Here we are walking by sites from the Industrial Revolution and the post-industrialisation that knocked this place for six, and still reverberates like a struck gong. Walk by the site of the Oaks Colliery disaster – still the biggest mining disaster in UK history – and pass over Stairfoot Roundabout, where all those railway lines used to converge.”’

Good luck


Local residents in Baildon have set themselves to rid Baildon of litter. In total 87 bags of litter were collected in January from various locations in Baildon. Further litter picks are being arranged for 3/4 February and 3/4 March.


* BAILDON WALKERS ARE WELCOME START A NEW PROGRAMME OF “SECOND SATURDAY WALKS”. On Saturday 10 March, the first of a new monthly series of “Second Saturday Guided Walks will start with a walk entitled “To Menston for Memories and Munching”. For full details of this walk go to Baildon Walkers are Welcome website at and check our our What’s On page. All will be welcome. (Photo of view towards Menston).

Lady Anne’s Way

Kirkby Stephen & District Walkers are Welcome are working with their town council and sculptor Diane Lawrenson to raise funding for a life-size bronze sculpture for the town representing the spirit of Lady Anne’s Way.
This stunning limited edition bronze maquette pictured above captures the spirit of the indomitable Lady Anne Clifford (1590 –1676) with her steely determination walking the Lady Anne’s Way long distance trail through old Westmorland written by Sheila Gordon. The sale of these limited bronzes at £3,500 each will contribute to a new full size ‘Lady Anne’s Way’ sculpture in Kirkby Stephen.
“Lady Anne travelled through this region with a vision for its future. Building, restoration and care for the inhabitants, providing schools, churches, almshouses, while at the same time, in other areas of our country, people were struggling and starving brought about by the English Civil War.” Diane Lawrenson December 2017
Please contact Kirkby Stephen it you are at all interested in this new project

Whitchurch, Hampshire has great buses for walking!

Last Tuesday, Whitchurch Walkers are Welcome volunteers were delighted to welcome the management team from Stagecoach (South) to the town, to help officially launch the first three in a series of Bus Walks that have been designed and produced locally with the help of a Stagecoach Partnership Grant.

These series of linear walks will allow locals and visitors to explore the countryside paths a little further out of town, without the need of a car; we hope the initiative proves to be a winner, after all, increased footfall means we are less likely to suffer cuts to the service.

Stagecoach will be producing publicity posters for each of the buses operating on these routes and we hope to add to the series next summer by including bus walking routes to the south of Whitchurch.

Market Weighton supports ‘Children in Need’

The BBC Countryfile walk in aid of “Children in Need”, held on Sunday 22nd October in Market Weighton, is on track to raise over £500 for their annual charity event.
Fifty Seven walkers, including 10 children and numerous dogs, walked either a 5-mile or 2-mile walk to raise funds for the Children in Need charity.

Market Weighton, is an accredited  ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town  and their Walking For Health Leaders, who organised the Children in Need Walk, are all fully competent in first aid, map reading and safely leading walks over the many miles of beautiful footpaths in the area.  Walking for Health meet every Wednesday throughout the year at 10am to walk 4 miles or – for those just getting into walking or wanting a more leisurely walk – there is a 2 mile walk at 10am.  Everyone meets back at in St John’s chapel for tea and toast and a chat.

That is exactly what everyone did at the end of the Children in Need walk, with donated tea & biscuits served by the ladies of the chapel and fruit sponsored by the local Tesco Store.  All those who had walked, donated or helped in any way on the day, were thanked by the Walk Leaders of Walking for Health who look forward not only to sending a very large cheque to the Countryfile team for Children in Need but to all their winter walks this year.

Overton reaches 60

In one year of joining WaW, Overton weekly Walk 4 Health group has achieved a record amount of 60 walkers.

Plus volunteers from Overton walking group have just completed an exciting joint project which involved upgrading three stiles into kissing gates.

And this is quite an exciting project because it’s the route from Overton Church (where Jane Austen’s brother was curate) to Steventon Church where her father was rector.   The project has been completed in the 200th anniversary year and before Jane’s birthday in  December

The footpath Overton side starts at Upper Ashe, runs through a beautiful field with two kissing gates and a copse, leading to the parish boundary.  Next the 3rd gate! The path continues to Steventon Church and further along to North Waltham Church

Many thanks to the volunteers from Overton & Steventon for their time, energy and enthusiasm.  The Parish Clerks from Overton, Steventon, Parish Council and Hampshire County Council, Countryside team.

New kissing gate replaces stile

Members Menu

Website Information

Website Disclaimer

© Walkers are Welcome 2018

Website Credits