The following towns are now the latest members to the network.
Congratulations and a warm welcome to:
Nether & Over Stowey
Nether Stowey and Over Stowey are two adjacent villages within the district of Sedgemoor at the foot of the Quantock Hills, eight miles from Bridgwater in Somerset. Nether Stowey lies just outside the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), at the start of the Coleridge Way long distance trail, well served with local shops, pubs and B&Bs. Over Stowey is a more rural parish with an extensive network of public rights of way, most of which lies within the AONB, extending up to the ancient Drove Way on the Quantock Ridge.
Forres and the surrounding area offers incredible variety to walkers of all abilities. We have the Moray Firth coast, with its seals and dolphins as well as a rich variety of bird life; extensive forests with red squirrels and pine martens; dramatic river gorges and open moorland. Our towns and villages offer great cafes, pubs and restaurants. We’ve got the added attractions of distilleries, castles and pictish standing stones. Our weather is typically drier than the rest of Scotland and you won’t see many midges!
Set in the heart of Carmarthenshire (‘the garden of Wales’) Llanpumsaint, is very rural, and at 330 feet above sea level, sits in a natural bowl surrounded by scenic hills, who’s tributaries feed the river Gwili, flowing through the heart of the village. The village and surrounding area is steeped in Celtic Christian history. Although small being in a holiday area is well served by B & B’s and self catering accommodation. Within its boundaries are 15 miles of public footpaths, plus ancient green lanes, and quiet rural roads in and around the village
Overton is a pretty village with many nice eateries and pubs, enjoying good public transport links. It offers a variety of rural walks, over easy and medium terrain which can be unusual in a country location. The walks vary from 1.8 miles to over 10 miles for those who love to stride out. These walks are on our website and available in the village. We have walks that are buggy, wheelchair and dog friendly in a relaxed unhurried landscape.
You will discover numerous footpaths – there are always many ways of walking from one point to another, or setting out on a circular walk. The terrain is varied- small towns and villages nestling in the lower wooded valleys; an intermediate ‘shelf’ of ancient farms and hamlets; high moorland, dotted with reservoirs, with splendid views across the Pennines. There is a wealth of history in the ancient packhorse routes across the moorland, and the old causey paths which connected the small farms to the many long-gone ‘manufactories’ of the industrial revolution.
Dereham is a substantial market town located in the centre of Norfolk, with good bus and road links within and beyond the county. Close by are the Nar Valley Way and the Wensum Way, while ‘The Peddars’ Way is only a little further and the Norfolk Coast Path is within an hour’s car travel. Dereham itself has a full range of services – shops, cafés and other eating places – as well as interesting places to visit (such as Dereham Windmill, the Mid Norfolk Railway and Bishop Bonner’s Cottage and Museum).
Dover is recognised throughout the world and known to a lot of people as the gateway to England. It is fortunate to be surrounded by stunning coastal scenery and countryside. The iconic White Cliffs are known the world over. It has a number of historic landmarks and many walks include these. The Dover Castle and the Western heights standing either side of the town are just two. There are many others. But we want to encourage people to stop and see what the town and the area has to offer. We have stunning scenery and a host of walks for all ages and abilities. The cliffs are very popular with an abundance of flora and fauna; we have the unique Samphire Hoe with its rare chalk downs . There are a variety of places to eat and stay .
Montgomery is an historic, village-sized town set in the rolling hills of the Welsh Marches.
Ancient drovers’ trails, castles and hill fort sites abound. Offa’s Dyke Path and Glyndwr’s Way National Trails are close by, as are the Severn Way and Shropshire Way. This community really welcomes visitors; one of the few remaining areas where a farmer is more likely to invite you in for a cup of tea then to shout at you to get back on the path! Free parking and a choice of beer or tea perfectly round off a day’s walking.
Whitchurch is a small town and always seeks to provide a warm welcome to visitors wishing to explore this lesser known part of Hampshire. Whitchurch has a variety of walks to suit all interests and abilities; from the gentle river landscape of pristine
waters and water meadows with their abundant flora and fauna, to the footpaths of the chalk downs where the colours, sounds and shadows change with every season.
Much of the charming town centre is a conservation area, which can be explored by following our popular Heritage Trail. There are a variety of places to eat and stay and Whitchurch can boast two of Hampshire’s ‘Top Ten’ heritage attractions, connected
by a popular waymarked trail.
Situated in Dorset, Gillingham is the gateway to the Blackmore Vale, the gentle rolling countryside of Hardy’s Wessex. The walking terrain is not strenuous but takes in delightful small villages and hamlets, unspoilt countryside and our three rivers with their otters and water voles. We have a host of village pubs nearby offering lunches, morning coffee or cream teas.
Kinlochleven is set among the stunning scenery of the Mamore Mountains to the north and the Glencoe mountain ranges to the South. The village has always been an attraction to walkers, with the West Highland Way running through the heart of the village. Hospitality is a Highland trait and is found in abundance in Kinlochleven.
Many of the lower walks are on core paths and are maintained to a good standard by the council, landowners, ranger service and the Kinlochleven Community Trust. We have a rich and diverse history going from the Bronze Age to Modern Industrial
Sedbergh lies at the foot of the Howgill Fells in Cumbria, six miles from Oxenholme and Dent Stations, and five miles from the M6.
For walkers it is the gateway to the Howgill Fells and to the western Yorkshire Dales. There is an extensive network of footpaths and tracks that cover the nearby fells and riverbanks. Some higher walking routes are quite demanding but there are also several accessible routes for those less able.
The village of Cheddar, with its dramatic gorge through the Mendip Hills, is an ideal base for walking.
Terrain varies from limestone cliffs and downland to wooded combes and waterside, allowing for a range of walks including the gentle as well as the more testing.
There are walks for those interested in history, for those who love wildlife and for those who simply want to enjoy some of the most spectacular views in the English countryside. Whatever kind of walking you enjoy, you are assured a warm welcome in Cheddar.
Loftus is located in the Borough of Redcar & Cleveland, between the North York Moors and the North Sea. This area offers great walking opportunities with a network of footpaths and lanes linking coast to moors. There’s much history and heritage to enjoy, including its industrial legacy and exciting recent discoveries. The Cleveland Way National Trail is near its midway point here, with cliffs 200 metres above sea level and stunning views. There are numerous places to park and a regular bus service connects Loftus directly with Middlesbrough, Whitby and local communities.
Bingley, in Airedale, is easily reached by train, bus, car and barge and offers rewarding, interesting, well-marked walking for all. Explore the Leeds-Liverpool Canal towpath and the magnificent Five Rise Locks (1774). Enjoy hill-top panoramas and three parks with riverside, woodlands and play areas. King John granted the market charter in 1212, the Butter Cross was completed in 1753 and the stocks were the last used in Yorkshire! Bingley links to the Dales Way and is on the Stanza Stones Trail. Refreshments abound in welcoming cafes.
The Parish of Disley, covering some 9 square kilometres, enjoys breathtakingly varied
scenery: wooded valleys, rolling farmland and typical Pennine moorland punctuated by rocky outcrops of Millstone Grit.
Over 36 kilometres of well maintained, well signposted footpaths, together with the Peak Forest Canal towpath, offer gentle rambles and more strenuous walks alike; and six ‘promoted routes’ start in, pass close by or go through Disley, including the Gritstone Trail, Midshires Way and North Cheshire Way. Our pubs, cafe and excellent rail and bus links with Manchester, Stockport and Buxton, make Disley an ideal centre for walkers.
Aylsham is an excellent location in the heart of North Norfolk, with three long distance trails converging on the town and in close proximity to other long distance trails and a superb variety of shorter walks to and around local villages. In addition, there is a large National Trust Estate and a Steam Railway which provides some thing else special to offer walkers. As a member of the Walkers are Welcome Network, Aylsham is aiming to attract visitors to find out for themselves the huge variety of history, scenery and local amenities on offer.
Trefriw lies in a landscape of hills, forests and lakes on the edge of Snowdonia, a short distance from Betws-y-coed.The village has two pubs and a hotel and other B&B accommodation locally.
Many visitors come to walk in the area, and Llyn Geirionydd and Llyn Crafnant can be easily reached on foot. The latter is very popular, and the view along Llyn Crafnant is one of the most breathtaking views in all Snowdonia. There is a series of walking trails in the area with many starting in Trefriw for longer walks into the Gwydir Forest, or the Carneddau mountains.
Cromer has welcomed walkers since time immemorial, fresh air, huge landscapes, enormous skies. We can satisfy all the walkers’ needs,as the gateway to an amazing range of paths and trails. We have walks that are buggy, wheelchair and dog friendly, in a relaxed, unhurried townscape. When walking is done, we provide places to eat, rest and play. The picture across Happy Valley shows Cromer’s handsome church, the tallest tower in the County, a challenge for all – scale it’s heights – the reward, magnificent. A coast bathed in sunlight or battered by storm, allows the walker a different experience at every turn. So many reasons to visit and walk in Cromer. Click here for further details.
Burley in Wharfedale is situated in an area of excellent walking opportunities, with Burley Moor to the south, the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the North, the Chevin Country Park to the east and Ilkley Moor to the west. There are walking opportunities for all levels in and around the village, and long distance trails or their feeder routes either pass through the village or are easy to access. Burley is exceptionally well served by rail and bus services and local businesses provide a warm welcome to walkers.
Ludlow, one of England’s finest market towns, has a reputation for excellent food – in its many eating places, traditional butchers, bakers and specialist food shops. Walkers can explore the medieval streets, the Castle and the wildlife along the River Teme. Assemble a gourmet picnic at the market and delis, stroll up to Whitcliffe Common for panoramic views of the town and on into Mortimer Forest. Nearby Clee Hill and the varied landscapes of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty can be walked from local bus and train services. www.theludlowguide.co.uk/out-about/Walking.html
Llandeilo Fawr sits in the Towy Valley, it is a small, but thriving, market town in Carmarthenshire,situated on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is located within easy reach of the hills and the coast, the Heart of Wales railway line and the M4 motorway. It lies between two beautiful walking areas the Brecon Beacons National Park to the East and the Southern Cambrian Mountains to the North.
Corsham is an historic town set on the fringe of the Cotswolds, less than 30 minutes from Bath. Its beautiful High Street is lined in Bath Stone buildings and full of independent shops, pubs and places to eat. When it comes to walking, there are plenty of footpaths giving access to the countryside. For further information visit: www.corsham.gov.uk/town/corshamforwalking
A World Heritage Site with many museums, including Blists Hill Victorian Town, and other attractions, Ironbridge Gorge is also a haven for walkers of all levels – from short leisurely to strenuous long walks. Free booklets inform about the industrial heritage and the natural world along the walks. Several of the country’s long distance paths come into The Gorge making it a great stop over point, as well as a great place for a family day out or longer stay. A wide range of accommodation and refreshment venues provide a warm welcome to everyone. For more information visit: www.visitironbridge.co.uk/walkingfestivalModbury
Modbury, is a small town located in a region known as the South Hams in Devon in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Surrounded with rolling
hills and wooded glades. With vistas from the surrounding hills, giving you a ‘birds eye’ overview of the town, hidden green lanes, footpaths and bridle ways which are well signed and maintained with many leaflets to assist you.
Situated 3 miles from the sea and ideally situated to explore the South Hams region with the edge of Dartmoor only 5 miles to the north with its dramatic open spaces. Since 2007 the town have been ‘plastic bag free’ and all the traders participate in the continuity of this scheme.
Golcar & Slaithwaite
Golcar and Slaithwaite are two traditional stone built weaving villages located in the distinct area known as the Colne Valley.
Golcar is located on a steep hillside described by Sir John Betjeman as ‘Provence of the North’ because of its 2/3/4 storey weaver’s cottages and narrow ginnels. The village is also the location of Colne Valley Museum illustrating the domestic life of a woollen weaver in the 1850’s, housed in 4 listed weaver’s cottages.
Slaithwaite in the valley bottom, has large stone mill buildings alongside Huddersfield Narrow Canal and railway line. Slaithwaite is the home of Totally Locally, local businesses which promote local produce and the whole area has a wealth of local hostelries and food outlets which cater for resident and visitors.
Both villages are surrounded by small former weaving hamlets linked by numerous public footpath routes, some formerly packhorse trails and later routes to the mills, schools, canal and railway, running up, down, around and along the valley side and bottom. The area has a spectacular urban and rural landscape and a rich industrial heritage.
Little did the Duchy of Lancaster know when it built the original corn mill that it would develop into the town of New Mills. Located on the confluence of the Rivers Sett and Goyt, divided by the impressive gorge called The Torrs, the town is ideally located for walks – history and nature walks, hill and moorland walks, for long, short, challenging or easy walks. With good public transport links – a super place for days out or longer stays. Come see the Millennium Walkway, the many bridges and the community hydro scheme.
The small Oxfordshire town of Charlbury is within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)and is well connected to Wales, the Midlands and London via its main line railway station. Local bus routes connect the town to Witney, Chipping Norton and Oxford. The town is next to Cornbury Park, which recently hosted the Wilderness Festival, and only five miles from Blenheim Palace, one of England’s most popular tourist attractions. For more information click here.
Horncastle is an attractive market town lying at the south-west foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds and noted for its antique shops. The town is located where the Rivers Bain and Waring meet and is on the site of the Roman fort of Bannovallum. The town is an excellent starting point for walkers, whether you are looking for a short walk around the town or along the canal or a longer walk into the Lincolnshire Wolds (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).
The town is also an ideal stopping off point on the Viking Way, running 147 miles (237 km) between the Humber Bridge in North Lincolnshire and Oakham in Rutland. The Spa Trail, built on the old railway line between Horncastle and Woodhall Spa, offers a surfaced path, ideal for families with young children and pushchairs or wheelchair users. For further information click here.
Walkers will be welcome in the friendly community of Emsworth, a former fishing village now popular with sailors.
We are well provided with accommodation, pubs and restaurants and are easily accessible by both train and bus services. We provide a range of shorter local walks, are at the start of three long-distance trails (Wayfarers’ Way, Solent Way and Sussex Border Path) and are within a few miles of the South Downs National Park. We are on the coast in Hampshire, right on the West Sussex border, and within easy reach of Portsmouth, with its naval dockyard, and Chichester. For further information click here
Dursley is a small market town on the edge of the Cotswolds escarpment. The town has many attractions for the walker with the Cotswold Way running through the centre and numerous footpaths through the woods, around the valley and along the escarpment, these give stunning views of the Malverns, the Welsh Mountains, the Cotswolds and Severn Vale. In the town there is an interesting parish church, an 18th century market hall and a small heritage centre. Dursley has a variety of shops and eating places including the Gloucestershire Pub of the year 2013. For further details click here
Situated on the edge of the Peak District National Park, Bollington has much to offer the walker. Our town enjoys the backdrop of hilly scenery dominated by White Nancy, a distinctive conical monument which has iconic status in our community. A network of local paths offers walks ranging from a gentle stroll along the canal taking in our industrial heritage to strenuous hill walks. Local amenities in the form of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants all contribute to a walker friendly environment. The highlight of the year for walkers is the Walking Festival which is held each year at the end of October. For further details click here.
Leominster has a wide choice of walks, suitable for all abilities, direct from the town centre. The town is the biggest Market Town in Herefordshire, in the past its fortune was based on Leominster ‘Ore’, the fleece of the Ryland sheep, now industry is very varied.
We also have an Accessible Trail for those who may have difficulty, route cards available at the TIC. Walking guidebooks and maps are available form the Tourist Information centre in Corn Square.
A list of walker friendly accommodation providers is available from www.leominstertourism.co.uk
Thirsk is a town with a good community spirit and a wide range of accommodation both in the town and in the surrounding villages.
Some offer special facilities for walkers and many offer local produce. Explore on foot the area where James Herriot practised, and there is a variety of walks, on level ground and more strenuous ones close by on the North York Moors. The Dales, Moors and Coast are all easily accessible by car, rail and bus.
Haslemere is a charming market town, steeped in history and the perfect place to stay. Nestling between wooded hills in the south west corner of Surrey and surrounded by National Trust land, it is one of the gems of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and gateway town to the South Downs National Park. Haslemere makes a great base for exploring the miles of beautiful rolling countryside, heathland, valleys, and attractive market towns and picturesque villages.
This welcoming town is the ideal destination for a short break or a longer leisurely stay at any time of the year.
Melbourne is the first Walkers are Welcome Town in Derbyshire, 13 October 2013. It is a small market town in South Derbyshire, close to the Leicestershire border and just inside the National Forest. The town is attractive with good local shopping, pubs, cafes and visitor accommodation. The Parish Church and Melbourne Hall and its gardens are popular tourist attractions whilst the annual Arts Festival has received national recognition.
Melbourne is a very popular walking centre with paths leading into rolling country through the estates of Melbourne Hall, Calke Abbey and Staunton Harold Hall. The town is close to several long distance routes such as the Ivanhoe Way, the Derby Round and the soon to be launched National Forest Trail. Routes around Staunton Harold and Foremark Reservoirs also add to the variety of walking terrain. There is an hourly bus service from Derby and Swadlincote and are close to several railway stations and five miles from East Midlands Airport.
Clun is one of the border ‘towns’ of the Welsh Marches, in the south west of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).Situated on the most imposing stretches of The Shropshire Way and
Offa’s Dyke both can be reached easily from here. Clun has history, geology, flora and fauna, spectacular hill top views, great pubs, cafes and B&Bs and a really friendly community, Clun is a very special place for walkers.
The highly acclaimed “Clun Valley & Borders, 33 Favourite Walks” provides a comprehensive guide and is widely available locally.
Abergavenny is a historic market town – gateway to stunning walking destinations including the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains, Offa’s Dyke, Wye Valley, Vale of Usk and Blaenavon World Heritage Site.
Denby Dale district is an area with beautiful countryside, a rich & fascinating heritage – and an excellent network of footpaths, less well-known than they deserve.
We have a strong & committed steering-group and developed good relationships with local businesses (e.g. pubs, cafes, sandwich-bars, shops including our local accommodation-providers). We hope to develop t
hese relationships further, to encourage pride in our local countryside and local heritage and to help the rural economy.
We worked with the Penistone Line Partnership to fund an information-board at Denby Dale station detailing walks in the area.Two of our trails are linear trails linking stations on the railway-line.
Llandovery stands on the Cambrian Way, where this long-distance footpath snakes down from the Black Mountain on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons and enters the sparkling Towy Valley.
We aim to produce a booklet which brings together in one single publication all the walks available in the Llandovery area with an element of uniformity with the Walkers are Welcome brand. In conjunction with partners, we plan to develop new walks in and around Llandovery. An example of this is the proposed riverside walk around the Castle.
We plan to encourage both the awareness and the use of the wheelchair circuit created a few years ago by the Forestry Commission in the Cwm Rhaeadr Forest, some five miles north of Llandovery. A positive promotional campaign by WaW would help bring awareness of this tremendous amenity to a much wider public.
Snaith is an Ancient Market town and still manages to maintain six public houses in its centre, three of which have accommodation and two of which do good food.
It also has two cafes and a restaurant. The various shops including a small supermarket mean that residents do not need to leave the area to survive. There are numerous facilities for visitors.
The surrounding countryside is easy walking as it is mainly flat and takes in both rivers and canals. Visitors always comment on the warm welcome they receive. It is a pro-active community.
Some of Crickhowell’s plans for 2013 include working with the Town Council to put up WaW signage for the entrances to the town. Create three local walks as a ‘clover leaf’ around Crickhowell, enabling walkers to explore the main aspects of the town’s surroundings and get a taste of the open mountain too. Promote the walks with a special WaW leaflet with route directions and explanatory commentary.
We plan a series of guided walks with the intention of encouraging local residents and visitors to join us and learn more about WaW. We will provide details of bus routes and halfway points of walks. We are planning our launch event for spring 2013.