Who we are

Walkers are Welcome is a non profit making Community Interest Company. We are a nationwide initiative, launched in 2007 to encourage towns and villages to be welcoming to walkers. We now have over 100 member towns. We have a steady flow of applications for membership

Our aims are to help towns and villages to:

  • be attractive for walkers with excellent information on local walks
  • ensure that footpaths and facilities for walkers are maintained, improved and well signposted
  • contribute to local tourism plans and regeneration strategies
  • promote the health benefits of walking and increase participation
  • encourage the use of public transport

This website gives you:

  • up to date information on member towns and villages
  • more information on the scheme itself
  • latest news and developments
  • gives member towns access to exclusive additional information
  • tells you how to join us


Julia BradburyJulia Bradbury, broadcaster and walking enthusiast, expressed her support by saying

“The Walkers Are Welcome Scheme is a truly innovative project. It’s 
such a simple concept: set up an accreditation scheme for walk-friendly towns, then encourage the towns to network together for support, advice 
and ideas.

That simplicity has led to jaw dropping success…”


Kate Ashbrook, patron of Walkers Are Welcome and Vice – president and trustee of the Ramblers, says:

Kate Ashbrook“Walkers Are Welcome has grown at an astonishing pace as more and more towns and villages have seen the benefits of accreditation and have come on board. Now walkers know that, if they see the friendly footprint logo, they are assured of a warm welcome throughout the town, and a good path network and  waymarked walks round about. So everyone benefits – visitors, residents and the local economy.”



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