WAW Towns (E-K)


Elham

Accredited since: 2013

A charming sleepy old village full of historic interest nestling in the beautiful Elham Valley in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is where Audrey Hepburn spend her childhood…. what more can we say?

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Eye

Accredited since: 2018

Eye is a “small but perfectly formed” market town in North Suffolk, close to the Norfolk Border. It is an historic town with many listed buildings and a Town Hall designed by the “rogue” architect Sir Edward Buckton Lamb in 1856. Set in a beautiful undulating rural area, famous for its East Anglia enormous skies, you will be able to enjoy walks along grassy footpaths and country lanes returning to the town for a bite to eat or even stay over at a B&B. The pub and the local shops are ready to welcome you. You may even catch a local event in full swing!

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Fairford

Accredited since: 2017

Welcome to Fairford, Gloucestershire,
a town where Walkers are Welcome, and a good place to visit.
Fairford, a lively, small market town in Gloucestershire (population C5,000), welcomes visitors, especially walkers. Our walks leaflets will help you appreciate the local area and its history. There’s something for everyone!

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Forres

Accredited since: 2016

Forres is a former royal burgh situated in the north of Scotland. We are surrounded by a rich variety of landscapes, from the Moray Firth coast, to open moors, forests and river gorges; a wealth of historic sites; fascinating wildlife and world-famous distilleries.

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Frome

Accredited since: 2018

Frome is a welcoming, charming and vibrant town with a wealth of history, culture and natural beauty. Packed with historic buildings, beautiful independent shops and creative people, Frome is a wonderfully eventful town. It is the perfect destination for discerning tourists looking for something a little bit different.

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Gillingham (Dorset)

Accredited since: 2015

Gillingham is in Dorset, on the mainline from Waterloo to Exeter, providing a gateway to the Blackmore Vale (Hardy’s vale of the little dairies). Three rivers meet here and linear parks along them provide enjoyable short walks. This is undulating farming countryside reaching towards the chalk downland of Wiltshire.

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Golcar and Slaithwaite

Accredited since: 2013

Golcar and Slaithwaite are two mill towns located in the Colne Valley to the west of Huddersfield.
The area has a rich industrial heritage and a wide range of valley, moorland and canalside walks.

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Hayfield

Accredited since: 2019

Hayfield is a beautiful village (population 2,700) nestling in stunning Peak District scenery. Its proud association with the Kinder Mass Trespass, and vibrant community offers events throughout the year and facilities to accommodate walkers including six pubs, three cafes, an Italian restaurant, a campsite, and various small artisan shops.

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Hebden Bridge

Accredited since: 2007

Hebden Bridge is a small former mill town with a population of 4,500. The town nestles into the hillside surrounded by beautiful countryside. It is a great walkers town with many footpaths, causey ways and bridleways to explore. The moors are high above us and add a stark beauty to the landscape. The river Hebden runs through the town to meet up with the river Calder, picturesque but prone to flooding. This small town boasts a cinema, owned by Hebden Royd town council, a theatre, a music venue and many independent shops. There are pubs and cafe’s galore. We have excellent transport links. Buses run up and down the valley every 10 minutes connecting the small towns of Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd (all WaW towns). The half hourly train service takes you to Manchester, Leeds, Halifax and Bradford, linking up to trains north and south. We have strong links with the nearby WaW towns and together we have set up a website to advertise the Upper Calder Valley. We all share an Instagram account see below

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Henley-on-Thames

Accredited since: 2018

Small market town situated in South Oxfordshire, on the River Thames and on the edge of the Chiltern Hills. When it comes to walking in Henley, there is something for everyone; from short guided historic tours and nature trails to riverside walks and long country rambles. The Thames Path National Trail passes through Henley as does The Wokingham Way; The Oxfordshire Way starts in Henley and In addition the Chiltern Way passes through some of the villages in our patch. The town has many well marked paths in the locality and also there are a host of hotels, cafes, pubs and B&Bs some of which are Walkers are Welcome members ( for more details see http://walkhenley.co.uk/waw-businesses/ )

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Holmfirth

Accredited since: 2019

Against the stunning backdrop of the Peak District National Park, Holmfirth is a thriving town with speciality shops and markets, bespoke art and tempting treats, plus a packed events programme.
Fast flowing streams, moorland sheep, quaint weavers’ cottages and impressive mills reflect Holmfirth’s proud history of producing world class woollen yarns and cloths. But it’s the valley’s landscapes and villages which have brought the area fame.

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Holywell

Accredited since: 2010

Holywell is in Flintshire overlooking the Dee estuary with numerous places to find refreshments and accommodation.

Several long distance trails start/end in Holywell and there is easy access to the Welsh Coastal Path.

With easy access to the Clwydian Range (AONB), the area offers interesting walks with fantastic scenery

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Horncastle

Accredited since: 2007

Horncastle is a market town in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire.
Horncastle lies to the south of the Lincolnshire Wolds and has become nationally recognised for its numerous antique shops and centres. Horncastle remains an unspoilt market town, offering a wide range of traditional shops and pubs.

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Ilfracombe

Accredited since: 2012

Ilfracombe is a town of some 12000 people, situated on the north Devon coast, within the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is much for visitors to see and do: walking, water sports, attractions or just wandering about the town and tasting the fantastic local food on offer.

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Kilsyth

Accredited since:

Situated halfway between Glasgow and Stirling, Kilsyth has a rich industrial heritage. The Antonine Wall and John Muir Way cross Scotland nearby to the south and the Kilsyth Hills and Campsie Fells rise to the north of the town. There is a dense network of paths in the area linking the town with surrounding villages, nature reserves and places of historical interest.

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Kington

Accredited since: 2011

Friendly and relaxed with a network of medieval walled alleyways and intriguing buildings, Kington is a great place to explore and hang out. Boots and backpacks are commonplace and lying in the Welsh Marches, it has more long distance paths converging on a town of its size than anywhere else in the UK, including the Offa’s Dyke National Trail.
Walkers are most definitely welcome in Kington.

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Kinlochleven

Accredited since: 2015

Kinlochleven is a small village of less than 800 inhabitants and nestles in the mountains behind Glen Coe on the West Highland Way in the Highlands of Scotland. A series of footpaths wind their way around the village, leading to more difficult walks including the Devil’s Staircase and several Munros.

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Kirkby Stephen

Accredited since: 2009

The attractive and friendly market town of Kirkby Stephen on the upper reaches of the River Eden in a corner of east Cumbria. With the stunning landscapes of the Westmorland Dales of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and North Pennines Area of Natural Beauty. Once discovered, visitors are reluctant to leave.

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Knaresborough

Accredited since:

Knaresborough is full of surprises, a warren of medieval streets and stone staircases that weave their way up and down the hill. The town centre is perched on the cliffs above the River Nidd and the imposing railway viaduct across the Nidd Gorge offers an amazing view to visitors as they arrive by train.

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Knighton

Accredited since: 2011

The area around Knighton in Powys is perfect walking country. Knighton is unique in Wales in that two National Trails meet here – Offa’s Dyke Path and Glyndwr’s Way. The accolade of two National Trails is just a small indication of the profusion of walking opportunities here.
Whether you want to potter along gentle paths and country lanes, nordic walk or strike out through the high country on one of the long distance paths you will find what you want here.

You can find maps for our Knighton Town Trail and Knighton Nature Trail plus many more walks on our website visitknighton.co.uk

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