July 7th, 2019
Walkers are Welcome is an initiative taking Wales by storm. Join us as we find out more about it.
Walkers are Welcome is a great initiative which aims to put walker-friendly towns and villages on the map. It all started in the West Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge, where the idea of an accreditation scheme was first mooted in 2006. Seven years on, there are over 100 communities with Walkers are Welcome status.
The Walkers are Welcome network is run across the UK, and aims to bring walkers together with towns that not only welcome them with open arms, but also have plenty of walking based initiatives. These could be anything from having plenty of accessible information about local walks to making sure that footpaths and signposts are well maintained so that walking is an easy and enjoyable experience. Walkers are Welcome towns are also encouraged to promote the benefits of walking and the use of local public transport to reach walks, as well as any other walking themed events and resources.
It’s a grass roots initiative which means it was devised by walkers and is run by walkers, for the benefit of walkers, so therefore the emphasis is on practical measures which can be taken to make walkers welcome; whether that means boot driers in the B&Bs, a walker’s supper on offer at the pub or a work party to repair a broken stile.
Find out more about the Walkers are Welcome scheme or find a participating town near you at www.walkersarewelcome.org.uk
Walkers are Welcome Towns in North Wales
- Devils Bridge