Autumn is a wonderful time to don boots and get out into the fresh air. And on our three routes, it won’t matter how muddy or wet you get, you’ll be welcomed everywhere with a knowing smile!
It’s something every seasoned walker has experienced – wandering into a pub or a café and getting a “who on earth are you?” look from everyone else in there. One glance in the mirror might give you a clue as to why you’ve received such a reaction – boots caked in mud, water dripping from your hood, oversized map hanging from your neck.
However, an initiative set up in 2007 has enabled us folk in the walking fraternity to stride into towns and villages equipped with four-foot poles and gaiters without feeling in the least bit unloved.
The Walkers are Welcome project was launched to reward those who maintain their surrounding footpaths, provide decent signage and information, and greet muddied trekkers with a smile. Communities who do this become accredited and are promoted as walker-friendly.
There are now more than 100 accredited towns and villages across Britain, many of which are situated along the Welsh Borders. This month, we visit three places that not only welcome walkers with open arms, but are all situated in great areas for exploring on foot.
ROUTE 1 – A gentle wander around Chepstow – a historic and walker-friendly town
ROUTE 2 – Enjoy the views from a famous Shropshire ridge overlooking Much Wenlock
ROUTE 3 – Venture into the Snowdonian foothills at Trefriw, Conwy
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For the full feature on Walkers are welcome walks, see the October 2019 issue of Welsh Border Life. For back issues, click here.
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