Walkers-Are-Welcome STOP PRESS

The first town in the area
The Whitchurch Association are delighted to announce that Whitchurch has been successful in gaining accreditation to the ‘Walkers are Welcome’ national town network and will become the first town to represent the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding National Beauty and the Test River Valley.

Supporters are thanked
Many thanks to the residents and businesses that collected signatures of support and the various groups of volunteers that came together to survey footpaths, clear litter and clean signs.

The steering committee will now take a moment to catch their breath. Watch this space for details of the official press release and official town launch.

Whitchurch is surrounded by many miles of footpaths and bridleways.

Whitchurch is surrounded by many miles of footpaths and bridleways.

A national scheme
The ‘Walkers are Welcome’ Town Network is a nationwide initiative that encourages towns and villages to be welcoming and attractive destinations for walkers.
The accreditation scheme recognises towns that make it easy for visiting walkers to:

  • Enjoy excellent walking opportunities in the surrounding countryside on sign-posted footpaths.
  • Stay in local accommodation and use the services of local businesses.
  • Plan their journey using local transport.

Benefits to the local economy
There are clear tourism/economic benefits to be gained through membership of the scheme. Increased awareness of the town and the beautiful surrounding countryside will potentially attract more visitors to Whitchurch, the increased footfall bringing useful benefits to the local economy.

Footpath maintenance
Membership also helps to ensure that footpaths and facilities for walkers are maintained in good condition, benefiting local people as well as visitors.

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