Cotswold Way launches new Hall of Fame for walkers
Walkers completing the 102 mile Cotswold Way National Trail will be able to have their achievement recognised in a brand new online Hall of Fame.
The new scheme, developed by the Cotswold Way team, not only recognises the achievements of walkers completing the National Trail, but will also help to encourage others to walk one of the nation’s finest walks through the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The Hall of Fame, which is featured on the Cotswold Way website, will include a growing list of all those who complete the walk, along with walkers’ own experiences and photos. As the list grows, potential walkers will be able to find out more about walking the trail from others who have completed it.
The first person to enter the Hall of Fame is Conrad Jager from Anchorage, Alaska, who walked the trail in stages over the course of a year. He commented: “After seeing the Cotswold Way in different seasons, autumn, early spring and winter, I well know now, that walking the Cotswold Way can be done year-round. I even encountered an unexpected bit of snow in December, not that I really needed more snow in my life, living in Alaska.”
To be included in the Hall of Fame, potential walkers can request a card via the Cotswold Way website, which can be stamped at the start of the trail and at a number of locations in between. Once the card has been completed and submitted, walkers will be rewarded with either a quality brass pin badge or an embroidered patch to recognise their achievement, as well as have their name entered into the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame is open to those that walk the trail in one journey or complete it in stages, as well as those who can prove that they have walked it in the past.
Full details are available on www.nationaltrail.co.uk; go to the Cotswold Way pages and look under ‘planning a trip’.
Notes to editors:
The Cotswold Way National Trail is 102 miles (164 km) long, and runs for most of its length along the Cotswold escarpment.
The Cotswold Way was formally launched as a National Trail in May 2007, although it had existed as a promoted long distance walk for over 30 years. This designation is a very special one and there are only 14 other Trails in England and Wales with this special grading.
The Trail's highest point is Cleeve Common at 317m (1,040ft).
The Trail team is managed by the Cotswolds Conservation Board, based at Northleach.
Funding for the management and promotion of the Trail is provided solely by Natural England.
Highlights along the Trail include: World Heritage City of Bath; views over River Severn to Brecon Beacons in Wales, Malvern Hills and Forest of Dean; National Trust properties of Dyrham House and Horton Court; Broadway Tower and Somerset Monument tower follies; old mill towns of Painswick, Stroud & Dursley; Devils Chimney at Leckhampton Hill; Belas Knap Long Barrow; Sudeley Castle; and Hailes Abbey.
Cotswolds AONB fact file
The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation with 37 members, 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by Government.
The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance.
With its rolling hills and valleys the Cotswolds is the third largest protected landscape in England and Wales after the Lake District and Snowdonia. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
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Cotswolds Conservation Board: Fosse Way, Northleach, Gloucestershire GL54 3JH
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