Walkers are Welcome towns and villages
Bradford on Avon
Bradford on Avon near Bath joins the list of Walkers are Welcome towns in the Cotswolds and has become the first Walkers are Welcome town in Wiltshire.
This was made possible by the support and funding of Bradford on Avon Town Council, Wiltshire and Swindon Ramblers and the Bradford on Avon Area Board (Wiltshire Council), in conjunction with Bradford on Avon Chamber of Commerce, Bradford on Avon Information Centre and Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon.
Set in the beautiful Bristol Avon Valley and on the edge of the Cotswold AONB, the historic town of Bradford on Avon is the perfect place for a walking holiday, with walks to suit all ages and abilities.
Bradford on Avon is very well served by train and bus links, including Bath, Bristol and London.
This vibrant yet attractive Oxfordshire town has the benefit of being on the main rail line to Oxford and London. It’s an ideal starting place to explore the Evenlode Valley on foot or on two wheels. There is welcoming accommodation and a good choice of pubs and cafes.
The historic town of Corsham in Wiltshire has achieved “Walkers are Welcome” status and held their first ever walking festival on Saturday 28 June 2014. Walkers came from as far as London and Malvern as well as nearby, while others had just moved into the area and were keen to explore it.
The organisers would like to thank the wonderful staff from the Tourist Information Centre in Corsham for all their help and hospitality; the staff at the Town Hall for their invaluable help, plus the pubs and cafes who looked after the walkers so well, and to BCH Camping for their display of walking equipment in the precinct and Tourist Information Centre. Another two-day festival will take place next year, keep an eye on their website for further details.
Positioned on the Cotswold Way, Dursley has been welcoming walkers for a long time. However, since being accredited as a Walkers are Welcome town in September 2013, the community has been working hard to welcome all types of walkers, not just end-to-enders. There are now regular walking festivals, they offer a free guide service for walking groups and can advise on walks of all lengths and difficulty. From Dursley you can explore Stinchcombe Hill, Cam Long Down and Cam Peak, with wonderful views across the Severn Vale to the Forest of Dean and Malvern Hills.
Best kept village winner in 2001 – a delightful small Cotswold village over-looking the Evenlode Valley and surrounded by lovely countryside, was the first Cotswold village to be awarded Walkers are Welcome in 2010, celebrated at a launch event with Christopher Rodrigues CBE, chair of VisitBritain in May 2011.
The village has a shop, two pubs and its 12th Century Norman Church is a focal point for several miles. It is perfectly situated if you are looking for a peaceful country retreat, yet is within easy driving from popular Stow on the Wold with all its shops and restaurants and Moreton in Marsh – both 3 miles away. Walkers will enjoy the footpaths leading from the village and its fabulous and far-reaching views across the valley.
You can base yourself in Winchcombe to walk a variety of long distance routes such as the Cotswold Way, Winchcombe Way, Wardens Way, and Windrush Way. The circular Gloucestershire Way also passes through finishing at Tewkesbury.