Walkers are Welcome Weekend
Friday, 27 February 2009
Hebden Bridge is to reinforce its reputation as a centre for walking by hosting a series of events for walkers, to be held in the town on September 12th-13th.
Plans for the Walkers are Welcome Weekend, the first of its kind in the town, are already well advanced.
Gwen Goddard of the organising group Hebden Bridge Walkers’ Action has told the Hebden Bridge Web, "We’ll be laying on a very wide range of led walks, ranging from very short strolls looking at Hebden Bridge’s fascinating architectural heritage to all day hikes on the moors. There’ll be plenty for committed walkers, but also lots of opportunities for people who fancy getting a little exercise in pleasant surroundings."
Hebden Bridge Walkers' Day 2007
The organisers say that the Walkers are Welcome Weekend will be designed to appeal both to local people and to visitors from outside the area. Gwen Goddard added, “One of our motivations in organising this event is to help strengthen our local economy. We have some great specialist shops, restaurants and pubs in Hebden Bridge, and we want to help them get a little extra business by putting our town firmly on the tourist route.”
Hebden Bridge already has attracted national attention, as the first official ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town in Britain. The concept, launched locally in 2006, has now spread quickly to other towns and villages throughout Britain, each of whom pledge to provide good facilities and services for walkers. Currently fifteen towns in England, Scotland and Wales have joined the scheme, including Hebden Bridge’s neighbour Mytholmroyd. Todmorden is currently working towards Walkers are Welcome status, and hopes to have its accreditation this summer.
As well as led walks, Hebden Bridge’s Walkers are Welcome Weekend will include evening events on the Saturday evening. Outdoor journalist and author John Manning will be giving an illustrated talk about his adventures walking the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail, whilst another guest will be well-known outdoor activist Kate Ashbrook, patron of the Walkers are Welcome Towns Network.