Ross-on-Wye became accredited as a “Walkers are Welcome” town in July 2009. It is run by a small group of volunteers who comprise keen walkers and experienced guides/ walk leaders drawn from the Ross & District Walking Group and Ross Ramblers. We are supported by a designated Town Councillor and our Chairman has also served on the National Executive Committee of Walkers are Welcome CIC. We have mentored about 20 other towns/villages through the accreditation process and continue to work actively in this area.
We want to celebrate and share the wonderful walking environment we have around Ross-on-Wye and in particular, would love to host other walking groups or small parties who wish to come and explore our area.
We work with local businesses, tourism and leisure organisations, local attractions and parish councils to ensure footpaths and facilities for walkers are signposted, maintained and improved where possible.
The priorities of “Walkers are Welcome” Towns are:
- to encourage and support towns and villages to be attractive destinations for walkers top quality information on local walks
- offer local people and visitors excellent walking opportunities within their areas
- ensure that footpaths and facilities for walkers are maintained, improved and well signposted
- contribute to local tourism plans and regeneration strategies
- promote the health benefits of walking and increase participation
- encourage the use of public transport
Smiles without Stiles – Working with various partners the Group has successfully helped to maintain and improve local footpaths. Obtaining grants from Severn Waste Environmental Fund, VITAL Herefordshire LEADER Programme and the Wye Valley AONB Sustainable Development Fund the Group was able replace stiles with self-closing gates on the following routes:
Wye Valley Walk south of Ross. 13 gates installed in 2012.
Wye Valley Walk north of Ross. 9 gates installed in 2013.
Lawns Farm, Penyard Hill. 2 gates installed in 2013.
Peterstow-Bridstow Loop Walk. 2 gates installed in 2013.
Members of the Group, working with the Bridstow Footpath Volunteers, have also installed 13 gates in the parish of Bridstow which is now practically stile-free.
To contact your local group email us
To contact the national website go to www.walkersarewelcome.org.uk