In mid April 2012, Chepstow became the first accredited Walkers are Welcome town in Monmouthshire. Furthermore, Abergavenny and Monmouth are hoping to be accredited in September before the Autumn Monmouthshire Walking Festival.
To celebrate the accreditation, Chepstow Walkers are Welcome group held a launch event on Saturday 5th May 2012 to coincide with the official opening of the Wales Coast Path.
The initiative for Chepstow was taken on by a group of enthusiastic local volunteers who all share a love of walking and the town and surrounding countryside. The application was fully endorsed by the Town Council and a petition of almost 1,000 signatures were collected from local residents demonstrating their support.
Chepstow lies at the foot of the Wye Valley in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has the added benefit of 4 long distance paths that start/finish in the town. These are the Wales Coast Path, Offa’s Dyke, Wye Valley Walk and Gloucestershire Way. It has excellent national transport links, a wide range of accommodation, many independent shops and a regular Farmers Market. Over the coming 12 months the Chepstow Walkers are Welcome group has plans in the pipeline to make it a haven for walkers. For further information please refer to: www.walksinchepstow.co.uk
About Walkers are Welcome
Walkers are Welcome is a national community- led scheme run by the locations themselves as places which have something special to offer walkers. It strengthens a town’s reputation as a place for visitors to come and enjoy the outdoors, bringing useful benefits to the local economy and ensuring that footpaths and facilities for walkers are maintained in good condition, benefitting both local people and visitors. For more information on Walkers are Welcome please refer to: www.walkersarewelcome.org.uk
5th May 2012