Walkers are Welcome
Through the joint working of NSBA and the Walking Festival Committee, Newton Stewart now has Walkers are Welcome status which connects us to other towns and villages throughout Britain which have something special to offer walkers. So far we are one of only three in Scotland.
Obtaining this status brings a number of benefits:-
- It helps to strengthen the town’s reputation as a place for visitors & locals to enjoy the outdoors resulting in useful benefits to the local economy.
- It helps to ensure that footpaths and facilities for walkers are maintained in good condition.
- It can contribute to local tourism plans and regeneration strategies.
- It allows communities to benefit from regular networking opportunities with other Walkers are Welcome towns when experiences can be shared informally and new ideas discussed.
- Through interlinked web sites it helps to put the town on the map for walkers from all over Britain.
The Walkers are Welcome scheme is different from most top-down accreditation schemes, in that, it has emerged from, and is being promoted by, the communities themselves. The idea, first discussed in 2006, became reality when Hebden Bridge became the first Walkers are Welcome community in spring 2007. They were followed by the communities of Moffat (Scotland) and Prestatyn & Meliden (North Wales). Now there are more than thirty five other communities who either have Walkers are Welcome status or are actively working to meet the required criteria.
These towns together have constituted themselves as the Walkers are Welcome Towns Network and it is through this body that the scheme and use of the logo is controlled. The Walkers are Welcome idea and brand is collectively managed by the participating communities themselves – real grass roots democracy in action.
Display the logo at your business premises and attract walkers in the knowledge that they will be warmly welcomed and happily catered for.
Any interested business may obtain the WaW Logo from - WRDC offices, Queen Street, Newton Stewart.