Walkers are Welcome towns and villages are places which have something special to offer walkers.

This unique community-led scheme – run by the towns themselves – has rapidly grown since it was launched in the Pennine town of Hebden Bridge in 2007. There are now Walkers are Welcome towns in all parts of Britain, ready to make your visit a really enjoyable one. You’ll know you’re in a Walkers are Welcome community when you see the familiar black and gold logo in shops, cafes and B&Bs. You’ll find Walkers are Welcome towns in some of Britain’s beautiful (but perhaps less explored) areas: on the north Wales coast, in the Scottish southern uplands, in the Shropshire hills, the Pennines, the Yorkshire wolds, the Tyne valley - in fact, in all parts of Britain.

In association with the Ross-on-Wye Group of the Rambler's Association and other local organisations we have sought Walkers are Welcome status for our town. On the 7th July 2009 the Walkers are Welcome Town Network Committee approved our application and Ross-on-Wye became the first town in Herefordshire to achieve this recognition. To launch our new status a major walking festival was held over the weekend of 3rd and 4th October 2009.

Following on from the success of the 2009 Festival the event was repeated every year. For 2018 the Walking Festival will be a 3-day event on 28-30 September.

Further details on the 2018 Walking Festival:


For more about this local initiative please check out the website:


The number of Walkers are Welcome communities is growing rapidly, so for the full list go to the website: