Should Stocksbridge say 'Walkers Are Welcome'?

20 Mar 2010

The countryside surrounding Stocksbridge is a great place for walking. There are many different routes to discover, from ancient holloways to new trails and access land. Or there are interesting towns and villages to explore, such as the ancient buildings at Brightholmlee, and the Victorian steelworks of Stocksbridge. With regular transport links from Sheffield, and welcoming local pubs and shops, Stocksbridge really has something special to offer walkers.
This could be nationally recognised if Stocksbridge applies for 'Walkers Are Welcome' status.
The proposal to become one of the national 'Walkers Are Welcome' towns needs the support and involvement of local people. The Steel Valley Project will be at Stocksbridge Library on Saturday 20th March from 10am till 12pm to answer any questions and find local people who want to get involved!

Walkers Are Welcome status can have a number of benefits for a town. It can boost the local economy, tourism and regeneration by encouraging visitors to the town; it can help to ensure that footpaths and facilities are maintained in good condition; and it can encourage the growth of new facilities and events such as long-distance trails and walking festivals. Visit the Walkers Are Welcome website for more information.

To find out more about Stocksbridge becoming a 'Walkers Are Welcome' town then come to the drop-in session at Stocksbridge Library, or contact Rebecca Hughes at the Steel Valley Project on (0114) 283 0880.

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