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Find a walking group - Walkers are Welcome

Summary of group

The Walkers Are Welcome (WAW) UK Network was established in 2007 with the specific aims of encouraging and supporting towns and villages to:

  • be attractive destinations for walkers with information on local walks
  • offer local people and visitors excellent walking opportunities in their areas
  • ensure that footpaths & facilities for walkers are maintained, improved & 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

Within Telford & Wrekin there are 2 towns who have gained Walkers Are Welcome status namely Wellington (established in 2010) and Ironbridge (established in 2014). Just to the south, Much Wenlock is also an established Walkers Are Welcome destination and all 3 are members of the wider grouping of Shropshire Hills WAW towns who meet and collaborate to promote the area in general.

Wellington WAW provide free guided walks on the first and third Sunday of each month from outside Wellington Leisure Centre, commencing at 2pm and normally lasting between 90 minutes to 2 hours. These walks will often be slightly more demanding than the highest level of walks available under the Walking for Health scheme.

The group also organise the annual Wellington Walking Festival which runs for a week each summer and offers a wide range of free walks of all types exploring the town, the Wrekin Forest and the surrounding area.

The group also carries out Path Maintenance work to keep local pathways clear and walkable. View full details of the group and its activities and on leaflets available through libraries & other locations around the borough.

For more information about the walking festivals please use the following links: