Marsden Walkers Are Welcome


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We exist to encourage use of the network of paths and trails in and around Marsden, by locals and visitors alike.

Group introduction

Marsden Walkers Are Welcome was set up in 2010, following the ethos of the national initiative. We are independent of that, so fully fund ourselves to allow us to maintaining paths and trails, print route leaflets and run outdoors events for the benefit of the community.

Marsden Walkers Are Welcome scheme aims to strengthen the town’s reputation as a place for the community and visitors to enjoy the countryside, nearby attractions and to have a positive effect on the local economy.

Over the past few years Marsden Walkers Are Welcome have devised and publicised five way marked trails along with an accessible Nature Trail. All of our walks start close to public transport - the bus and train stops in the village. These way marked walks, with their accompanying maps and leaflets full of historical notes, equate to around 25 miles of paths.

Being a Walkers Are Welcome town helps us attract new visitors to the village, which is great for our rural shops and our hospitality sector and encourages us all to get out and walk in our lovely landscape. We are for the local community and visitors alike.

How would this funding have an impact on your community?

Our existing way marked paths need annual maintenance and alongside of this we are planning two new trails in the coming year.

That will mean new way markers, repairs to stiles en route or the use of duckboards where paths cross wetter ground.

We will also create, in conjunction with the local history society, printed leaflets for each walk, full of historical facts. We have a rich industrial and prehistory heritage that the walks will intersect with.

Our annual path survey involves volunteers from all parts of the village including the local scouts and guides. We know that our way marked paths are used by both the 4000 strong community in the village and by visitors from outside of the valley.

Finally our website, set up in 2010, is now dated and doesn’t work well on mobile devices. We plan to overhaul it so that is truly useful to people wanting to check walk information whilst out and about.

All of these initiatives require funding to help us achieve our ambition of encouraging use of the network of paths around us, to the benefit of individuals and the wider community.

""This group has achieved so much: repairing and surveying footpaths, creating new way marked routes with leaflets, guided walks and much more." Diane Green, local resident."

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