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The 'Walkers are Welcome' of Kirkby Stephen by Debs from The Outdoor Guide

Lady in WHILL powerchair in front of castle

Tuesday, 23rd January 2018

Since moving to Cumbria I have become involved with the ‘Walkers are Welcome’ of Kirkby Stephen.  Walkers are Welcome (WaW) is a nationwide initiative to encourage towns and villages to be welcoming to walkers.

Since its launch in 2007 there are more than 100 towns that have become involved in the scheme. The aim of WAW is to help towns and villages to be attractive for walkers with excellent information on local walks, contribute to local tourism and promote the health benefits of walking.

Kirkby Stephen and District WAW have developed a wheel friendly/ buggy friendly walk around Brough - a gentle 3km walks which takes you on a trial around the hidden gems of this tucked away Cumbrian village.

The walk talks in Brough Castle, the church and ice cream parlour. It’s a great way to get to know an area and an inclusive activity for all the family.

There is more information about this walk on the walk Eden website http://www.walkeden.org/downloads/BroughBuggyWalk.pdf where you can download the map of the trial.

Deb’s verdict

Andy and I had a lovely morning exploring Brough. The route takes you through the back streets of the village, along the river and along pathways to hidden caves. Brough has got a lot of history. The castle and church are definitely worth a visit. I did the trail in the WHILL and had no problems at all with the distance and the different changes of terrain on the route. On a cold and rainy day, the mug of hot chocolate from the café in Brough was very well received!

 It’s worth checking out if there is a WaW in your local area, as they offer great walks and are becoming more aware of the need for more accessible walks.

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