Walkers are Welcome

A strong campaign by Friends of the Kelvin Valley and the Kilsyth & Villages Community Forum led to Kilsyth becoming:-

A Walkers are Welcome accredited town in 2008
A Colourful launch in 2009
Running the national Walkers are Welcome conference in 2010
Kilsyth won this accolade due to our extensive path system, continued improvements to the system and good community support. In just 10km of valley we have 100km of paths. Around 50km of these are signed and surfaced, and 50km are quieter and more remote unsigned and un-surfaced paths, giving something for everyone. See 'Kelvin Valley Path Network Map' for the network of paths and 'Exploring the Kelvin Valley' and 'Heritage Paths' for details.

The' Walkers are Welcome' towns network has around 100 towns throughout the UK who are members or aspiring to membership. Part of their leaflet reads:-

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’ 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.

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