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News from 2012
- Walking Festival 2013.
At our meeting on November 19th we confirmed the date of next year's walking festival as July 1st-7th.
We thought Monday-Sunday would give us the chance to spread events out and have some weekday daytime events, some weekday evening events and some weekend events.
As in our first festival, all the events will be free.
Many will be themed but some will 'just' be walks. We will carefully make clear on the programme which are which.
We are still at the planning stage so any ideas are welcome.
- Telford lost a remarkable walker on November 21st. Chris Dawes died after collapsing at Stirchley Leisure Centre this afternoon.
He was a an avid walker for most of his 69 years, having walked the Pacific Crest Trail,the Appalachian Trail and the Continental Divide Trail in the States, and a long distance route from Perth in Australia.
- Our facebook page is slowly growing, please consider visiting us there. This will continue to be used for news, you can add comments too.
- Vacancy on the committee One, and possibly another, of our founder members is leaving the area. As a result we would like to recruit one or two new members onto the committee to
help plan our 2013 festival. If you are interested, to contact us.
- Festival Feedback Thanks to all who came and supported the 2012 festival, and special thanks to those who filled in the feedback forms. We had an amazing 82 feedback forms from a possible 200 or so.
They have all been analysed and were overwhelmingly positive. A brief report is here.
- New footpath secretary At a recent committee meeting we appointed a footpath secretary. He will represent us on the Local Access Forum and the Wrekin Forest Partnership as well
as attempting to chase up any reports of problems on our local paths.
Contact him here
- Our first walking festival was very successful please see our Festival Page for a list of the events and some
of the routes we used. Also see our album page for some photos of the events. We would like to add more, so if you have any you are willing to share please send them to us.
Most of the committee posing for the Shropshire Star.
- Shropshire Hills AONB leaflet published A lot of our area South of the M54, e.g. Lime kiln woods, the Ercall and the Wrekin is in the Shropshire Hills AONB area.
As well as Wellington, Church Stretton, Bishop's Castle, Cleobury Mortimer, Knighton, and Much Wenlock have been designated Walkers are Welcome towns.
Together we have produced this leaflet.
Please see the AONB walking pages for further information
- See previous walks page for details of our earlier Sunday walks.
- Photos of many of our walks are on our album page .
- Sunday August 19th Bat Walk lead by local expert John Morgan of the Shropshire Bat Group, we started at 8.20pm at the Forest Glen car park, walked to the halfway huse, where we detected a pipistrelle bat, then returned and walked to the reservoir where we detected 5 species of bat and saw 3.
Thanks to John for a very enjoyable experience.
Note: We are not having a bat walk in the walking festival because bats are very hard to find in October as they breed at that time of year and they don't often fly in low temperatures.
- Saturday August 4th. Love British Food Kevin lead a walk to the Huntsman in Little Wenlock as part of
Love British Food 2012 .
The weather was brilliant before lunch, but we got soaked on the way back. There is a photo on our album page taken before the rain. Here
is the way we went.
- Our second AGM was held on Thursday June 14th at 7 p.m. in the King Street Cafe. The officers remain the same and we welcomed one new member to the committee.
- Photos of the some of the species seen on the May nature walk are now on our album page .
- April 24th was the 80th Anniversary of the Kinder Trespass. See here
- New walk on the third Sunday of each month, which started on April 15th. There is a new Walking for Health walk starting at 2 pm outside the leisure centre.
This is a 4 heart + walk, so is at the top end of the Walking for Health walks. See Walkabout Wrekin.
- We have recently joined The Walking Partnership. This new partnership, supported by Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, provides direct financial contributions to local walking groups to help with organising group walks, encouraging people to get out walking, helping to clear and improve footpaths, providing equipment to help walkers etc. Over the past 65 years, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays has given many millions of pounds to assist walking charities and conservation projects in Britain and the countries they visit on their worldwide holidays. Now our group can benefit directly.
Ramblers Worldwide Holidays operate group walking holidays in the UK and all around the world. Each holiday is accompanied by a qualified walk leader.
Holidays are graded in terms of difficulty, and there is a full range from sightseeing right up to hut-to-hut mountain treks. See above.
- Membership cards are now available for our regular walkers.
- New walking shop in Wellington. Walkers can now purchase good quality walking gear in Wellington from the new Wrekin Rambler shop in the town.
- Link to Wellington Town Council's double sided leaflet (warning 3.5MB download), featuring Wellington's history and the town centre map on one side and the walks on the other, added.
- Link added to the new website for visitors to Wellington Explore Wellington & The Wrekin Forest - visitor information on events, attractions, eating out and accomodation
- See previous walks page for details of our earlier Sunday walks
- Photos of many of our walks are
on our album page .
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This page has been prepared by
Wellington Walkers are Welcome Management Committee.
This is an ad hoc group of interested local walkers. We are not a party political organisation;
we have supporters of a range of political parties, and none, on our management committee who work effectively together.
The inspiration for the
group came from a combination
of Wellington LA21 group and
Wellington Town Council without whose help this would not have been possible.
Wellington Walkers are Welcome Management Committee
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Last updated 17th November 2016