Walkers are Welcome

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Walkers are Welcome (WAW) is a community led initiative to promote towns as places that have something special to offer walkers of all kinds. Towns and villages who seek Walkers are Welcome must fulfil six criteria to gain accreditation:

  • Gain formal endorsement for the application.
  • Ensure that footpaths and facilities for walkers are well maintained.
  • Market the WaW scheme.
  • Encourage walking via public transport.
  • Demonstrate how WaW status will be maintained. • Demonstrate local support for the concept.

Obtaining Walkers are Welcome status, as a growing number of communities across Britain are doing, brings a number of benefits. It helps strengthen a town's reputation as a place for visitors to come to enjoy the outdoors, bringing useful benefits to the local economy. It also helps to ensure that footpaths and facilities for walkers are maintained in good condition, benefiting local people as well as visitors.

Baildon,  Bingley and Burley in Wharfedale have all been successful in demonstrating all six criteria.


Baildon was awarded Walkers are Welcome status due to its fantastic countryside location and abundance of walks for walkers of all abilities. Baildon village sits neatly in between Ilkley, and Saltaire a UNESCO World Heritage site and is surrounded by rugged moorland, perfect for walking.

Baildon sits in the beautiful South Pennines and we hope you enjoy walking in this wonderful part of Yorkshire. Downloadable routes can be found on our site for a number of local walks as well as long distance routes that start or include Baildon.

For more information check out their website.

Path to Baildon Moor - Barry Wilkinson


River Aire Bingley

Bingley and the surrounding area is situated in verdant Airedale and has two rail stations (Bingley and Crossflatts), good bus links and offers great walks for those who love the great outdoors. There are walks for all ages and abilities from a stroll along the Leeds to Liverpool Canal towpath and the magnificent Five Rise Locks, to one of Bingley’s three parks: Myrtle Park, Prince of Wales Park and the St Ives Estate with children’s adventure playground.

For more information check out their website.

Burley in Wharfedale

Burley is superbly situated for walking and for wildlife, being surrounded by meadows and moors and with the picturesque River Wharfe passing close to the village centre. There are numerous footpaths accessing Burley and Baildon Moors to the south, Ilkley and Addingham Moors to the west, the Chevin Country Park to the east, and the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the north.

There are many interesting buildings within the historic core of the village, and these are described in a History Trail booklet available from the library.

Burley has excellent public transport links, with express bus services to Leeds, Ilkley and Skipton, and frequent rail services from Bradford, Leeds and Ilkley. A number of walking routes start in the countryside immediately outside the railway station.

A leaflet of local walks in and around the village, ‘Five Rambles from the Roundhouse’ is available for sale in the village and at Visitor Information Centre in Ilkley.

Burley in Wharfedale
Explore The Welcome Way – 28-mile circular walk in West Yorkshire, a collaboration between the three ‘Walkers are Welcome’ (WAW) communities.