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Walkers are Welcome

In July 2009 Ross became the 30th town to gain Walkers are Welcome accreditation. In celebration of this the organizing committee arranged a Walking Festival which took place over the weekend of 3rd and 4th October 2009 and was deemed to be a resounding success with 88 walkers booking places on the 15 walks.

This was the first Walking Festival and it was opened on Saturday 3rd October by a short ceremony at Ross Market Place. The crowd that gathered to watch was made up of the walkers, scheme sponsors, local people and visitors who happened to be passing. The ceremony was opened by Sam Phillips (Steering Group Chairman) and this was a celebration that marked the achievement of accreditation.

Councillor John Edwards accompanied by Mrs Sue Edwards, the Mayor and Mayoress of Ross, declared the festival open. John Edwards said that he and Ross Town Council were delighted to support the Walkers are Welcome initiative. He wished it well for this first festival and for future events and he said that the Walkers are Welcome was a good model to encourage all organisations and individuals in the town to work together which was reflected in the recently formed Association of Ross Traders.

The speeches concluded with the walkers gathered behind the Mayor at the top of the Market Hall steps where he cut a ribbon, which was held by Heather Webster and Sally Northcott from the Steering Group Committee. The walkers then descended down the steps to go off to the walks.

The programme of walks were designed for all abilities with difficulties from flat and riverside to ones that scaled Garway Hill, Howle Hill, Coppett Hill, Chase and Penyard Hills. In all there were 15 walks in total varying in length from 3 to 10 miles some of which were themed such as loooking at the local woodlands, ponds and streams.

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