On 20th March 2008 Market Weighton became the first accredited Walkers are Welcome town in East Yorkshire. The brand is part of a national movement to raise the profile of great places to walk in Britain. This recognition has attracted more walkers to the area, and is encouraging more residents to take advantage of the terrific access to the local countryside. Three hundred and sixty seven people signed a petition to seek the accreditation, which had formal endorsement from the Town Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
Cllr Hanson, Chair of the Working Party said:
"Market Weighton is a paradise for walkers. Offering a good variety of short circular walks and longer linear walks Market Weighton is an ideal base for both regular walkers and those wishing to explore the countryside without using too much energy on the excellent network of disused railway tracks. Walking is fun, not fattening and free, so everyone can take part."
The official launch took place during a day of wet weather but over 40 walkers set out on a number of routes (below).
To maintain the Walkers are Welcome town status, the Working Party is working closely with local businesses and walking groups to establish the brand, raise the profile of walking and the amenities Market Weighton has to offer walkers.
Walking, Cycling and Riding
Because of Market Weighton's position at the edge of the Wolds, it is within easy reach of the many public footpaths and rights of way to be found in the East Riding of Yorkshire. These include two long distance footpaths, the Yorkshire Wolds Way and the Minster Way, and the shorter Hudson Way. The National Cycle Network - Route 66 also passes through the town.
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