Walkers will head for Weighton

Market weighton walkers
Market weighton walkers

A TOWN is taking a step in the right direction this weekend as it welcomes walkers from across the UK.

The National Conference of the Walkers are Welcome organisation is being held in Market Weighton this weekend at the Market Weighton School, with delegates from Scotland, Wales and England set to arrive on Saturday.

They will participate in walks organised jointly by Market Weighton Walkers are Welcome committee and Visit Hull and Eat Yorkshire (VHEY).

On Saturday evening an informal dinner will be attend by delegates at Langlands Garden Centre.

Then on Sunday the conference will start at 9am for registration then at 9.30am.

The conference will be formally opened by the President of Walkers are Welcome Market Weighton, Lionel Cashin, followed by a short address from the Mayor of Market Weighton Councillor Peter Hemmerman.

Market Weighton was the first town in the East Riding to successfully achieve a Walkers are Welcome status in 2008. 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, as well as ensuring that footpaths and facilities for walkers are maintained in good condition.

Speaking about the weekend’s forthcoming activities, organising committee member, Nigel Botting, said: “Market Weighton were honoured to be awarded the accolade of host town for the fifth national Walkers are Welcome Annual Conference two years ago and since then have worked very hard to bring the event together.

“It is a splendid opportunity to show case the Yorkshire Wolds as a wonderful area to visit. With stunning views over the vale of York the Wolds offer a diverse range of walking from gentle country walks to more challenging hilly areas.

“One gentleman observed that the National conference is the biggest thing to hit Market Weighton since Giant Bradley!”

Mr Botting added: “The workshops have been organised so that delegates can gain knowledge on various topics such as how to set up a long distance trail, organising a walking festival on a small budget and the law relating to rights of way.

“The Market Weighton committee would like to express their gratitude to all the sponsors who have given so generously to ensure a successful day.”