Weekend of walking planned

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A WEEKEND of walking is being lined up to help a scheme put its best foot forward.

The Walkers Are Welcome status for Pocklington will finally be up and running from next weekend with a series of strolls arranged to mark the occasion.

Organised by the Pocklington and Wolds Gateway Partnership, spokesperson Jo Green said: “The weekend is to celebrate Pocklington achieving Walkers are Welcome status. We have planned a programme which we hope will appeal to all ages and abilities.

Children will have the chance to complete a treasure hunt around the town and enter a draw to win Pocklington Percy, a hiking teddy bear.

The more energetic walkers will have the chance to link to Walkers are Welcome towns by walking a 10 mile route along the Wolds Way.”

Pocklington became only the 55th town in Britain to be granted the special Walkers are Welcome status, which is designed to attract people to the area to enjoy outdoor pursuits.

The successful bid comes after hard work by the Pocklington and Wolds Gateway Partnership, who say they are keen for people to enjoy the area more which would boost trade and tourism.

Market Weighton became the first town in East Yorkshire to successfully join the scheme, in May 2008.

Earlier in the year, local businesses in Pocklington gathered signatures to show there was local support for the scheme, which will promote the town through a national network of Walkers are Welcome towns.

Gateway members had worked with Pocklington Town Council and Pocklington Ramblers’ Association to help meet the criteria. They felt the town was an ideal location for attracting walkers to the area, with the choice of the hills of the Wolds and the flat land of the Vale of York.

Jo Green continued: “Those of us who live in Pocklington know how welcoming the shopkeepers and cafe owners are. I think it is Pocklington’s strong selling point and I hope that our weekend of events will bring visitors into the town who will feel so welcome that they will come back again.

“We hope our programme will have something for everyone whether they just want to call in for a cup of tea with us, take part in family activities or take a walk on the Wolds Way.”

Programmes are available in many of the town centre premises or can be viewed on Pocklington Percy’s Facebook page.

The Walkers Are Welcome team will be at the Arts Centre on the morning of Saturday, 12 March to help people choose which walk will suit them best. Alternatively, they can email pocklingtonwaw@hotmail.co.uk or ring Jo Green on (01759) 301386.

A bus service is available to transport walkers to and from the starting and finishing points during the Saturday timetable, although places are limited and must be booked in advance by contacting Jo Green.

The price is £1 for adults, 50p for children. There is no charge for the walks.

l See next week’s Post for walk details