Christmas is Coming!
If you’re planning a walk around Whitchurch to take in the fabulous autumn colour, why not combine your visit with a bit of Christmas shopping; our small independent shops offer service with a smile and many items that you wouldn’t find on the High Street.
When you’ve walked and shopped, lunch or dinner in one of our Walkers are Welcome cafes or pubs would be a fine way to end your day in Whitchurch.
New Heritage Trail Launched
In 1888, the Star newspaper reported: ‘Whitchurch is in Hampshire. People who live IN it call it a town. People who live OUT of it call it a village. It is about as big as a good-sized pocket handkerchief. It has three shops and 19 public houses’. Today Whitchurch is still the smallest town in Hampshire, unfortunately with less pubs, but a few more shops and a story to tell….
Much of the town centre is now a conservation area and the Heritage Trail takes you on an easy two mile walk passing many of the surviving historic buildings and points of interest along the way.
The leaflet can be downloaded from the Walks section of this website
‘Mill Trail’ Footpath Improvements
Walkers are Welcome volunteers have completed the work to widen and in places level a narrow section of the Mill Trail. Hopefully this will help to eliminate some of the problems encountered during the winter months.
CPRE Hampshire Countryside Awards 2018
A fabulous evening was spent at the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England’s Annual Awards Ceremony and it was great to meet the team finalists involved in so many wonderful countryside projects around Hampshire. Although we didn’t come away with the trophy, on the night everyone was a winner and we are so proud of the achievements of our volunteers and all those giving their time to help protect and improve our environment.
‘The Harroway’ Re-opens to all Users
Walkers are Welcome volunteers have been supporting the North Hampshire Countryside Access Team to complete the work of filling in the potholes caused by off road vehicles on our local section of ‘The Harroway’ long distance byway.
The byway has now re-opened to all users.
Three Times Award Winners
Whitchurch Walkers are Welcome were three times winners at this year’s Annual Mayor’s Assembly and Community Day with three volunteers picking up special 25th Anniversary Awards in recognition of their tireless work and commitment to the town and the North Hampshire countryside.
The Spring Clear Up is Underway
Now that the snow has cleared, volunteers have been out assessing the condition of the countryside footpaths radiating out from town and removing litter from the paths and verges.
A big thank you to the young members of Whitchurch Scouts group who contributed to the effort over two evenings, collecting 15 sacks of litter.
Two gates installed…three to go.
Walkers are Welcome volunteers have begun the work to replace the five old stiles on the path from Bere Hill to the Harroway, with swing shut gates; two of the gates are now in, with the third scheduled for the 23rd January. When the work is completed, this will provide a 4.5 mile ‘stile free’ circular walk from the town centre and improved access on to the trails that head up to the Portway and Wayfarers long distance paths on the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.These improvements were made possible with the help of a grant from the HCC Rural Communities Scheme together with support from Whitchurch Town Council.
Guest Speakers at the North Wessex Downs Annual Forum
Whitchurch Walkers are Welcome coordinators Jackie Browne and Barry Carter took to the stage on Wednesday as guest speakers at this year’s North Wessex Downs AONB Forum.
It was a little daunting following on from Bill Bailey and his stories of walking the Ridgeway, but we seemed to go down well with the audience made up of local government councillors/employees from Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire & Wiltshire, representatives from Natural England, local conservation bodies, countryside rangers and representatives & volunteers from towns around the AONB. and various charities & special interest groups.
The PowerPoint slides illustrating the activities of our volunteers and young people engendered some real interest from other towns and offered us a fantastic platform to ‘Bang the Drum’ for Whitchurch and the North Wessex Downs.