Go-ahead for village walking scheme

PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 July 2015

Rear View Of Hispanic Couple Walking Dog In Countryside.

Rear View Of Hispanic Couple Walking Dog In Countryside.

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WALKERS are officially welcome in a Somerset village after its membership to a national scheme was approved.

Cheddar has become the first village in the Mendip hills, and only the fifth in Somerset, to be awarded Walkers Are Welcome accreditation.

The national scheme aims to entice people to an area to enjoy walks, while also benefitting the shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants through the increased footfall.

Cheddar Walking Group made the application to the scheme, and chairman Huw Robson said: “We are absolutely thrilled.

“Gaining the accreditation is a huge boost for us and I would like to thank everyone who has worked hard to help us reach this stage, but now the work really begins as we put together a selection of guided walks and a programme of events.”

To gain accreditation, the group had to survey the footpaths in the village, report any problems, establish new walks and improve facilities for walkers.

The scheme will officially launch on September 4 with a special walk.

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