Rose Wheeler, Chair of Mytholmroyd Walkers’ Action, which is behind the town’s Walkers are Welcome status, explains their new innovative initiative to get more women and children into the countryside.
With growing numbers of Facebook friends and members, Mytholmroyd Walkers are Welcome are reaching more local people than ever before. Through Mytholmroyd Walking Action (MWA) one of the group’s main aims has always been to get more people walking. And it is doing just that, not just through Facebook pages and an active web-site, but also by getting together with Marmaladies – Mytholmroyd’s Women’s Institute (WI). Two evening walks in the summer attracted over 50 local women, many of whom are not regular walkers. And two summer picnic walks brought out the buggies so that toddlers as well as older children were able to enjoy some lovely local picnic spots.
One buggy walk to Wood Top included a visit to the Gnome House – and little ones enjoyed some gnome story-telling. The other buggy walk involved a challenging climb up to and beyond the nature reserve at Broadhead Clough. The climb was particularly strenuous for the eight Mum’s pushing buggies, but it was well worth it for the views!
At the same time as Marmaladies and children’s walks, MWA has continued to organise a number of successful walks around Mytholmroyd.