START the new year with a spring in your step by going on a walk through Haslemere.
Haslemere is celebrating after officially becoming a ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town.
Known as a gateway to the Surrey Hills and Western Weald section of the South Downs National Park, it has become the very first ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town in Surrey, joining a network of more than 100 towns nationwide.
Join in the walk on January 1 through beautiful heathland and woodland with fine views starting from the Devil’s Punch Bowl Viewpoint.
The main walk is around two miles long with some rough ground and one steep section, so it is not recommended for pushchairs, wheelchairs or people with walking difficulties.
A shorter walk without the steep gradient will also be available and walkers are advised to wear appropriate footwear.
After a refreshing walk, everyone can warm up with some soup and a roll in the walkers’ private room at the Devil’s Punchbowl Hotel.
The special price for this is £4 per head with drinks available separately at the hotel bar.
To register for the walk and/or lunch or for more information, please call 01428 645425 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by December 18.
Parking is at the NT Café (free to members) or the Devil’s Punchbowl Hotel opposite (free for those having lunch).
There is also some free parking on the old A3 and in Heather Way Car Park.
The Walkers are Welcome UK Network is a nationwide initiative launched in 2007 to encourage towns and villages to be ‘welcoming to walkers’.
There are now more than 100 locations across the UK that have joined the innovative community-led scheme.
Haslemere launched a campaign earlier this year to get the prestigious honour of a Walkers are Welcome status, which recognises its reputation as being a great place for those on foot to discover.
The campaign included getting support from the public and some 500 signatures to demonstrate community backing for the bid.
For more information visit www.walkersarewelcome.org.uk