Walkers are Welcome towns and villages are places which have something special to offer walkers. A unique community-led scheme – run by the towns themselves – with the aim of making your visit a really enjoyable one. You’ll know you’re in a Walkers are Welcome community when you see the familiar black and gold logo in shops, cafes and B&Bs. In the Wye Valley National Landscape Ross on Wye and Chepstow are Walkers are Welcome towns, which run two very popular annual walking festivals – Chepstow in April and Ross on Wye in September. They also run guided walks through out the year.
Freedom, fresh air, nature, beautiful views, peace – things we for granted in a National Landscape and area of outstanding natural beauty – but denied to refugees held in immigration detention. So it was extra special to welcome a group of refugees to the Wye Valley National Landscape in partnership with Chepstow Walkers are Welcome and Refugee Tales. Accompanied by Murray, the Refugee Tales dog, 20 people from around the world and the UK, walked to Lancaut for a picnic beside the ruined church. It was a life enriching experience for all involved and we would love to do more walks like this.
Since 2015 Refugee Tales have been embarking on small and large scale walks in solidarity with refugees, people seeking asylum, migrants and people who have experienced immigration detention.