A HOLYWELL walking group are inviting new members to get involved and enjoy the beautiful scenery around the town.

Holywell is the only town in Flintshire accredited as a Nationally recognised Walkers are Welcome town, with the town being a gateway to some of the best countryside in North East Wales.

This includes the 1,800 acre Halkyn and Brynford Common and a network of public footpaths, bridleways and quiet country lanes linking the town with unspoiled villages in its rural hinterland, most of which until now have remained largely unexplored - except by local walkers.

Martin Fearnley, the projects and development officer for Holywell Town Council, said: “This is a great opportunity to join or assist a group of people who are keen passionate and enthusiastic in helping develop Holywell and surrounding area further as a walking destination for locals and also a place where people want to come and visit and walk in our beautiful local area.”

Walkers are Welcome towns and villages are places which have something special to offer walkers and Holywell and District certainly has more than most to offer.

Obtaining Walkers are Welcome status, as a growing number of communities across Britain are doing, brings a number of benefits including to help strengthen a town’s reputation as a place for visitors to come to enjoy the outdoors and bringing useful benefits to the local economy.

It also helps to ensure that footpaths and facilities for walkers are maintained in good condition, benefiting local people as well as visitors. It can contribute to local tourism plans and regeneration strategies.

The groups next meeting will be held on Tuesday July 2 at the Holywell Town Council offices, in Bank Place, from 11am followed by a 90-minute walk.

For further details please contact Martin on 01352 711757 or 07779 545207.