Children in the four Baildon Primary Schools have all been given a free copy of this new publication to take home to their families to encourage them to leave their cars at home and enjoy walking to local towns and villages.
Thanks to a grant from Shipley Area Committee’s Climate Action Fund, Baildon Walkers are Welcome have described and mapped walking routes to 11 neighbouring towns and villages including Ilkley, Guiseley, Idle, Shipley, and Bingley – as well as the villages in between. Each walking route includes a written description and map.
Bob Davidson, Chair of Baildon Walkers are Welcome said: “With the COP26 Conference going on right now, many of us are looking for practical ways to “do our bit” to address the Climate Emergency. Leaving our cars at home and walking for local journeys, not only saves on carbon emissions and air pollutants but provides a free, and fun, outing for adults and children – and sometimes, when the roads are congested, walking can be nearly as quick as going by car.”
Debbie Davies, Baildon Ward Councillor and Member of Shipley Area Committee said: “The ‘Going Places on Foot from Baildon’ book will be a great help to anyone wanting to find pleasant and easy ways to get to neighbouring towns and villages on foot. Shipley Area Committee is delighted to be able to support small scale practical projects like this which contribute to the health and wellbeing of local residents and to helping us to care for our environment.”
The photo shows Cllr Davies; Chris Flecknoe of Baildon Walkers are Welcome; along with Headteacher, Claire Thirkill, and pupils of Hoyle Court Primary School, with their copies of “Going Places”. The pupils shown are: Jessica Williams and Halle Malcome-Saidy from Birch Class and Victoria Proud, Samuel Burns and Muhammed Zain Tayyib from Yew Class.
Baildon has been a designated Walkers are Welcome town since 2013 and offers Guided Walks; publications; training in Map Reading and Walks Leading; and downloadable walks on their website.
For more information about Baildon Walkers are Welcome, including details of Guided Walks, and how to get a copy of the “Going Places on foot” book, go to www.baildonwalkerarewelcome.org or find us on Facebook.
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