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02 Nov 2017
The Whitchurch Association launched two new bus walks leaflets on Tuesday 24 October at the Town Hall with Town Councillor and Mayor John Buckley.
Whitchurch Association was accredited by the National Walkers are Welcome scheme in 2015. The scheme aims to boost the local economy in towns and villages by getting the most out of their walking trails, developing new walking opportunities, helping to maintain footpaths, promote local business and the use of public transport to access the countryside.
The idea of the bus walks is for people to catch bus and walk back to where they started in Whitchurch. There are two separate trails around Overton and Laverstoke which can be accessed using Andover route 76.
Stagecoach has supported the initiative by providing the group with a £250 grant in order to get the first run of leaflets developed and produced. The leaflets themselves provide a handy map and instructions for completing the walks and are currently available from Whitchurch Town Hall.
Denyse Coles, chair of the WA, said: “This really is a win-win for Whitchurch, more people will be coming in to use the walks, and using the local shops, giving them a boost. We’ve got plans to add more routes as time goes on, in addition to the two that are currently available. We would also like to thank Stagecoach for helping us to do this.”
Both Melanie Keylock, Stagecoach’s operation manager in Andover, and Stacey Churton, marketing manager, attended the launch.
Stacey said: “We are thrilled to be supporting the walking scheme, it is great for both of us as it gets more people to visit the area, as well as using the bus for leisure travel.”
Melanie added: “I’m really excited to try the walks out, I’m really glad to be a part of it. Whitchurch has fields and rivers, and it is rural, but not too far from somewhere like Basingstoke and Andover.”
More information on the walks can be found at whitchurch.org.uk
Top photo (left to right) Kay Buckley Mayoress, John Buckley Mayor of Whitchurch, Melanie Keylock Operations Manager Stagecoach Andover, Stacey Churton Marketing Manager Stagecoach South, Charmaine Hoey Planned Mapped and tested the walks, Barry Carter Walkers are Welcome Coordinator.