Monmouth Walkers are Welcome

Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.

Thomas Jefferson

Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome Provide Boot Cleaner

Tuesday 5th May 2015

Walkers in Monmouth now have the chance to clean their muddy boots, to the delight of business-owners in the town. Collaboration between the Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome group, Monmouthshire County Council and Chris Grove, publican at the Robin Hood pub, has resulted in a brand new boot cleaner being installed in the beer garden at the Robin Hood.

Brian Ramsey, Chair of Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome said: “We were fortunate to be granted match-funding by MCC (from the adventa programme), which was aimed at improving facilities for walkers in Monmouthshire. Many walkers are reluctant to enter shops, restaurants and pubs in the town if they have muddy boots. By providing a very simple boot cleaner, in a secure location that will be accessible every day from 11am to 11pm, we will be encouraging walkers to be more confident about visiting businesses in the town, without having to worry about muddy boots.”

The walking group is fortunate to have Grahame Thomas, a retired Architect, on their Committee and, working with Chris Grove, publican at the Robin Hood and his maintenance team from Three Rivers Renovations, they quickly identified a suitable boot cleaner, decided on a location and installed it – all in the space of a week!

Chris Grove said: “We always welcome walkers and their dogs at the Robin Hood and we are delighted to be able to help in improving the walking experience in the town.”

Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome is looking for another site for a second boot cleaner, preferably at the ‘top’ of the town. If you know of a suitable location and would like to help, please contact the group via their website or facebook page (search for ‘Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome’).

Boot Cleaner

Members of the Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome group cleaning their boots at the newly installed boot cleaner at the Robin Hood pub in Monmouth.

Armed Forces Community Covenant Project Launch

March 2015

Monmouth community organisations and members of the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) - (RMRE(M)) - will be working more closely together thanks to a £30,000 grant from the Armed Forces Community Covenant.

The grant, which was submitted by Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome, will ensure that residents and visitors to the town will recognise and remember the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community. This will be achieved by the installation of interpretation panels at the Regimental HQ at Monmouth Castle and a trail of Poppy Plaques from the Castle to the site of the old Troy railway station, where there will also be an art installation.

Armed Forces personnel from the RMRE(M) will be involved in the installation of the panels and the art installation, doing preparatory groundwork, using skills that they normally employ whilst in training and on operations.

The Poppy Trail, believed to be the first of its kind in the UK, will consist of ceramic plaques, marking the route taken by soldiers of the RMRE (M) as they ‘marched off to war’ in August 1914.

Brian Ramsey, Chair of Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome said: “We were delighted to hear that our bid was successful. We are looking forward to working with the many different community groups and the Armed Forces community to bring this project to completion.”

Armed Forces Community Covenant Project Launch

Monmouth Walkers Contribute to National Banner

January 2015

Monmouth has been a ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town for over two years and the group has produced walking leaflets and organises monthly guided walks.  The national ‘get-together’ was held in Chepstow in October last year and towns were invited to send an embroidered square to be included in a banner, which would then be displayed at each get-together.

Monmouth is fortunate to have local resident Eira Steggles who is a keen walker and embroiderer she has designed and produced an attractive square of Monmouth showing the Monnow Bridge, Monnow Street and St Mary's Church.

Brian Ramsey, Chair of Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome, said: ‘Eira and her husband Harry were founder members of our group and have contributed an enormous amount of their time to ensuring our success, writing and illustrating 5 of our walk leaflets. This beautiful embroidery square will represent the town and our group at each annual get-together for Walkers Are Welcome towns. We are extremely grateful to have their experience and support.’

Further information for Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome is available from The Shire Hall, Monmouth or via