MEMBERS of a steering group are striding ahead in their ambitions to achieve Walkers are Welcome status for Abergavenny.

They are seeking to recruit some more volunteers and develop a range of projects to help mark out Abergavenny as a walking destination.

A meeting on September 25, at 6pm at The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny, will be held to encourage new interest and generate ideas.

The steering group’s chairman, Ruth Coulthard, said: “Abergavenny is a perfect destination for walkers, having lots of different types of routes in the mountains, as well as along the valleys and canals.

“This, coupled with the wide variety of shops and facilities, makes it an ideal candidate for the Walkers are Welcome status.

“We hope by gaining this award we can put Abergavenny firmly on the walking map and encourage more people to visit our town and businesses.”

To achieve the award they need a proactive group of people to help bring all the walking projects together and think of new ways to encourage walkers.

Chepstowbecame a Walkers are Welcome town earlier this year, and Monmouth has submitted an application and will hear whether or not they have been successful shortly.