Gloucestershire benefactor ensures public paths are well marked

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The public paths around Cheltenham in Gloucestershire continue to be well marked, thanks to the far-sightedness of Cheltenham benefactor Herbert Lucas Bradbury.

Mr Bradbury died in 1959 leaving £1,500 on trust for erecting and maintaining signposts on public paths within a six-mile radius of Cheltenham Post Office.


The fund, known as the Bradbury Bequest, is administered by the Open Spaces Society, while the Gloucestershire Ramblers—for decades led by their area footpath secretary Tony Drake, who has only recently retired—have arranged for the signposts to be erected.

Says Doug Houston, footpath secretary of the Ramblers’ Mid Glos Group: ‘Last autumn the county council’s public rights of way department erected 12 more signs for us, showing destination and distance clearly marked.

‘Speaking for Tony Drake and myself, we are grateful that the original bequest from a local businessman back in 1959 is still providing useful guidance for all walkers in our area.’

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