New Kissing Gate

New kissing gate in the Mendip Hills AONB to celebrate 30 years of Stoke Lodge Ramblers

Rag Spring gate March14 (3)SMStoke Lodge Ramblers have donated a kissing gate to celebrate their 30th Anniversary. Mendip Ramblers volunteers joined forces with the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Unit and Bath &North East Somerset Rights of Way team to install the gate on the Limestone Link path. The gate replaces an old stile next to the historic Rag Spring near Compton Martin improving access on this popular walking route in the Mendip Hills AONB.

Neville Brewis, Chairman of Stoke Lodge Ramblers said, “Our group celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2013 and decided to mark this occasion by sponsoring a new kissing gate in the Mendip Hills AONB and have been greatly helped by the AONB Unit and the Mendip Ramblers with this ambition. Our club thanks both organisations for their speedy and efficient completion of this project. The Mendip Hills has long been an area that our club has used extensively for our walks. Two of the club’s founder members, Don and Pat Walter were present to witness the installation of the new gate on March 25th on the Limestone Link foot-path near Compton Martin.”

Andy Mallender, AONB Project Development Officer said, “We were delighted to assist Stoke Lodge Ramblers by finding a suitable location with Bath & North East Somerset Rights of Way team and organise the work with the Mendip Ramblers who have regular volunteer days to improve routes in the area’.

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