Two Gloucestershire villages to be linked by ancient path

A £50,000 grant has been awarded to a community project to reinstate an ancient footpath linking two villages.

The three mile (4.8km) long pathway, in the Forest of Dean, was the main route for centuries between Soudley and Blakeney before it became impassable.

The Soudley and Blakeney Community Gateway Project will use the People Millions' grant to clear the path.

Jane Cordier, who is leading the project, says it will be "fantastic to see our project come to life."

The money will be used to overhaul paths and stiles and repair and replace footbridges over the Forge brook.

"We need to make it a path again," said Ms Cordier.

"It needs clearing, repairing and there's land that's slipped away that needs to be strapped up.

"But with this pathway, the history and beauty of the area will open up for everyone to enjoy."

Gloucestershire county councillor Vernon Smith said restoring the "ancient horse drawn tramway" would give the villages better access to each other's facilities.

"It will benefit everyone throughout the Soudley Valley," he said. "And in the two interlinked settlements of Brains Green and Two Bridges."

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