Des­ti­na­tion Un­known!

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Keen walker and pho­tog­ra­pher, Paul Makepeace, from Church­down in Glouces­ter­shire, made the fol­low­ing dis­cov­ery while out and about on his trav­els. In terms of sign­post stu­pid­ity, we think this one re­ally does top them all. That is, of course, un­less you know dif­fer­ent! Paul tells us:

As a child in the 1950s, my par­ents reg­u­larly took my brother and my­self out for coun­try walks in the won­der­ful Der­byshire Peak District. In my teens I took part in long- dis­tance hikes with the Scouts and other or­gan­i­sa­tions. Dur­ing that time I do not re­mem­ber see­ing many signs in­di­cat­ing pub­lic foot­paths. We had to rely on the im­pec­ca­ble Ord­nance Sur­vey maps, ob­ser­va­tion and a com­pass.

Even at the ad­vent of the Pen­nine Way Na­tional Trail in 1965 sig­nage was not in abun­dance. It has been very help­ful over the last few years that pub­lic foot­paths have been bet­ter signed by County Coun­cils ei­ther by fin­ger­posts or ver­ti­cal posts with discs show­ing the var­i­ous longdis­tance path­ways and trails.

This year I walked the 100- mile Glouces­ter­shire Way from Chep­stow to Tewkes­bury, via Glouces­ter and Stow, and it is en­cour­ag­ing while walk­ing in un­known ar­eas,

particularly in forested ar­eas with re­stricted views, that the in­di­ca­tion posts are there. How­ever, the way­mark pic­tured ( right) near Church­down, could cause con­fu­sion to the un­wary, as Down Hather­way does not ex­ist!

I won­der if the per­son cre­at­ing the way­mark had Wil­liam Shake­speare on his mind, as the vil­lage is ac­tu­ally called Down Hather­ley.

On the same sub­ject a witty sign ( see be­low) was spot­ted by Gra­ham and Lynne Beb­bing­ton, from Tren­tham, Stafford­shire, when they were on a re­cent visit to the de­light­ful town of Bur­ford in Oxfordshire. Ob­vi­ously there’s much good cheer to be found in­side this lo­cal hostelry!

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