Walkers celebrate the opening of the Brenda Parker Way
On Easter Saturday over 100 Ramblers, friends and family gathered at Silchester from across Hampshire and further afield for the official opening of the Brenda Parker Way. This included Ramblers from Andover, North Hampshire Downs and NE Hants Groups, past & present members from the Area Committee, and many others who had known Brenda.
Alan Marlow, our Access Officer, opened the proceedings and thanked all those involved in creating this new path. Kate Ashbrook, a trustee of the Ramblers and general secretary of the Open Spaces Society, paid tribute to the work that Brenda did for over four decades to win a better deal for walkers throughout Hampshire. Then, together with Brenda's cousins Judith Borsay and Martin Parker, she cut the ribbon to officially open the walk. This was followed by a four mile walk along the route through Pamber Forest and then back across Silchester Common.
The Brenda Parker Way is now fully open and covers 78 miles across north Hampshire from Aldershot to Andover, taking in local beauty spots such as Fleet Pond, Silchester Roman Town, Ashford Hill Nature Reserve and Highclere Castle. The Brenda Parker Way has been designed to be walked in nine stages, each accessible by public transport. The dedicated website www.brendaparkerway.hampshire.org.uk gives walkers all the details needed to enjoy this new long distance path across beautiful north Hampshire.
Peter Davis, North Hampshire Downs Ramblers
Hampshire walk route opens in tribute to Brenda Parker (BBC News - Hamphire & Isle of Wight)
North Hampshire Downs