Shropshire Star

Footpath named in honour of Bill Hodges who helped to keep it open

A popular footpath has been named after the Shrewsbury rambler who help save it when it was under threat.

Shrewsbury Ramblers, officially opening the 'Bill Hodges Way', a footpath at the back of Sharpstone Quarry that was at risk of being lost. At the front and playing a big part in the naming and erecting of the sign is from left: Neil Mosley, Reg Wilford, Audrey Menhinick and Peter Knight..

The Bill Hodges Way, behind Sharpstone Quarry, is one of the popular 'Twenty Walks In and Around Shrewsbury' compiled in a book, which has sold more than 9,500 copies since its publication in 2012.

The former footpath secretary of Shrewsbury Ramblers, Mr Hodges worked intensively with the Shropshire Council and the managers of the Bayston Hill Quarry to ensure that a suitable footpath replaced the right of way.

The footpath was first used by Shrewsbury Ramblers in the first week of January 2011, when 76 ramblers turned out to celebrate the opening of the track.

It has been used by dog walkers and ramblers ever since. The naming of the footpath as the ‘Bill Hodges Way’, approved by both the council and Tarmac, is a mark of recognition of the work undertaken by Mr Hodges.