Celebrating the life of Tony Drake MBE

Tony Drake

Tony Drake MBE

Ramblers members and friends will be coming together to celebrate the life and achievements of the late Tony Drake MBE on Wednesday 22 May.

Lifelong Ramblers member and countryside advocate Tony Drake, who died last year aged 89, dedicated his life to developing the path network in England and Wales and was involved in the planning of the Cotswold Way National Trail and the Cambrian Way.

Walkers are invited to come along to a memorial event in his honour in Painswick, alongside the Cotswold Way, featuring local walks and a celebration picnic at which a sculpture will be unveiled by Ramblers President Kate Ashbrook.

Organised by the Gloucestershire Ramblers, the event on Wednesday 22 May will feature six walks of varying lengths as well as the opportunity to find out more about Tony Drake’s contribution to walking which included the production of the Gloucestershire definitive map.

“This will be a great gathering of ramblers and others who knew and respected Tony Drake MBE” said Mavis Rear of the Gloucestershire Ramblers. “We hope people will come along to share this very special and historical event in Gloucestershire, to recognise everything that this Rambler extraordinaire did for all those who love walking and who value our wonderful countryside.”

Tony Drake was awarded an MBE for his services to public rights of way in 2001. To find out more about his walking achievements read his obituary, written by Ramblers Senior Policy Eugene Suggett for the Guardian.