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Soudley-Blakeney Community Gateway

The Soudley-Blakeney Community Gateway provides a walking route through the historic Soudley Valley linking Blakeney to Soudley along the banks of the Forge Brook taking in the settlement of Two Bridges, running close to Brains Green and passing  the major tourist and educational interests of The Dean Heritage Centre. Essentially this links and upgrades around three miles of existing  footpaths and track ways to give everyone in the local  communities a family-friendly accessible route which combines nature, environment and historical interest, including an ancient foundry and metalworking site, to give a full route which  will enable all those on foot to enjoy the attractive landscape of the Soudley Valley.

The southern end finishes close to the A48 at the Blakeney Green where there is existing parking and the northern end finishes at Soudley Ponds, close to the Dean Heritage Centre which also has a café, parking and excellent visitor facilities. This opens up a circular six mile trail for everyone in combination with the existing paths and Forestry Commission trails along Blakeney Hill.

Much of the route is over an ancient routeway and many of the public footpath sections were more or less inaccessible due to decades neglect and overgrowth.  The Soudley-Blakeney footpath trail  now enables all  local people and visitors alike  to share an  attractive and interesting  route linking all in the community to local shops, doctors, post office and village pubs and creates a great resource for health walkers. The local health practice has already established an active group which promotes healthy walking for the older community members.

This new route provides excellent  outdoor education resources for local schools at both  Blakeney and Soudley to demonstrate the unique qualities and interest of the Soudley Valley including traditional land-use, such as upland  sheep farming  and forestry… not to mention the deer, boar, badgers, pannage, charcoal making, a huge range of other wildlife  and other local interests. It encourages tourist interest close to the A48, and local use of the Otter Holt community enterprise café at Blakeney and the Café  and other attractions at at the Dean Heritage Centre and promote local interest in conservation of the natural environment.

. If you can help us with path clearance and maintenance, and the host of other practical  tasks to support the project. Please contact us on 01594 368839  or email  Ewart Woolley at

Blakeney Community Green

Soudley Blakeney Gateway