A bench for Bounds

The skylarks were singing inexorably on the hill between Aston and Remenham in south Oxfordshire as a few of David Bounds’ family and friends gathered on 30 April to unveil a bench in his honour.  David, who died in October 2019, aged 87, was the author of the Rambling for Pleasure series of walking guides.

David Bounds exploring the paths

David, who lived in Twyford, spent much of his later life devising walks, clearing routes and defending the path network from landowner obstruction and abuse.  He was footpath secretary of the Ramblers’ Loddon Valley Group, among other roles.

The bench has an unusual plaque design that illustrates David’s role in producing the guides, and his work for the Ramblers.

The plaque

David devoted his life to giving pleasure to walkers, by producing books with clear instructions and lively writing.  These gave people the confidence and interest to explore paths and find new places to walk.

The Rambling for Pleasure guides laid out on David’s bench

He worked tirelessly to ensure that paths were clear, usable, and well signposted and waymarked. 

The memorial seat was organised by Dave Ramm, co-producer of the Rambling for Pleasure series and other books, and David’s close friend.  It is in a lovely spot with a view over the Thames valley and a little way up the Hambleden valley, just the place to stop and reflect.

The view from the bench

Dave said: ‘David’s enduring talent was as a wordsmith.  His clear directions were constantly praised by those we met on the paths.  Who could resist those lovely tempting introductions that he was able to provide at the start of every ramble?

Dave Ramm enjoys the bench

‘We shall remember David not only through his books but also whenever we pass his bench, which is sited on Ramble 20 of Rambling for Pleasure Along the Thames.  It is the perfect spot to sit, admire the view, and think of David.’

David’s bench

First published in 1980, Rambling for Pleasure Along the Thames is now in its seventh edition: price £7.99.  the first Rambling for Pleasure guide was produced in 1975.

Ramble 20 from Rambling for Pleasure Along the Thames, showing the location of the bench

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I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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3 Responses to A bench for Bounds

  1. Dear Kate I was writing a reply when I pressed a button and lost it so I’m dictating this. Just to say I was sorry to hear about Dave Bounds but the bench is lovely especially the plaque. Can you tell me who engraved it please. I remember Dave in the days when we lived in Woodley and belonged to one of the rambling groups. I also remember Dave Ramm who asked me to read the draft of his guidebook the three castles path and let him know if it was clear enough to understand. We’ve both aged since then but it was 30 years ago. I’m not able to walk so far now unfortunately but I live in Winchester and surrounded by countryside which is a bonus. Thank you so much for your blogs. I’ve been meaning to write one for about five years now but just haven’t got round to it. I did set one up with WordPress but I haven’t got any further.

    • Dave Ramm says:

      Well Norma, you must have a better memory than me. The Three Castles Path is 30 next year so I’m sure everything else is also correct! The image on the stainless steel plaque was done by Cutlasercut.com. The metal is coated and the image burnt-in by laser. I’ve also had some QR codes made for the TCP. You might find some on the route in the Itchen Valley near you in Winchester; they give smartphone users direct access to the website/Facebook page etc. The route deliberately not waymarked – we would rather they bought the book!
      Glad you liked the plaque..
      My best wishes, Dave

  2. Dear Norma, thank you. It was designed by Dave Ramm but I don’t know who did the actual engraving, I’ll ask him to let you know.

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