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*   The Strawberry Line


WESTBURY TO WELLS MULTI-USER PATH
A group of local people have been campaigning for the last two years to develop an off-road multi-user path to link the village with Wells, Cheddar and the communities in between.  The aim is that as far as possible the route should make use of the disused railway – the former Strawberry Line – but where that is not available to make use of quiet droves and country lanes. 

Organised as a branch of the Cheddar Valley Railway Walk Society, a registered charity, they have been working with other like minded groups in Rodney Stoke and Wells to press the case with some considerable success.   

It is the aim of the group to work with landowners, and to secure progress through agreement rather than confrontation.  We are a rural community and respect the needs of those who make their living from the land. 

Those wishing to know more about our work, or to offer help, should contact the Secretary of the group, Tony Shepherd on 01749 870871 or the Chairman, Mick Fletcher on 01749 870531.

ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE INCLUDE:

  • Persuading the County Council to give serious consideration to an off road path as part of the traffic improvements on the A371

  • Demonstrating clear local support for such a path through membership of the group and  contributions to the parish plan consultation

  • The decision by Sustrans to reroute the national cyclepath from Bristol to Padstow along the route and their active involvement with its development

  • The creation of a link between Rodney Stoke and Draycott through upgrading the footpath at Brangay Lane

  • The agreement of the County Council to fund a path along the railway track from Wells Leisure Centre to Haybridge

  • Securing funding from the Aggregates Levy to finance an outline feasibility study and an environmental survey

  • Further funding from the Aggregates Levy to finance the construction of an element of the route within Westbury

CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER DETAILS OF CHEDDAR VALLEY WALK


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