98 % of local residents surveyed are in support of this project - everyone recognises the need to stay fit and healthy as well as to reduce our carbon emissions. However, lack of safety is the number one barrier for local residents to engage in active travel. Our initiative aims to create an off road route that will enable everyone to travel safely away from traffic through glorious countryside.
Where is it?
We are currently working on a proposal to transform the disused Somerset & Dorset railway line from the southern border of Somerset at Henstridge to the north-west border at Bridgwater and Burnham-on-Sea. It is one of the most ambitious projects of it’s kind and we aim to link our endeavours with those of the North Dorset Trailway to the south and with Frome’s Missing Links and the Strawberry Line to the north. See Maps
Why is it such a good idea?
The benefits of the Somerset Rail to Trail Project to communities across Somerset include road safety, physical and mental health benefits, accessibility for disabled and elderly users, reduced carbon emissions, and economic benefits from attracted tourism, as well as opportunities for diversified income streams for landowners along the route. We all need more ways to get out and about where we can maintain safety whilst still having fun.
How can I help?
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