Route: Strawberry Line (United Kingdom)

Submitted by Kathy.freeman1650 on Sun, 02/27/2022 - 04:55am
United Kingdom
10.35 mi
Vertical Gain
238 ft

Taken from the leaflet:

'The Strawberry Line Heritage Trail is an 8 mile traffic free route through the heart of North Somerset linking the Levels to the Mendip Hills.  Part of the Great Western Railway, the Strawberry Line was completed in 1869.  It became an important line for passengers and freight carrying dairy produce, stone, and of course the famous Cheddar strawberries from which it takes its name.  The line was busy for nearly a century until it was closed in 1965. Since then the line has been reclaimed by nature and is now a Local Nature Reserve managed to protect and enhance a rich variety of wildlife habitats from ponds and wetlands to limestone grassland and dense scrub.  Work began converting the line to a walking and cycling route in 1983 by volunteers from the Cheddar Valley Walk Society.  Improvements are still being made to the route 25 years later and more exciting projects are planned for the future including extending the route.  The Strawberry Line project would not be possible without the ongoing support of a variety of volunteers and organisations.'  

It is mostly on gravel tracks but there are a few sections which are on quiet roads but(like through Axbridge) you do have to cross a few busier roads but the route is well signposted.  There is one very dark tunnel to go through where a torch is suggested.  While the description from the leaflet says 8 miles of traffic free route, the full distance from Cheddar to Yatton is just over 10 miles.

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