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General Category => Real Railway Discussion => Topic started by: rogerfarnworth on September 13, 2019, 06:02:35 PM

Title: Abandoned Railways and Cyclepaths
Post by: rogerfarnworth on September 13, 2019, 06:02:35 PM
The Guardian carried an article on 31st August 2019 about old rail routes being used as cycleways. It suggested the 10 best routes where old railway formations are in use as cycleways. Theirs is not the only list of routes which seeks to provide a "Top Ten."

I have pulled together a few examples in the linked post below. I'd like to add at least one which does not feature in the top ten lists, and that is the Forest of Dean.

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/09/13/railways-and-cycleways-no-1-a-top-ten (http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/09/13/railways-and-cycleways-no-1-a-top-ten)

Which route is best?
Title: Re: Abandoned Railways and Cyclepaths
Post by: pape_timmo on September 13, 2019, 07:25:59 PM
Iíve always wanted to take a trip along disused railway lines, and this is. An interesting list youíve compiled here.

There is a walk along the Hockley Viaduct near Winchester that I enjoyed once, but havenít been along there for years.

Cheers, Timmo
Title: Re: Abandoned Railways and Cyclepaths
Post by: GrahamG on September 13, 2019, 07:37:40 PM
I really enjoy walking and cycling old railway routes. I've cycled the Downs Link from Guildford to Shoreham-by-Sea and also a route from Alton to Fareham which is partly on the route of the Meon Valley line. My wife and I have also walked the route of the line in the Scottish Borders from Roxburgh to Jedburgh.
Graham
Title: Re: Abandoned Railways and Cyclepaths
Post by: port perran on September 13, 2019, 08:02:07 PM
Where I live there is are a fair number of walkways/cyclepaths which follow the trackbed of old narrow gauge mineral railways (of which there were quite a few around the mining areas of Cornwall).
Indeed, we can walk from home to either North or South coasts along such tramway paths without encountering roads or traffic).
It is still possible to see the remains of old structures (particularly bridges) in some places and quite frequently the setts (stone sleepers) remain in situ.

Title: Re: Abandoned Railways and Cyclepaths
Post by: rogerfarnworth on September 14, 2019, 05:55:45 AM
It is sad that so many of these tramways/tramroads and railways have gone but it is wonderful that the routes and sometimes old structures gave been preserved.

Incidentally, port perran, I have written a short series of articles about the East Cornwall Mineral Railway. ... Is that one of the routes to which you refer?

These are the links to those articles:

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/03/26/the-east-cornwall-mineral-railway-part-1 (http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/03/26/the-east-cornwall-mineral-railway-part-1)

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/03/28/the-east-cornwall-mineral-railway-part-2 (http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/03/28/the-east-cornwall-mineral-railway-part-2)

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/04/02/the-bere-alston-to-callington-branch (http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/04/02/the-bere-alston-to-callington-branch)