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Type of Walk: Disused Railways

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Category Disused Railways

'We aim for a comfortable pace that enables members to enjoy each locality and learn something about its industrial history, ideally with a pleasant pub stop for lunch. If this sounds like the sort ...
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Category Disused Railways

'The Alban Way does not just serve as a transport route for people, but also as a green corridor for plants and animals. Many bird, insect and mammal species can be found. If you look care ...
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Category St Albans

'The line opened on 1 September 1860 and was operable for more than 100 years. Passenger numbers declined sharply after the Second World War and passenger services ended in 1951, although commercia ...
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Category Welwyn Hatfield

'This virtually flat path connects Bath to the Midford Valley, following the track-bed of the former Somerset and Dorset Railway. It incorporates the Devonshire Tunnel and Combe Down Tunnel; the lo ...
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'In the period April to September the Friends carry out surveys and regularly walk the Park observing the seasonal changes. On the third Sunday of the month the public are invited to join the walk ...
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Category Rushcliffe

'This former Northampton to Market Harborough Railway is now a car free "linear" park surrounded by beautiful scenery and rich in natural and historical heritage. It provides a 14 mile long walking ...
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Category Harborough

'The Bristol & Bath Railway Path was constructed on the bed of the former Midland Railway by cycling charity Sustrans between 1979 and 1986 ... Today the Path is owned by Bristol City ...
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Category Bristol

'Set-up to increase the bio-diversity of the area by cutting back scrub and opening up the canopy to encourage the undergrowth to flourish. Creating additional habitats for insects, reptiles, small ...
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Category Aylesbury Vale

'Hikers, beware summer vacation time when there can often be far too many cyclists for comfort, particularly between Padstow and Wadebridge. Horses and walkers are supposed to take precedence over ...
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Category West Cornwall

'The Trailway is named after Charles Castleman, a Wimborne Solicitor, who was responsible for building the original railway line and the first to connect Dorset to the wider rail network. The South ...
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Category New Forest

'The name Centurion Way was suggested by a local schoolboy and is based on the fact that the path crosses the course of a Roman road. Sculptures relating to aspects of local history were p ...
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Category Chichester

'Fairly flat and traffic-free, the route has directly linked railway stations at either end (Shotton; Chester) providing the option to cycle/walk one way and return by train.'

 


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'Tracing the route of old railways and quiet lanes, this relaxing and mainly traffic-free environment is excellent for walking and cycling, with large sections suitable for wheelchair users and som ...
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'Traffic free section of the National Cycle Network developed by Sustrans along the old Belfast to Comber railway line. The path was completed in November 2008 and provides a tranquil green corrido ...
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Category Belfast City

'The route is one of Sustrans' Art Trails and features a collection of artworks including Terris Novalis by internationally renowned artist Tony Cragg, a theodolite and an engineer's level ...
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'The "Crab and Winkle Way" takes its name from the railway line which ran between the towns of Canterbury and Whitstable. On Monday 3rd May 1830, a clanking passenger locomotive, the "Invicta" pull ...
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Category Canterbury

'The railway opened in 1880 and became known as the Cuckoo Line because traditionally, the first cuckoo of spring was released from a cage at Heathfield Fair. The line was axed under the B ...
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Category Wealden

'The Derwent Valley Railway was opened in 1867 and carried passengers and goods between Newcastle and Consett until the line closed in 1962 ... There are numerous viaducts, the most impres ...
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'The Downs Link follows 2 disused railway lines and crosses the Surrey Hills, the Low Weald, the South Downs and the Coastal Plain. Since the trains departed in the 1960's the embankments ...
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Category Guildford

'New sections of Drake’s Trail include iconic features such as Gem Bridge, replacing an older viaduct, and Grenofen Tunnel. The Trail also includes the long-established Plym Valley Trail, and creat ...
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Category West Devon

'These railway paths are permissive routes (meaning the landowner allows the public to use them) and are looked after by our countryside service.'


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Category Durham [City]

'All in all, it was a pleasant way to spend an hour and a half. It wasn't necessarily the greatest walk in the whole world, but it was nice enough. It crossed three rivers (Chess, Gade and Colne) a ...
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Category Three Rivers

'The Fallowfield Loop was previously part of the old "Manchester Central Station Railway", built in the 1890s and closed in 1988 ... The line had lain derelict for many years until the lat ...
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Category Manchester

'The route name comes from the Flitch Trial, a folk custom still surviving today which originated in Little Dunmow. Every four years a married couple stands before a mock court - if they can prove ...
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Category Braintree

'From Derry a traffic-free cycle path runs parallel to the River Foyle towards the border with Donegal. This section uses the track-bed of the former Great Northern Railway. This is a shared-use pa ...
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Category Derry & Strabane

'The 4.5 mile pathway can be used for walking or cycling and a great deal of wildlife can be seen in the diverse mix of habitats along the pathway. The Warwickshire Wildlife Trust does a l ...
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Category Rugby

'Passes through open parkland and countryside, woodland, coastal heath and alongside pebble beach.'


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Category Eastleigh

'The High Peak Trail is designated part of the Pennine Bridleway, a 130-mile (209.2 km) leisure route which starts at Middleton Top, near Cromford, and includes 73 miles (117.5 km ...
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Category Derbyshire Dales

'As well as being along the Yorkshire Wolds Way, this walk follows part of the Hudson Way, a long distance walk named for George Hudson "The Railway King" who fell from grace ...
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'Built in 1864 at the instigation of a Hornsea resident, Joseph Wade, the line runs across some very attractive if not spectacular countryside.'


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'Flat, easy-to-use route into the countryside.'


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Originally the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway, the first railway line to be built in Edinburgh, the Innocent Railway got its name because of its excellent safety record; despite carrying u ...
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'This part of the railway path crosses the river a number of times on the original rail bridges and includes a short section of elevated wooden walkway which bypasses where the line used to go thro ...
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Category Allerdale

Railway Paths Visitor Charter 'Walkers, wheelchair users, cyclists and horse riders are all allowed to use the Railway Paths. Please take care when other people are around, and be aware of ...
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'The Long Melford–Bury St Edmunds branch line was a railway between Long Melford on the Stour Valley Railway and Bury St Edmunds on the Ipswich to Ely Line. The line opened on 9 August 1865 and clo ...
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Category Babergh

Local Attractions: [1] Ashlawn Cutting Nature Reserve - - - : [2] Cock Robin Wood Nature Reserve - - - : [3] Draycote Meadows Site of Special Scientific Interest - - - : [4] Newbold Comyn - - - : [ ...
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Category Rugby

'However, for those of us who actually know the Peak District well and actually pay attention and go walking, cycling, climbing and so on, here is the correct Manifold Trail information. The Manifo ...
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'The Manifold Way does not pass through any significant centres of population; indeed it was once described by a railway worker as a line that started in the middle of nowhere, and ended u ...
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'The route is named after the chief engineer and manager of the Midland and Great Northern Railway system William Marriott.'


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Category Broadland

'Follow the Mawddach Trail with Jacky and Graham O'Hanlon's 22 page guide detailing the history and points of interest that you will encounter along the beautiful "Railway Walk" along the Mawddach ...
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Category Merioneth

'For much of its length, the Middlewood Way runs close to the Macclesfield Canal, and there are many options for easy circular walks. For the more adventurous, the extensive publi ...
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Category Stockport

'For many years the Trail could not follow the trackbed throughout as tunnels had been closed for safety reasons ... meaning that the Trail was diverted ... Plans to make the tunnels safe and re-op ...
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Category Derbyshire Dales

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Category St Albans

'The North Dorset Trailway Network is a Charity that is dedicated to extending and improving the Trailway, which is largely made up of sections of the old Somerset and Dorset Railway which ...
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Category North Dorset

'We are more interested in finding what remains of our industrial heritage, in good company, ideally with a pleasant picnic stop for lunch. If this sounds like the sort of thing that interests you, ...
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Category Northumberland

'A waggonway can be differentiated from a railway line as waggonways predate them and usually had wooden rails, along which, carts would be pulled by horses. This waggonway is unfortunately quite d ...
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Category Fife

'It is a Local Nature Reserve and a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation. It was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 1990 and is London's longest LNR.'


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Category Haringey

'This traffic-free section of the Cornish Way starts only a mile from St Austell station and leads to the bustling fishing village of Mevagissey. It includes a link to the famous Lost ...
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Category East Cornwall

'The Perry Way is named in memory of a keen local cyclist and was opened by the Mayor of Telford & Wrekin in April 2004.'


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Category Telford & Wrekin

'There are many places to join the trails network, and these all have car parking: [1] Tibshelf Ponds, on the Five Pits Trail - - - : [2] Brierley Forest Park - - - : [3] Teversal Trails Visitor Ce ...
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Category Derbyshire

'Follows the track bed of the old Weymouth to Portland Railway for two and a quarter miles between Abbotsbury Road, Weymouth at Westham Halt to just beyond Wyke Regis Halt at Ferry Bridge. The line ...
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'A one time Member of Parliament for Peckham and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, Lewis Silkin was instrumental in the Labour Government's rebuilding policy after World War II. This included th ...
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Category Telford & Wrekin

'As the name suggests South Staffordshire Railway Walk was originally part of the Wombourne Branch Line built between 1912 and 1925 by the Great Western Railway Company. However it was not ...
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'The Trail starts at Quarter Bridge on the outskirts of Douglas and heads Westwards passing by Union Mills, Glen Vine, Crosby, St John's and following near the River Neb into Peel, where you finish ...
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Category 0: 01-10 Miles

'This northern section of the popular Strathkelvin Railway Path has its origins in the Campsie Branch of the Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway and the later Blane Valley Railway ... We've al ...
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'Takes its name from the delicious cargo this former railway line carried from the strawberry fields of Cheddar. The line was well used for nearly a century until its closure in 1965 and since then ...
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Category North Somerset

'There are also many "green fingers" where the Taff Trail itself appears to bring the countryside into the town. The area is also rich in industrial archeology.'


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Category Cardiff

'This route gives you superb views across the mouth of the Taw Estuary and has several sculptures and shelters which are the perfect place to rest and enjoy the surroundings. There are also many wi ...
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Category North Devon

'This route takes you along the elegant Ouse embankment and through quiet villages and gentle countryside to Sandy, with its RSPB nature reserve.'


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Category 0: 01-10 Miles

'Parsley Hay railway station served Parsley Hay, a hamlet about 9.3 miles (15 km) south east of Buxton, Derbyshire, on the LNWR line to Ashbourne. The nearest large settlement is the village of Har ...
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Category Derbyshire Dales

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Category Aylesbury Vale

'The former railway lines of Upper Tweeddale in the Scottish Borders have huge potential as walking, cycling and horseriding routes. This is clearly demonstrated by the many users enjoying the new ...
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Category Peeblesshire

'Superb landscapes of moorland, river valleys and pastoral scenery; good long-range views. Walking is generally not difficult.'


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Category West Devon

'Wirral Country Park runs along the coast of the peninsular offering some amazing nature trails and wildlife, the main visitors centre at Thurstaston is open all year round.'


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Category Wirral

'The Worth Way follows for much of its route part of the course of a dismantled railway - the Three Bridges to Tunbridge Wells Central Line - which opened in 1855 and closed in 1967 as a r ...
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Category Crawley

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