The Peregrine Path

Monmouth to Symonds Yat East

firefox Sustrans has opened a level riverside route along the former railway line between Hadnock Road, Monmouth, and Symonds Yat East.

The path is an example of how such a route can blend harmoniously with the environment, providing a safe and healthy alternative and encouraging cars to be left at home.

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Two Tunnels Greenway

Currently being built in Bath

The Two Tunnels route will use an old rail trackbed to burrow beneath Combe Down - the high ground south of the city - creating an almost level and direct route between the city centre of Bath and the Midford valley, 2½ miles south of the city.

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The Strawberry Line

Yatton to Axbridge & Cheddar

firefoxSections of the Strawberry Line have been used by walkers and cyclists for 20 years or more but the path was improved (more durable and wider surfaces) and completed in 2006.

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The Leith Railway Path

Balerno to Edinburgh

firefoxThe Leith Railway Path is part of the Water of Leith and Union Canal. It opened in two stages; Balerno to the outskirts of Edinburgh in 1996, and the outskirts into the city centre in 2002.

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Last week I stayed with Kate Humble at her beautiful home in the Wye Valley. We spent the weekend walking the dogs around the ruins of Tintern Abbey. Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity based in Bristol, hopes to reopen the Wye Valley railways line as a 'greenway' giving a traffic-free alternative to walkers, cyclists and riders between Chepstow and Brockweir, via Tintern. They would be applauded, as the link would provide a welcome attraction to the region.

Ben Fogle, Country Diary
The Sunday Telegraph (19/07/09)