The Strawberry Line featured on BBC radio show

Published on 02/01/2019

A former Great Weston Railway line, now a popular cycle route in North Somerset, is to feature on a BBC radio show this week.

Tune into BBC Radio’s Open Country at 3pm, January 3rd to hear local wildlife expert Chris Sperring MBE exploring the Strawberry Line with Andrew Dawes, who will be looking at how an old train line is now being used for the benefit of local communities and wildlife.

The old Strawberry Line Railway, which was a vital local link for farmers, closed in 1963 and was all but lost to the countryside. However local people saw an opportunity and the route has now been resurrected, providing a 10-mile path for cyclists and walkers.

Travelling through the heart of North Somerset from Yatton to Cheddar, the route also makes space for wildlife and connects local communities. From the community run Strawberry Line Café in Yatton to the cider orchards and Heritage Centre in Sandford, the route has a lot to offer.

There are ambitious plans for an extension which would create a 30-mile path spanning from Clevedon in the north to Shepton Mallet in the south. This will be a great opportunity for further traffic-free travel across Somerset.

The radio programme features the communities on the route and how extension plans will connect more of the Somerset countryside. For information about the programme go to https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001vl4

For more information about the Strawberry line see https://betterbybike.info/rides/strawberry-line