1.5 - 2.5 hours
The Strawberry Line Heritage Trail is a 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 organisation.
Find out more about the Strawberry Line at www.thestrawberryline.co.uk