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The Strawberry Line Path is an ambitious project aiming to create a continuous 30-mile traffic-free path spanning Mid-Somerset from Clevedon to Shepton Mallet. It will follow as much of the old Strawberry Line trackbed as possible, and represents a wonderful opportunity to open up the countryside for cyclists, walkers of all ages, runners, parents with buggies and wheelchair users. When complete, it will connect over 70,000 people across Somerset in a beautiful and sustainable way, and provide a key section of the grand Somerset Circle.
As Somerset's roads become ever more congested and dangerous, the need for traffic-free routes grows ever more pronounced. Not only would a completed Strawberry Line facilitate more active lifestyles and reduce noise and air pollution across the region, it would also conform to Somerset County Council's policy to provide Safe Routes To School for children of all ages. The path will offer a traffic-free and healthy journey to school, an economical and enjoyable commute to work, a chance to widen access to the Mendips and Levels, a glorious setting for keeping fit, and a tourist attraction to bring visitors and money into Somerset villages.
The cycleway section from Yatton to Cheddar and smaller sections around Wells (Wells to Haybridge, Wells to Dulcote, and Wells to South Horrington) have already been completed and are there for you to enjoy today.
The proposed extension of the route east to Shepton Mallet will pass through Cheddar, famous for its gorge and cheese, the City of Wells, a medieval settlement with 13th century cathedral and Bishop's Palace, and on to Shepton Mallet, following an elevated scenic route overlooking Glastonbury Tor. The path will be for cyclists, walkers and disabled users, with some sections open to horse riders. The project also aims to create connecting paths to nearby village communities to maximise accessibility to the Strawberry Line and local market towns.