David Thompson forwarded the following very welcome news report on 11th March 2011.

A new walk between Bridgnorth and Coalport which follows the old GWR railway trackbed is to be officially opened on Sunday, 27th March. The launch of the route – which will also be used by cyclists and horse riders – will be combined with the Severn Hospital Daffodil ride and coincides with the start of British Summer Time. The walk forms part of the long-distance Mercian Way cycle route (National Cycle Route 45) between Salisbury and Chester.

Shropshire Council has been working on creating the walk for a number of years and has been working closely with landowners to gain permission to use the route, as much of it crosses private land. 'This new route opens up an extremely attractive part of the county’s countryside and is a welcome extension of the vast National Cycle Route 45,' said Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s cabinet member for culture and leisure.

'I hope that, as well as providing a safe route for walkers and cyclists, it will help boost tourism in the area. I’d also like to encourage as many people as possible to try out the new route and join the Severn Hospice on their Daffodil ride,' he added.

'It is great news that this new track is opening with the Severn Hospice Daffodil ride and I hope that a lot of money is raised for this worthy charity,' said Milner Whiteman, Shropshire Councillor for Much Wenlock.

'We are thrilled to be working alongside the Bicycle Hub and to have the support of Shropshire Council and Sustrans in hosting the event,' said Severn Hospice fundraising events organiser Sarah Hawthorne. 'It’s a great way to shake off the winter blues and see the first signs of spring as you explore the new route,' she added.

Source: The Bridgnorth Journal (