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.