April 2022. Wells to Dulcote, Somerset.

There has been a railway path from Wells to west of Dulcote for some years, although it had become very overgrown before members of the Strawberry Line Society took it in hand a few years back. On 4th March this year, Annie Maw (Lord Lieutenant of Somerset) opened the ‘Dulcote Link’, a new section of the Strawberry Line which extends the original route right through to Dulcote Quarry and Charlie Bigham’s Quarry Kitchen. Charlie has established his new food factory in the old quarry, which until the early 1970s sent aggregate along the old East Somerset Railway to Shepton Mallet and Witham Friary, on the main line between Westbury and Bruton. Charlie chose the quarry as the site for the factory because it provides ample space for the business to expand – and the cycle trail must be a godsend for any employees who live in Wells. The next development of the Strawberry Line in this area will be along the trackbed to Shepton Mallet, where an end-on connection should be possible with Shepton’s Millennium Way, which heads east along the trackbed from the site of Shepton Mallet High Street station, now occupied by the local Tesco store. When all this is complete and connected, Wells to the east end of Millennium Way will provide a continuous rail trail of about 6 miles. (James Winstanley)