Oct 2021 – Cornwall’s four new Saints Trails

Cornwall’s four new Saints Trails have been dealt a blow: two have been scrapped and the others scaled back.  The only one based on an old railway (Newquay to Perranporth) will go ahead, albeit without some new bridges to cross roads, because the work has already started.  Further details are available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-58875054, but it does not make for happy reading.  Cornwall has been over-ambitious, and could learn a lot from its next door neighbour.  Barring a bit of work in the vicinity of Ashbury & North Lew station, Devon now has a rail trail from there to Meldon; the surface is rough and ready, but at least the council got the trail in, and can upgrade the surface in years to come. (Jeff Vinter)