Trail for cyclists and walkers planned
A community group is working to reopen a defunct railway line for walkers and cyclists and provide an easy trail from Dartmoor to the sea.
The Primrose Trail Group is made up of people from the Kingsbridge area in South Devon, who share a passion for walking, cycling, and the great outdoors.
They first examined the route of the Kingsbridge branch railway line, or Primrose Line, a year ago and recognised the huge potential that this area offered, if opened up to the public.
The railway line
was launched to much fanfare in 1893, only to be closed in 1963 despite local opposition.
The route itself is beautiful, varied, safe and flat; all reasons why the community group deemed it such an ideal canvas for a new, first class multipurpose trail.
The proposed Primrose Trail seeks to provide a relatively easy route for everyone from families with children on bikes, to walkers less physically able to tackle steep hills and rough tracks.
As well as being a much needed new recreation facility for the South Hams and Dart- moor, the trail will allow noncar access from the moor to the sea, supporting health and fitness, as well as providing a tourism boost and economic opportunities for many other local businesses.
The Primrose Trail Group has spoken to many of the landowners, joined up with residents in South Brent and presented the trail to all the parish and town councils on the route. The group will now publish a formal feasibility study. The group is seeking like-minded new members who are willing and able to contribute.