Trail for cy­clists and walk­ers planned

Western Morning News (Saturday) - - Uk And World News -

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.

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