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Cycleways and footpaths along the WC&P
Although it would be wonderful to see trains running again along part of the WC&P Railway route, this is unlikely, and the best way to safeguard the route from building over or complete obliteration may be to encourage cycleways and footpaths on the track bed. This should then preserve the route for the foreseeable future.
If this is done however, we must find ways to show that this was once a railway, by use of interpretation boards etc.
You can already walk a part of the track bed (photo) in the Gordano Valley on Weston Moor Reserve, which is part of the Avon Wildlife Trust land near Weston in Gordano. See The Line today - North section.
Part of the route between Clevedon and Weston – from Yeo Bank Lane to Wick Road is to be a shared use path for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders to be built by North Somerset Council. A planning application for this was submitted in Nov 2018 which includes a replica station at Wick St Lawrence. The application was approved in Dec 2018. Details …
May 2020: Full funding is now in place for the project which includes an adjacent farm bridge which is necessary to segregate walkers and cyclists from farm traffic. Construction is due to start in 2021.
There is now a new short stretch of track bed which you can walk for about 315 metres from Ebdon Lane to the River Banwell. This area of land is now used for flood defence purposes and is open to the public. There is a network of connecting paths and a footbridge (Spinner's End Bridge) crossing the River Banwell, linking the modern housing to this public space. An interpretation board provided by the WC&P Railway Group is installed by the footbridge.