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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 very 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.

Weston in Gordano - track bed

If this is done however, we must 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.

New Tutshill Greenway:

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, now being built by North Somerset Council as part of the Pier to Pier Way from Clevedon to Weston-super-Mare. A planning application for this section was submitted in Nov 2018 which included a replica station at Wick St Lawrence. The application was approved in Dec 2018.

Greenway Feb 2024

The project includes an adjacent farm bridge which has been built to segregate walkers and cyclists from farm traffic. Construction started in December 2021 but completion has been further delayed and it is now expected to open in late spring 2024. The replica station is not currently being built due to a legal issue. Please note that the path is not yet open to the public.

North Somerset Council news item (Dec 2021) … (includes reference to the replica station)

Latest North Somerset Council statement here …

The England Coast Path will eventually share this stretch of path.

Trackbed looking from River Banwell to Ebdon Lane

There is a 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.

Worle - track bed

At Worle, a footpath/cycleway runs along the trackbed from High Street to Station Road for about 135 m. An interpretation board provided by the WC&P Railway Group is situated at the station site.  

Colonel Stephens' Way, Ashcombe RoadAt the Ashcombe Road terminus at Weston-super-Mare, a cycleway/footpath named ‘Colonel Stephens Way’ runs along the old trackbed for about 270 m. An interpretation board provided by the WC&P Railway Group is situated at the station site.