Favourite railway cycle routes

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Re: Favourite railway cycle routes

Postby mattheus » 1 Nov 2019, 12:24pm

I assumed this was a UK thread, but if I can piggyback on this Euro-diversion:

mjr wrote:Vennbahn. Simply stunning. Great places along the route too.


I've actually ridden a fair chunk of that - gorgeous area! (It was on a 1000km Audax - not sure we're supposed to mention such things here ... )

If any UK trail has a page that looks like this on its website, I want to know about it:
https://www.vennbahn.eu/en/stories/

It's like Blair Witch Project meets ... well something more child-friendly.

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Re: Favourite railway cycle routes

Postby RickH » 2 Nov 2019, 3:18am

The Millennium Greenway through Chester, approximately 9 miles end to end, is one I happily cycle regularly. The surface is good tarmac (better than many of the lanes around) and there are relatively few barriers, none which cause any problem getting through on the tandem.

Further afield*, I rode the Arbutus Greenway today. About 8 miles end to end from near the south side of False Creek down to the Fraser River (*Vancouver BC.) :D

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Re: Favourite railway cycle routes

Postby peetee » 2 Nov 2019, 6:01pm

I have a nice central location to explore the mineral tramway routes around Redruth. Not all the routes follow the lines exactly and there are some gradients to contend with, especially following the incline out of Portreath. Scenery and history abound. What's not to like? :D
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Re: Favourite railway cycle routes

Postby rjb » 2 Nov 2019, 7:37pm

Notice the similarity of these 2 pics. This is the incline on the west Somerset mineral line at Comberrow. This is a good line to explore. It starts at Watchet and runs to the base of the Brendon hills before the incline then takes you to the top near Raleigh's Cross. The gradient is 1:4 :evil: almost a kilometre long and gains 230 metre's in height.


1894 incline from Comberow 4 people - wagon no chy to water crane.jpg
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Re: Favourite railway cycle routes

Postby brynpoeth » 2 Nov 2019, 9:07pm

Can/may one walk the inclines?
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Re: Favourite railway cycle routes

Postby peetee » 2 Nov 2019, 10:23pm

Some years ago it was possible to ride down Portreath incline but not so sure now. Satellite images suggest it links in with a footpath at the bottom but I don't know if the road leading down is private. The signposted tramway trail route is down a wooded Combe just to the east.
Here a couple of pics of my favourite route; the Great Flat Lode Trail.
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Re: Favourite railway cycle routes

Postby rjb » 3 Nov 2019, 1:58pm

The west Somerset mineral line site is a good place to start. You can descend the incline from the winding house at the top for a short distance, the lower section is in private hands, gardens to the old houses which can be seen in the photo I posted. It's well overgrown now apart from the top section. There is a cycle path from Watchet to washford then quiet roads up to Comberrow the base of the incline then a selection of unmade roads, tracks, some tarmaced which lead off to other hamlets like Leighland Chapel.
More here for anyone that wants to explore. http://www.westsomersetmineralrailway.o ... loring.php
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Re: Favourite railway cycle routes

Postby TrevA » 6 Nov 2019, 7:31pm

drossall wrote:The High Peak trail is not flat. There were winding engines in three places. I have not yet been forgiven for those :-)


It’s pretty flat apart from the the short Hopton incline and the very much longer Cromford to Middleton Top incline. The latter can be avoided by starting/finishing at Middleton Top.
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Re: Favourite railway cycle routes

Postby drossall » 6 Nov 2019, 10:24pm

I had no problem, but my wife has not forgotten them in 35 years .