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Favourite railway cycle routes

Postby brynpoeth » 1 Sep 2019, 8:32pm

The Grauniad has a list of ten top rail trails
Which is your favourite?
I like the one from Caernarfon to Bryncir, a bit hilly but easy to ride on fixed
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Re: Favourite railway cycle routes

Postby mjr » 1 Sep 2019, 8:40pm

Vennbahn. Simply stunning. Great places along the route too.
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Re: Favourite railway cycle routes

Postby hamster » 2 Sep 2019, 6:37pm

Waskerley Way
Mawddach trail
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Postby mjr » 2 Sep 2019, 7:44pm

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019 ... -tracks-uk is their list. UK only. Bit rubbish including Marriott's Way and not the Cambridge-Huntingdon IMO.

The Alban Way and Newport Nobby are nice too but short.
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Re: Favourite railway cycle routes

Postby landsurfer » 2 Sep 2019, 7:56pm

Whats the longest rail trail in the UK ... And if ridden with a paved / surfaced canal path whats the longest combined path way .....
I have a heart issue and although being encouraged to keep up with the milage my (cycling) Cardio consultant suggests i keep off the big climbs
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Re: Favourite railway cycle routes

Postby Richard Fairhurst » 2 Sep 2019, 8:06pm

I think the Downslink and the Formartine & Buchan Way are generally accepted to be the longest in the UK.

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Re: Favourite railway cycle routes

Postby rotavator » 2 Sep 2019, 9:45pm

Glen Ogle south of Killin has a good but short section

Mawddach Trail has to have some of the best views in the UK

Monsal Trail is good with plenty of tunnels but a bit short

Prestatyn - Dyserth tramway and Porth Penrhyn - Bethesda are quite good but short

Tarka Trail is long enough for a good day out

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Re: Favourite railway cycle routes

Postby pete75 » 6 Sep 2019, 8:55pm

landsurfer wrote:Whats the longest rail trail in the UK ... And if ridden with a paved / surfaced canal path whats the longest combined path way .....
I have a heart issue and although being encouraged to keep up with the milage my (cycling) Cardio consultant suggests i keep off the big climbs
( Whinlatter Pass next week on my CTC ... lets see how that goes ... :lol: ) ....


Well not far from you, starting just east of Tuxford where High Marnham power station used to be, crossing the Trent on Fledborough Viaduct the trail goes on the old railway to about 3 miles from Lincoln, alongside the Fosdyke and the Brayford almost to Lincoln centre, a bit through a shopping precinct, a quiet bit of factory/office access road then uses the old railway line along the WItham bank to Boston with occasional stretches on very quiet backroads. Distance is close on 50 miles. There's about 10 pubs on the route.
Cycle planners show various ways through Lincoln but my advice is follow the WItham after the Brayford. You just need to take your bike up some steps at the Glory Hole , the place where the Witham goes under the High Bridge, allegedly the oldest bridge in the country with buildings on it.

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Re: Favourite railway cycle routes

Postby TrevA » 31 Oct 2019, 6:09pm

The Tissington and High Peak Trails are pretty flat and can be combined with a bit of B road to make a circuit, though it does mean a bit of climbing to get back onto the Tissington trail at Tissington village. Start from Tissington or Ashbourne then follow the Tissington trail to Parsley Hay (Cafe if needed). Then pick up the High Peak trail. You get off the High Peak at Longcliffe, then take the B5056 towards Fenny Bentley, which is all down hill. You come to a road on the right with a Ford over the river and a foot bridge. This will take you back to Tissington, though it is quite a steep but short climb, you can walk it.

Another Peak District trail is the Monsal Trail from Bakewell. It takes you through 6 tunnels of varying length to emerge near Buxton.

I did an 120km audax that linked the Manifold, Tissington, High Peak and Monsal trails together, but the road link section were very hilly. It was an interesting ride, nonetheless. ThePeak trails are best ridden during the week as they can be very busy with pedestrians at weekends.
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Re: Favourite railway cycle routes

Postby drossall » 31 Oct 2019, 11:20pm

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

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Re: Favourite railway cycle routes

Postby Spinners » 1 Nov 2019, 6:18am

Port Talbot to Glyncorrwg is a good one and the section between Pontrhydyfen and Cymmer can be ridden on both sides of the River Afan.
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Re: Favourite railway cycle routes

Postby Vorpal » 1 Nov 2019, 8:32am

Despite stupid barriers, I like the Flitch Way.

If they are still there, there are the Booking Hall cafe at Rayne station, Flitch and Chips at Little Dunmow, and a bit further afield, the Coffee Shop at Bishops Stortford.

There's a little museum at Rayne Station, as well, and a nature reserve en route. Not far off the route are Great Notley Country Park and Hatfield forest (which also has a reasonable cafe).

It was a fairly regular family day out for us when we lived in the area.

The railway route going into Hadleigh, Suffolk is pretty, but not great in wet weather.
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Re: Favourite railway cycle routes

Postby millimole » 1 Nov 2019, 8:48am

Brampton Valley Way. Part of Sustrans r6.

22 miles from Market Harborough to Northampton. Two long unlit tunnels, and only two road crossings. One little ford.
The scenery isn't spectacular, but it's a glorious ride. Plenty of seats to sit and reflect.
There's a small heritage railway at the Northampton end that the path runs alongside.

Unfortunately budget restrictions have meant that the original good/excellent surface of hard packed gravel is now poor in places and little maintenance is being done.

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Re: Favourite railway cycle routes

Postby willp01908 » 1 Nov 2019, 9:42am

Brampton Valley Way. Part of Sustrans r6.
22 miles from Market Harborough to Northampton. Two long unlit tunnels, and only two road crossings. One little ford.
The scenery isn't spectacular, but it's a glorious ride. Plenty of seats to sit and reflect.


Love this route and have fond memories of my first cycle camping trip along it - up from Milton Keynes on NCR6 with an overnight in Market Harborough. I had so much gear.... :shock:

Still go up occasionally on a day ride but like you say it`s pretty rough in parts now.

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Re: Favourite railway cycle routes

Postby mjr » 1 Nov 2019, 9:47am

I'm surprised no-one has mentioned this yet: National 24 from Frome to Bath (old railway, including the Two Tunnels), National 4 (Bristol-Bath Railway Path) to Bristol, National 33 (Festival Way, alongside the mainline) to Backwell Bow then flattish roads to Yatton, National 26 (the Strawberry Line) to Cheddar.

Unfortunately, the railway onwards through Wells and Shepton Mallet back to the Frome line is currently still derelict except for a short preserved section, so the choices are a long (5+ miles) climb onto the plain at Priddy, returning to Yatton station or B roads and National Byway to Wedmore, Glastonbury and Castle Cary.
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