Disused Railway track cycling.
An interesting article on the Cycling North Wales website bringing together my favourite subjects local history, heritage railways and cycling (please click link to view full article on external website).
I currently ride along the Prestatyn to Dyserth track past Meliden in Denbighshire on a regular basis and would love to see more routes like this. Railway tracks by their nature have only slight inclines which makes for really good cycling.
“In 1995 a voluntary group called Clwyd Community Roots, based on the now famous Sustrans principles, set about creating a cycle way along the redundant track of the former Kinmel Railway. This ran for three miles from the main line at Kinmel Bay serving the Army training Camp at Kinmel Park during the first world war. With the cessation of hostilities it went on to carry limestone from the nearby St George quarries to the main line at Rhyl until their closure in 1964.
Local cycling activists.
Inspired by local activist and family doctor Stuart Anderson, Community Roots set about acquiring consents and funding around the year 2000. At the time it seen as the first example of a scheme such as this being established entirely by volunteers.
Invaluable support and guidance was provided by Mike Chown, one of the earlier pioneers of converting redundant rail tracks for cycling and walking. Despite cycling being key to the concept, and most of the members involved being cyclists themselves, objections to cycling were raised adjacent landed interests, and consent has never been obtained for its formal designation as a cycleway.
A Gain and a Sad Loss.
It did however win a Welsh Conservation 1st prize. Sadly not during the life of Simon McQuillan, one the founder members CCR, who died suddenly at home whilst construction work was taking place”