Plans for Wensleydale family-friendly cycle route under discussion

The Swale Trail has already been launched in Swaledale.

Plans are being discussed to create a family-friendly cycle route in Wensleydale.

The route is being proposed by the Yorkshire dales National Park Authority, which has already created other similar schemes in the park including the Swale Trail.

Richmondshire District Council will discuss whether to provide £8,000 towards a feasibility study for the trail at a meeting next week. The amount would be half needed for the report.

The route would run from Hawes to Garsdale along the former Wensleydale Railway Line track and would form part of ongoing plans to reinstate the line in the future.

A report to district councillors states: “The old railway line between Hawes and Garsdale has potential for development of a multi-user cycle route, offering an attractive and potentially very popular route for recreational cyclists, and those
with limited mobility.

“Hawes has the obvious potential to develop as a cycle hub, with ‘the king of the mountains’ Buttertubs location and the Pennine Bridleway
close by, but it also needs family bike hire and suitable routes to enhance the potential offer further.”

It adds: “The study would include (at least) the following elements: an assessment of the physical suitability of the route from Hawes to Garsdale for the creation of parallel recreational trail, for example whether the width of the track is enough, and if it isn’t to suggest alternative options; a summary of the key works which would be required to create such a trail including approximate costs; an assessment of the economic and social impact of the creation of such a route; case study of other parallel recreational trails alongside a railway line.”



  1. This is something that should have happened years ago. Unfortunately, the farmers’ who’s land runs parallel with the line have now officially claimed back the land. It will take a lot of “Hearts and Minds” negotiations to win them over. A “Meeting of Minds” is needed and I wish you GOOD LUCK.

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