Good news at a dark time

In what has been a pretty grim December, Greenways has had a productive month.

On the Wye Valley Greenway, our contractors have completed the route north and south of the tunnel. We plan to open the route to the public in April. This work has been funded by the Rural Payments Agency LEADER Programme, to whom we are very grateful.

Our Wye Valley volunteers, socially distanced, installed fencing and a gate on the Bishton Lane ramp – thanks to Jeremy Cowen and team for coordinating this.

And at Ashton Court our volunteers have helped to restore the Grade 1 historic landscape created by Humphry Repton. Historic England asked us to create ‘windows’ in the tree belt, to open vistas from the Mansion to the grassland beyond. Thanks to Deb Erskine for coordinating this.

Beachley Viaduct Link

As you stand on the quay where the old Severn Ferry used to depart from the tip of the Beachley viaduct on the English side of the river Wye near Chepstow you find yourself under the Severn Bridge – but completely unable to get up on to it to make the crossing to Aust. Greenways and Cycleroutes volunteer John Richfield has come up with a scheme that would enable walkers and cyclists to do just that. It is set out in this document 20 11 03 Beachley Viaduct Link.


Wye Valley workcamp 5 to 12 September 2020 to go ahead – Covid permitting

We are delighted to say that we are now finally in a position to confirm the planned workcamp on the Wye Valley Greenway from 5 to 12 September 2020.

You can find more about this route here Wye Valley Greenway . We hope to open the route in April 2021, once our contractors have finished the work to north and south of Tidenham Tunnel.

Work will focus on installing lighting and measures to help roosting bats in the tunnel.

We will be setting up on 4 September, ready to welcome day volunteers from Saturday 5 December to Saturday 12 September inclusive.


The camp will be based at the National Diving and Activity Centre, NP16 7LQ, on the A48 just outside Chepstow.

If you think you might be able to join us, please email Caroline on 

Ashton Court Greenway Open

We managed it by Easter, as we said we would. The path linking the gate by UWE with the gate to Long Ashton village is now finished and open to the public.

In just 800m the route crosses meadows, looks from under branches up to the Mansion, and winds through a belt of woodland.

In keeping with the times, the path is a generous 2.5m wide at all points, so you can keep your distance.

We have even cut some seats in an old fallen tree, and spaced some logs with 2m spacing too.

We are immensely grateful to Chris, Ashley, Clive and Gordon from Safety Green Limited for seeing it through. Laying concrete while staying 2m apart takes some planning.

Thanks to our volunteers for their work in preparing the woodland and constructing the fences.

Thanks to UWE and Bristol City Council for permission to use their land and thanks to Steve Clampin and his team at Ashton Court for all their support too.

Thanks to Veolia Community Trust for funding the route – with help from Sustrans and North Somerset Council.




Waddesdon Greenway – new planning application

We have submitted a planning application to extend the Waddesdon Greenway from Aylesbury Vale Parkway Station towards the centre of Aylesbury following the Emerald Way, with a new bridge over the river Thame at Haydon Hill.

The planning document is here:
Haydon Hill planning document December 2019
The planning reference is: 19/04463/APP. Please write in support through the Aylesbury Vale District Council planning  portal 
Haydon Hill planning application link

Wye Valley Greenway new planning application

We have submitted a planning application to extend the proposed Wye Valley Greenway over the A48 as far as Wyedean School.

The planning document is here:
Wyedean School to Bishton Lane Planning document

The planning reference is P1735/19/FUL. Please write in support through the Forest of Dean Planning  portal   
Wyedean School extension planning application

Ashton Court Greenway gets the go ahead

The Ashton Court Greenway is to become a reality.
We have secured funding, thanks to Veolia Limited, Sustrans and North Somerset Council, and discharged the necessary planning conditions thanks to the City Council staff at Ashton Court. In December we carried out the preliminary tree work.

We will be holding three volunteer work days – 13 January, 15 January and 16 January to sort out fencing, make habitat piles in the woodland, and prepare for the contractor – Safety Green Limited who will start work that week.

This is what we started with:                and this is what we have now:

Waddesdon Greenway celebrates first anniversary

DSC_1608Waddesdon Greenway marked its first anniversary on Saturday 14th September with a group walk along the Greenway.  Over 40 people, many new to the Greenway, joined the event on a beautiful sunny day.

The Greenway was officially opened by MP Jesse Norman, then Transport Minister for walking and cycling, on Thursday 13th September 2018. The route has been well used ever since, with approximately 70,000 trips made along the route by commuters, cyclists, runners, dog-walkers, families and tourists to date.

Paul Irwin, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Transport, and local County Councillor, said: “This is such a great route for anyone to get out and about in our glorious countryside, and I’m delighted so many thousands have enjoyed the Greenway in the past year. This route supports the Council’s intention to develop a quality cycle network, and sits well with the Aylesbury Garden Town vision.”