Greenways and Cycleroutes Limited organised a third volunteer workcamp from 18 to 25 September 2021 based at the National Diving and Activity Centre at Tidenham, near Chepstow, with the aim of adorning the Wye Valley Greenway, opened on 1 April 2021.
53 volunteers put in 228 working days. 26 were day visitors, and 27 stayed overnight in tents and vans and chalets. We started with a route that was perfectly functional. We left a ropute that is a trail of delights. Here are some of the highlights.
On 24 August we opened a link between the Waddesdon Greenway at Aylesbury Vale Parkway station and Haydon Hill, and the Emerald Way to the town centre. John Grimshaw of Greenways came up with the idea, designed the route, obtained all the permissions and supervised construction, Greenfords built it, Buckinghamshire Council were the clients, and Sustrans DfT Active Travel funds paid for it. A good partnership!
On 3 September we obtained final consents for a route linking the existing cycle path from Wells to Dulcote Quarry. The route was the idea of the Strawberry Line group, has been designed by Greenways, funded by Mendip, and local contractors Goldings have started work.
We are proud to announce that the Wye Valley Greenway is now open to the public between Sedbury Lane and the Wireworks Bridge in Tintern. More details are available on our volunteers website https://www.wyevalleygreenway.org/
Tidenham Tunnel is open 8.00am to 6.00pm in April. Please:
Use our lights, not yours
to keep the tunnel safe for other users, and bats.
Parking at National Diving and Activity Centre at weekends only until further notice – because of Covid restrictions
Tunnel hours will be 7.00am to 7.00pm from 1 May to 15 August and 8.00am to 6.00 pm from 16 August to 30 September:
We have deliberately kept this quiet, so we could allow numbers in the tunnel to build up slowly.
On 21 January 2016 Greenways and Cycleroutes Limited was founded. Since then we have surveyed, designed, funded, built and opened the Brean Down Way, the Waddesdon Greenway, the Berrow Greenway and the Ashton Court Greenway; and the Wye Valley Greenway is nearing completion.
We have planning permission and funding in place for three further routes: in Bucks, a link from Aylesbury Vale Parkway station into Aylesburyand a route from Great Missenden to Wendover; and in Somerset the final link from Wells to Dulcote quarry. We are carrying out further ecological studies on the Dean Forest Greenway linking Lydney and Parkend. We are working with Mendip Council and on possible routes in Bristol, Bucks, Devon, Derbyshire and North Somerset.
We wanted to celebrate our birthday by saying thank you to those who have helped us make this possible: as volunteers, cooks and bottle washers, surveyors, ecologists, contractors, suppliers, land-owners, by making donations and in many other ways too, and by simply willing us to succeed.
Some of you have been involved from the start, when the Brean Down Way seemed an impossible dream; some joined us for the Waddesdon Greenway, or for Ashton Court; others have only come across us as builders of the Wye Valley Greenway, at a time when the route from Lydney to Parkend in the Forest of Dean feels like a dream.
To all of you, our thanks. We hope you have shared our satisfaction in making these routes possible, in enjoying walking and cycling along them, and in encouraging others to do the same.
We look forward to the next five years, with your help.
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.
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.
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.