Dean Forest Greenway Planning Application submitted

The Dean Forest Greenway planning application has now been submitted to Forest of Dean District Council.

You can see the main document here

Please send in any letters of support direct to the District Council via their web-site:

press search for a planning application, and enter P1913/21/FUL in the search bar. Then choose comments and follow the instructions.

The Dean Forest Greenway will run for 5.8kms from its start
near the Fountain Inn at Parkend to its end on the Co-op path in
Lydney. The Greenway will be built to the same standard as the family
trail at Beechenhurst and will be designed to provide a safe and
attractive route for pedestrians and cyclists connecting Lydney to
the heart of the Forest of Dean.

The route will be traffic free over its whole length, save for 4 road
crossings, and will be designed with easy gradients to be suitable
for wheelchair users. At Norchard a bridge over the railway will
provide a link from the Greenway to the station.
The project is being promoted by West Dean Parish Council and
is designed and managed by Greenways and Cycleroutes.

Wye Valley Workcamp and works of delight

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.

New route in Aylesbury opens and work starts in Somerset

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.

Wye Valley Greenway open

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

Tidenham Tunnel is open 8.00am to 6.00pm in April. Please:

  • Cycle slowly
  • Use our lights, not yours
  • Keep left

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.

The Wye Valley Greenway and Tidenham Tunnel

Happy Birthday Greenways

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.

Caroline and John

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.