Who we are
The Rail to Trail project hopes to create a level path allowing walkers, cyclists, mobility scooter and wheelchair users, runners and horse riders to travel safely away from traffic between towns and villages across Somerset through glorious countryside! This in turn would be a benefit to cars and farm traffic on our roads not having to worry about cyclists or pedestrians in their way.
We are currently working on a proposal to transform the disused Somerset and Dorset railway line from the south border of Somerset at Henstridge to the north-west border at Bridgwater and Burnham-on-Sea. It is one of the most ambitious projects of its kind and we aim to link our endeavours with those of the North Dorset Trailway to the south and with Frome’s Missing Links and the Strawberry Line to the north.
The benefits of the Somerset Rail to Trail to communities across Somerset include road safety, physical and mental health benefits, accessibility for disabled and elderly users, reduced carbon emissions, and economic benefits from attracted tourism. Especially now in the post covid era we need more ways to get out and about where we can maintain safety whilst still having fun.
Good negotiating and writing skills
Ability to manage your own time effectively
Being prepared to knock on doors and chat in person to landowners
Fundraising and marketing skills an added bonus
A minimum of 4 hours commitment each week