The Leeds, Lancaster & Morecambe CRP has just launched a new series of self-guided walks called ‘Rail to Trail’
The walks have been developed by the CRP in partnership with the Lancaster & Skipton Rail User Group (LASRUG) and local train operator Northern Rail. The walks are being published in a series of twelve leaflets and will be supported by a generic brochure and by a poster campaign.
The launch took place over two days with Walk 3 – Morecambe to Bare Lane on Saturday 4th July and Walk 6 – Wennington to Bentham on Tuesday 7th July. Gerald Townson, Chair of the CRP, was on hand on both days to explain the reasoning behind the series of walks and to join the inaugural walks. Saturday saw members of the CRP, Morecambe Town Council, Northern Rail & LASRUG join the walk, whilst the Tuesday walk saw members of the Bentham Footpath Group, LASRUG and the community rail development officer joining the 4 mile walk.
The Rail to Trail walks link each station along the line between Heysham Port and Skipton and it is hoped that people will use the train to travel to their starting point and then walk to the next station. The walks combine into a 68 mile linear walk with the shortest (Morecambe to Bare Lane) being 2.5 miles and the longest (Wennington to Carnforth) being just over 11 miles.
Copies of the leaflet can be downloaded from the walks pages of the website.
LLMCRP would like to thank Stuart Ballard for researching and writing the walks and the LASRUG members for testing the walks before publication, Gerald Townson for his hard work in preparing the leaflets and Pete Myers & Abigail Cumberland of Northern Rail for their unstinting support of the project.