New walking and cycling route to open from Rainworth to Pleasley

A NEW 18-mile walking and cycling route from Rainworth to Pleasley, created to increase sustainable travel options throughout the region and help people enjoy the Nottinghamshire countryside, officially opens on Thursday, July 7th, 2011.

The opening of this County Council route for walkers, cyclists and equestrians will take place at Buttery Lane, Skegby, where a steel bridge has been installed to replace the old cast iron railway bridge.

The new route will be officially opened by the Vice Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, Coun Carol Pepper, and Coun Richard Jackson, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, with the help of members of the Sherwood Pines Cycling Club.

The route is a development of existing trails such as the Timberland Trail, the Meden Trail, Teversal and Skegby Trails, and the Mansfield Way. Surfaces have been upgraded, additional signage provided and new timber footbridges installed on the Meden Trail.

The work has also included the restoration and management of sensitive habitats, ramps for wheelchair users created and barriers replaced. The overall aim has been to link National Cycle Route 6 to the Derbyshire trails network.

The work has been funded with £1,090,598 from the East Midlands Development Agency (emda) Single Programme and European Regional Development Fund budgets, £28,459 from the County Council and £29,046 from Ashfield District Council. It started in October 2009 and finished in June 2011.

Last year, the Council opened the Dukeries Trail from Harby through Thoresby Park, Clumber Park, the Welbeck Estate and Sherwood Forest to Shirebrook.

“This new trail will help lots of people keep active while enjoying the countryside or cycling to work,” said Coun Jackson.

“In combination with other long-distance routes across the county, it will make the target area more accessible and also benefit the local economy by attracting more visitors to Nottinghamshire.”