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20 of the best walking and cycling routes around the UK converted from former railway lines

20 of the best walking and cycling routes around the UK converted from former railway lines

The Beeching cuts closed 4,500 miles of rural railway in the 60s but trackbeds have been repurposed for walkers and cyclists – just in time…

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The Beeching cuts closed 4,500 miles of rural railway in the 60s but trackbeds have been repurposed for walkers and cyclists – just in time for spring

The Headstone Viaduct in Monsal Dale, Derbyshire (Photo: Bill Allsopp/Loop Images/Universal Images Group via Getty) Crab and Winkle Way: Canterbury to Whitstable, Kent 7.5 miles
This cloisters to oysters route, from the cathedral city to the seaside town, follows the route of one of the nation’s oldest railways. The setting is a mix of forestry and fields, but it is the destinations – one famous for pilgrimages, the other for seafood – that make it special. explorekent.org/activities/crab-and-winkle-way-canterbury-to-whitstable

Marriott’s Way: Aylsham to Norwich, Norfolk 26 miles
This art-lined green corridor runs into the heart of Norwich. En route it passes through the 18th-century market town of Reepham, full of independent shops and Georgian properties. Much of its route follows the former Midland and Great Northern Railway, aka the “Muddle & Go Nowhere”. At Aylsham, it connects with the Bure Valley Railway, which runs steam trains into the Norfolk Broads. marriottsway.info

Meon Valley Trail: West Meon to Wickham, Hampshire 11 miles
The trackbed of the former Meon Valley Railway loops round sinuous chalk streams, centuries-old churches, gently sloping downland and even an Iron Age hillfort. For a short while it also hosts the South Downs Way. East Meon is the prettier of the two Meon villages and has an excellent pub for a Sunday lunch, the Old George. bit.ly/MeonTrail

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