Phase 2 – map and details
Phase 2 will extend the Great Elm end of the cycle path towards Frome up to Elliots Lane in Hapsford.
Volunteers have cleared the route of brambles, removed the old railway track and concrete sleepers from a section of the route, levelled the ballast and built steps up the embankment. A new access slope has been created and aggregate has been put down along the route and compacted as much as possible. A new bench has been created at the Elliots Lane end.
At the moment, the route is not really suitable for horses, cycles, scooters or wheelchairs, as the surface is too loose and uneven, although it can be walked. This is a stage in the process: once funding becomes available, a surface will be put down and this section will be open to all.
Practical work continues in two main ways. The Ecology Group, has been planting trees, creating wildlife habitats and surveying fauna and flora along stretches of the route. Meanwhile, Friday Group volunteers have been maintaining the route, putting in fencing, moving troughs and keeping the area tidy.