Strawberry Line

Route Details

  • From - to: Yatton to Axbridge & Cheddar
  • Distance: 9 miles one way
  • Type: Disused Railway Path with short on road sections
  • Access: Yatton Railway Station
  • Surface: Generally firm, compacted grit. Some muddy sections near Yatton when wet.

Route Description

The Strawberry Line takes its name from the delicious cargo this former railway line carried from the strawberry fields of Cheddar. The line was well used for nearly a century until its closure in 1965 and since then a wealth of wildlife habitats have been allowed to flourish. Volunteers from the Cheddar Valley Railway Walk Society began converting the line into a walking and cycling route in 1983.

This ride is mainly traffic-free with no steep gradients and takes in a variety of landscapes from the flat marshes and cider apple orchards around Yatton, steep wooded valleys and a tunnel through the Mendips, to historic Axbridge and the spectacular Cheddar Gorge.

The route has been re-surfaced since opening and on-going improvements have seen the current road section through Sandford replaced with a traffic-free path behind the Thatchers cider farm. Care is needed on crossing and using short sections of busy roads at Congresbury, Sandford and Axbridge.

Download a full route description (pdf) - please note this was written in May 2008 before the recent re-surfacing works on the route, the route is no longer muddy at the former Congresbury Station.

Download The Strawberry Line map (pdf).

Route Development

The Strawberry Line Association is an association of interested groups who want to see the existing Strawberry Line path extend north from Yatton to Clevedon, and east from Cheddar to Wells and Shepton Mallet. The vision is to see a circular traffic-free route connecting Bristol, Portishead, Clevedon, Yatton, Cheddar, Wells, Shepton Mallet, Radstock, and Bath.  If this is something you'd like to see developed - sign their petition today!

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This ride is mainly traffic-free with no steep gradients and takes in a variety of landscapes from the flat marshes and cider apple orchards around Yatton, steep wooded valleys and a tunnel through the Mendips, to historic Axbridge and the spectacular Cheddar Gorge.

Latitude: 
51.342452500725145
Longitude: 
-2.807150901220663
Zoom level: 
12
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This ride is mainly traffic-free with no steep gradients and takes in a variety of landscapes from the flat marshes and cider apple orchards around Yatton, steep wooded valleys and a tunnel through the Mendips, to historic Axbridge and the spectacular Cheddar Gorge.

Length: 
9 miles