The idea of creating a continuous path running north to south through Scunthorpe was first conceived by the town’s Master Planner, Patrick Abercrombie, almost 80 years ago. Eventually, the Ridge Walk was opened in the 1970’s but some sections of the path had become in desperate need of repair and improvement. Better access from nearby communities was also needed and people using the path were faced with a number of difficult roads to cross.
“ We have lived in the area for over 30 years and never been able to use the Ridgeway, due to disabilities. Now we walk the route nearly everyday and can sit and enjoy the wildlife. ”
The scheme involved improving the existing route and building new paths to create an uninterrupted network stretching from the south to the north of Scunthorpe. It also included building two new bridges and installing toucan and raised crossings to provide better access across busy roads. The new route, called the Scunthorpe Ridgeway, was designed to link communities together, offering a useful resource that provides better access for everyday journeys to school, colleges, the shops and work.
Since the route has opened, there has been a huge increase in the number of people walking and cycling in the area. The biggest rise is on the section between John Leggot College and Kingsway where students are using the route to get to college and others are using it to access the town centre, the general hospital and the leisure centre. As the route passes through green open spaces with beautiful views of the Trent Valley, local pupils are using the route to explore nature as part of their lessons.
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