The Strawberry Line Heritage Trail covers eight traffic-free miles of North Somerset, connecting the Mendip Hills to the Levels. The Strawberry Line was once part of the Great Western Railway and it was named after the famous strawberries that were transported on its trains from – yes you guessed it – Cheddar.
The line was closed in 1965 and now comprises a peaceful nature reserve that runs right through the heart of North Somerset. A team of volunteers maintain the walkway and there’s word of extending the route in the near future. Anyway, back to the walk and this one takes its walkers to Yatton, a mainline station with connections on to Weston-Super-Mare and Bristol. When The Strawberry Line was up and running passengers could take a branch line down to Cheddar.
One of the best things about walking The Strawberry Line is the way the route has been so heartily reclaimed by nature. You’ll pass ponds and wetlands, scrub and all manner of wildlife as you go so it’s a great way to get outside and explore Somerset’s countryside for yourself. The route’s a popular one with cyclists as well as walkers and passes Congresbury, Sandford, Winscombe and Axbridge.