Path restoration means no more muddy walks on Rugby nature trail - The Rugby Observer

Path restoration means no more muddy walks on Rugby nature trail

Correspondent 8th Mar, 2017   0

A NATURE trail popular with joggers, cyclists and dog-walkers is easier to navigate now that flood-prone stretches of its footpath have been improved.

The Great Central Way footpath and cycleway between the Clifton Road bridge and Hillmorton’s Pytchley Road has been raised, meaning walkers and cyclists no longer have to take a detour through the adjoining nature reserve.

The previously flood-prone stretch of the Great Central footpath and cycleway, part of the National Cycle Network, between the Clifton Road bridge and Hillmorton’s Pytchley Road.

Drainage pipes have also been installed to divert water into the nature reserve – which includes important wetland wildlife habitat.

Rugby Borough Council secured a £52,000 grant from the Veolia Environmental Trust, awarded via the Landfill Communities Fund, to fund the project.

Rugby Borough Council’s environment and public realm spokeswoman Coun Lisa Parker said: “The Great Central Way is an important ‘green link’ to the town centre from Brownsover to the north and Hillmorton to the south, and has long been popular with walkers and cyclists.

“I’m delighted this grant from the Veolia Environmental Trust has allowed us to carry out work to tackle flooding on this particular stretch of the route, protecting wildlife habitats and ensuring access to all the residents who use it.”

The council’s funding application was submitted in partnership with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, Rugby Wildlife Group, Warwickshire County Council, Rugby Cycle Forum, Rugby Disability Forum and Sustrans – the charity which co-ordinates the National Cycle Network.

Veolia Environmental Trust executive director Paul Taylor said: “We were very pleased to support this important project.

“I look forward to seeing the improved path being used and enjoyed.”

Dan Robertson, volunteer co-ordinator at Sustrans, said: “These improvements will give it a whole new lease of life and make it easier for our volunteers to get more people involved in cycling and walking in Rugby.”

Rugby Borough Council bought a four-and-a-half mile stretch of the old Great Central Railway line – totalling nearly 100 acres of land – in 1970 for £5,500.

A designated nature reserve managed by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust with support from Rugby Wildlife Group volunteers, it has become home to a diverse range of wildlife and plants.


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