Strawberry Line (Yatton to Chard)
This splendid walk and cycle path runs along a former railway line that used to transport strawberries from Cheddar.
You start by Yatton railway station and head south passing Congresbury and Axbridge before finishing in Cheddar. The route passes apple orchards, open fields and the River Yeo while there are also pleasant woodland sections at King's Wood and Rose Wood. Also on the route is the delightful Millennium Green at Winscombe (perfect place to stop for lunch!) and the tranquil Cheddar reservoir at the end of the route.
If you have time you could continue up to the magnificent Cheddar Gorge and see this spectacular natural wonder.
N.B - Between Wednesday 2nd September 2015 & Tuesday 15th September 2015, the Strawberry Line between Weston Road & Drove Way (Nye Road) will be closed to all recreational users (including all cyclists, walkers and joggers) to enable the safe delivery of material to the Carditch Drove Solar Farm development.
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Strawberry Line (Yatton to Chard) Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Strawberry Line (Yatton to Chard) Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Strawberry Line (Yatton to Chard) OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Strawberry Line (Yatton to Chard) Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Strawberry Line (Yatton to Chard) Pubs/Cafes
After your exercise head to the White Hart in Cheddar for some well earned refreshments (Postcode:BS27 3QN). Here you can enjoy a ploughman's lunch and a decent pint of Cheddar Ale in the nice beer garden.
The Windwhistle Inn is located in Cricket St Thomas, close to Chard. The main attraction here is a lovely 5 acre garden with panoramic views. On a clear day and you can see all the way to Glastonbury Tor and the Bristol Channel from here. It's a great place to relax and enjoy a meal on a summer day. Children and dogs are welcome in this expansive area too.
The inn also has an interesting history dating right back to the 17th Century when it was a notorious haunt of smugglers and highwaymen. More recently in 1902 Thomas Hardy mentioned the inn by name in his poem "A Trampwoman's Tragedy". It has a very good menu and a large car park too. You can find it on the A30 near Cricket St Thomas at a postcode of TA20 4DQ for your sat navs.