The Cheddar Valley Line was built in 1869 to connect the West Country’s strawberry fields to the rest of the UK. Running from Yatton through to Wells, it soon became known as The Strawberry Line because of the cargo the trains carried. The line closed to passengers in 1963 and a couple of years later to freight. Volunteers began converting the line for walking and cycling in 1983.
Now the line is a mostly off-road, traffic-free, level route. It starts at the bottom of the car park at Yatton station, just a stone’s throw from the cafe, and you can follow it through the marshes to the foot of the Mendips, through the eerie Shute Shelve Tunnel and on to historic Axbridge and scenic Cheddar.
For further information about the Strawberry Line:
The Strawberry Line on The Guardian
Route Map from Sustrans (pdf)
Heritage Trail leaflet from North Somerset Council (pdf)
Michael Portillo on Yatton and the Strawberry Line: