Local path for all seasons joins Route 66

AN all-weather path linking Wetherby and Thorp Arch has been officially opened.

Funded through the Local Transport Plan at a cost of 500,000, the path was built by sustainable transport charity Sustrans and follows a disused former railway line for over two miles.

It was opened by Leeds City Council deputy leader Coun Andrew Carter and John Grimshaw, chief executive and founder of Sustrans.

The all-weather surface will be suitable for cyclists, walkers, horse riders and wheelchair users and will run between Freemans Way in Wetherby and the Thorp Arch Estate and Retail Park.

It will also form part of the National Cycle Network Route 66 running from Beverley to Manchester via Leeds.

Coun Carter, executive board member for development, said: “The opening of this route is excellent news for people who want to run, cycle, walk or horse ride on a safe, purpose-built path. It means people now have the choice to commute and travel in a more environmentally-friendly, healthy and safe way.”

David Hall, Sustrans regional manager, said: “The new path achieves a delightful woodland route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.”

It is hoped the path will eventually be extended as far as Tadcaster and Harrogate.