Old Railway Line Rambles

by Webmaster, 11th January 2017

Many of the historic railway lines that once criss-crossed the Welsh Borders have been transformed into footpaths – why not make embark on a walk with us to discover these tracks? 

Pictures: © Crown Copyright (2017) Visit Wales

The introduction of steam railways in the late 18th century changed the face of a nation. They powered not only the dynamic growth of the Industrial Revolution but transformed remote communities and villages across the country.

There was once a network of railways across the Welsh Borders serving many di erent purposes. Some stretched for hundreds of miles and others just short distances, but each had a crucial role to play in the movement of people and goods at a time when fast transport was a novelty. Sadly, many of these old railway lines were closed and dismantled when industry and transport changed after the Second World War, although many have been resurrected as footpaths or cycle trails. We’ve picked out three to enjoy. Just click on the following route numbers for print-ready PDFs...

Route 1 - Explore part of the old Hereford, Ross and Gloucester Railways on this lovely route (pictured above)

Route 2 - The Elan Valley in Powys was once bustling with industry but is now gloriously peaceful

Route 3 - Explore the industrial past and old railway lines of Waun y Llyn Country Park in Flintshire

Route inaccessible? If you find that any of the routes featured on walesandborders.com has become inaccessible in any way, do let us know so we can alert the necessary authorities on your behalf. You can email the Web Editor by clicking here

For the full feature on old railway line rambles, see the August 2016 issue of Welsh Border Life. For back issues, click here

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