Cycle path gets improvements but no plans to build new route

PUBLISHED: 11:57 14 September 2019 | UPDATED: 12:02 14 September 2019

Tyntesfield's cycle path has been improved. Picture: Mark Atherton

Tyntesfield's cycle path has been improved. Picture: Mark Atherton

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Improvements have been made to a National Trust cycle route, but there are no plans to build a paved path soon.

Maintenance was carried out last month to the path at Tyntesfield House, in Wraxall, but it is still a relatively rough track.

The route across the estate is mostly across grass fields, making it tricky for cyclists to access the house.

Signs will be installed and are awaiting approval from both North Somerset Council's public right of way team and Tyntesfield bosses.

The house has been unable to commit to funding a paved path and previously cited the lease of the land as 'a difficulty'.

Life Cycle UK has written a letter to the National Trust imploring them to be more cycle-friendly.

To access the house, cyclists must dismount on their route through the estate from the B3130 and the Home Farm Visitor Centre has bike racks.

There are signed bridle routes for connections but they do not have a paved surface as they do not fall under the National Trust's jurisdiction.

To encourage sustainable travel, Tyntesfield gives 20 per cent off vouchers to spend in its shop and café to people who arrive by bike, on foot or by public transport.

In April, North Somerset Council's planning team gave permission for Tyntesfield to build a new visitors welcome centre at Home Farm, which is expected to cost £350,000.

MORE: Welcome centre plans get green light.

The welcome hub would include a ticket scanning point, reception, office, toilets and members seating area, but there were no plans to upgrade its cycle paths.

In the 2009-19 parish plan for Wraxall and Failand, the most popular new paved route including footpaths, cycle paths and bridleways wanted was through and to Tyntesfield, with almost 300 of the 437 households surveyed requesting it.

Cycle paths were voted the most important future developments, ahead of footpaths, traffic calming and designated green lanes for cars travelling under 15mph.

MORE: Parish council against Tyntesfield's revamp plans.

There was a wish to have more cycle and footpaths going around Tyntesfield, linking Failand to Wraxall and Nailsea.

In its vision, the plan stated it wanted 'rights of way, including footpaths, cycle paths and bridleways that are continued to be extended, maintained and improved throughout the parishes'.

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