Extending North Dorset Trailway - more Sustainable Transport, Recreation and Tourism for Dorset

Okeford Fitzpaine Little Lane Extension to the Trailway: Trailway Network member Dilys Gartside successfully campaigned for a neglected lane to be improved and surfaced, offering a quiet and safer route to the Trailway from Okeford Fitzpaine and surrounding villages which was open for use early 2018. Further improvements are in hand particularly the crossing of A357, signage and seating. Maintenance of the lane is undertaken by volunteers; we welcome SLLUGs of any size - Supporters of Little Lane Upkeep Group - as vital for the success of this project: contact jeremygartside@gmail.com. - click here for more details.

Future Strategy for the Trailway:

We are working closely with Dorset County Council for improvement and extension of the Trailway northwards from Sturminster Newton to link Stalbridge and eventually to sections in Somerset, and southwards from Spetisbury to Sturminster Marshall, Corfe Mullen and Poole. An Impact Assessment from the Market Research Group at Bournemouth University supports our case for improved quality of life for local people and increased employment in recreation and tourism.

Local Plan Reviews 2018: We have recently made the case for extension of the Trailway and for improved traffic-free transport links in an area where the road network is already often congested:

North Dorset District Council: We have argued for safeguarding of the trackbed and extending the Trailway from Sturminster Newton north to Stalbridge. We have also argued for any new development at the A354/A350 junction to provide traffic-free routes through new developments and safe road crossings. Click to see our full statement.

East Dorset District Council: We have argued for safeguarding of the trackbed and extending the Trailway from Spetisbury south to Sturminster Marshall and on to Corfe Mullen and Poole. We have also argued for any new housing developments in Sturminster Marshall to provide traffic-free routes through new developments and safe road crossings. Click to see our full statement.

Reducing our Carbon Footprint: Using a bike or walking instead of an efficent family hatchback will save 1.2kg of CO2 over a 10km journey - thanks to the Trailway many local journeys to school and work are now CO2-free, the roads have fewer vehicles on, and people are healthier.