Rail trails you have cycled around the world

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Rail trails you have cycled around the world

Postby jemo27 » Fri Dec 06, 2013 4:23 pm

I have always enjoyed cycling on rail trails both because I have a fascination with railways and also enjoy traffic free cycling.
When I cycled in France I enjoyed cycling some rail trails like Dieppe to Forges and Along Lake Anncey.
Numerous ones in UK, in particular Buchan to Ashbourne, Market Harborough to Northampton, Bath to Bristol, Cardiff to Brecon and Leighton Buzzard to Hertford.

I'm wondering what rail trails people have had the pleasure of cycling on, when they have been overseas?

I have heard about the Midway to Hope railtrail in BC Canada, anyone cycled it?
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Re: Rail trails you have cycled around the world

Postby FKS » Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:16 pm

In the US, the Mickelson Rail Trail in South Dakota
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Re: Rail trails you have cycled around the world

Postby RonK » Wed Jan 01, 2014 7:55 am

Otago Central Rail Trail, NZ
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Re: Rail trails you have cycled around the world

Postby Eleri » Fri Jan 03, 2014 1:39 pm

The Voie Verte Passe Pais that goes through Olargue in Languedoc. I think it's currently over 50kms long but they were still building it.
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Re: Rail trails you have cycled around the world

Postby Greentourer » Sat Jan 04, 2014 1:35 pm

In France a couple of years ago I stumbled across La Voie Vert, starting near Le Puy en Velay, a beautiful rail trail heading south (my direction) towards Solignac-Sur-Loire. Only 14 kms long, but good surface (compacted gravel) and an easy 2% gradient. There were good views to the east occasionally, but these were limited due to vegetation, it was like riding through a green tunnel. Real tunnels came further along, these were up to 2 kms in length, it was cold inside, there was overhead lighting and the Gothic like arches of the tunnel made for an eerie ride. Also a strong wind from the south funnelled into the tunnels and slowed progress.

I was using the Michelen Road Atlas, scale 1:200,000, not much useful cycling specific info, so rail trails or off road bikeways always came as a pleasant surprise.
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Re: Rail trails you have cycled around the world

Postby Manu3172 » Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:00 am

Canal du Midi in France is a 200km nice trail from Toulouse to Beziers. The first 30km is asphalt but the remaining 170km is a small (often single track) trail along the canal.
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