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20 May 2024

Rail Partnership Unveils Bilingual Website to Promote Sustainable Travel

Walkers on the Heart of Wales Line at Llandovery Station.

The Heart of Wales Line Community Rail Partnership is promoting sustainable travel and outdoor exploration along the scenic railway route.

A new website – https://www.heart-of-wales.co.uk – features an array of engaging content, including a series of short circular walks originating from railway stations along the line, meticulously mapped out by walking guide Lisa Denison of Quiet Walks.

Each walk is accompanied by comprehensive route instructions, Ordnance Survey maps and GPX files, ensuring ease of navigation for both novice and seasoned hikers.

For the first time, the Heart of Wales Line Trail route instructions are available in Welsh, a significant milestone in promoting linguistic diversity and inclusivity.

The launch of the new website and the introduction of circular walks from stations along the line coincide with National Walking Month, a nationwide celebration of walking and its benefits to health, well-being, and the environment.

Owen Griffkin, community rail officer, said:

“We are delighted with the new website. There is so much information packed into it, it is easy to navigate and more accessible for all users.

“With a lot of patience and expertise provided by Touchdown Design, it is now a much cleaner user experience which looks as good on mobile as it does on desktop.

“This has allowed us to increase the amount of walks hosted on the site, with these wonderful new circular walks from stations along the line, some of which link with the Heart of Wales Line Trail.”

Lisa Denison, of Quiet Walks, said:

“The new website showcases the walks from Heart of Wales Line stations brilliantly. I really hope that anyone wanting to do these short, scenic, circular walks along the line can now do so confidently, using the materials developed.”

Melanie Lawton, Transport for Wales community rail strategic lead, added:

“At TfW we want to encourage more people to travel sustainably and these walks are great for those who want to explore somewhere new.

“We already have a number of family walks and guided walks from stations and we’re hoping these will be just as popular.”

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