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    Walking in the country
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    Walking

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Transport

Many of us really felt the benefit of walking and cycling during the lockdowns, when we were told to not travel unnecessarily. But has that continued as our lives speed up again, or are we hopping in the car again just to get the odd forgotten item of shopping? It’s really important that we try and keep these new habits; the climate is in crisis right now and we all must take it seriously, but we will get so many benefits to ourselves personally, saving the planet shouldn’t be seen as a chore! We will get fitter, feel stronger, with more energy and better mood. The air will be cleaner and less polluted with fewer cars around, and we save money on petrol too! And if we keep it up and swap our large second cars for a small electric bike, imagine how much more space there would be in our urban areas!

No matter how much the powers that be are pushing electric cars at the moment, the most sustainable and low carbon methods of travel are the old ways; walking, cycling and public transport, such as buses and trains.

Walking is a fantastic exercise, and keeps you fitter than you realise. A comfy pair of shoes is all you need. So let’s keep pushing for better infrastructure to enable more to join in.

Walking

The oldest form of transport is our legs! Walking is not only the cheapest form of transport, but also one of the healthiest. Walking can be for pleasure in the countryside or around town, and Wellington has some lovely walks. There is also walking up to and around the Monument, with fabulous views.  Or it can just be going to work or the shops instead of jumping in the car.

The buttons below will take you to some local walking trails and maps. The Town button takes you a Walking Trail around the town. The Country button takes you to walking routes local to Wellington.

Walking in Wellington

Cycling

Every day millions of people choose to wheel or cycle to get to work, to go shopping, to get about their neighbourhood or just to have fun. Despite this, the Government doesn’t give active travel the same investment as other modes of transport. But together we may just change the minds of those in power.

The Sustrans button below will take you so the national cycling network.

The Greenway button below will take you to the Grand Western Greenway site, which is the proposed traffic free corridor between Wellington and Taunton. The Greenway is an Active Travel Route, open to walkers, wheelers and cyclists.

Cycling

Trains

In recent years there has been a great deal of work completed to re-open a railway station at Wellington, which has been without since 1964. The town is much larger now, and it is incongruous that such a large population should have all trains passing through without stopping.

The new station is due to be operational in 2025. It will provide services to Taunton, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter, with onward connections to the remainder of the GB network. Hopefully fares will be attractive enough for motorists to consider a different form of transport.

Trains are a great way to travel without the stress of driving. You can work, read or simply admire the scenery during your journey.

Trains

Buses

In 2019 TTW and Transition Town Taunton collaborated to produce a map of local bus routes. It proved popular and thousands of copies have been distributed. Paper copies are available in Wellington Library and the Blue Pantry.

There is a good service between Wellington and Taunton (roughly every 15 minutes during weekdays). Evening buses have also been reinstated between Taunton and Wellington. Since January 2023, single bus fares have been capped at £2 right across the country making bus travel much more affordable; this will be kept until 31st December 2024

The Falcon bus (MegaBus) provides a 24/7 service connecting Wellington to Bristol, Plymouth and various stops in between, including Bristol Airport. There are also National Express coaches with daily services to London, and to Barnstable/Bideford, picking up from the High Street in Wellington, and Berry’s coaches that run services to London departing from Longforth Road twice daily.

In 2021, Somerset Bus Partnership (SBP) was set up to ensure people’s views are heard. SBP works across the county to promote and increase bus use and works with Somerset Council and local town/parish councils. SBP has issued its own Bus Manifesto.

There is a SBP bus user group in Wellington that promotes local bus services and helps with information and advice. The group works closely with the Wiveliscombe bus user group; both groups would like to see a Wiveliscombe–Wellington bus link reinstated. If you want the contact details for these two groups, please use the contact form below.

Buses in Somerset

Air

Reducing air transport is just one small part of the overall picture of reducing our climate change emissions, however it can make a positive and significant impact. Could you be inspired to pledge for a flight free year? www.flightfree.co.uk

The covid pandemic meant a very different picture for aviation. Many people had to stay grounded, not through choice, but through necessity. We know that positive climate action is much more meaningful when people make an informed decision to fly less, or not at all, and that those decisions will lead to genuine behaviour change and a shift in the narrative around travel.

Flights

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