Rea Valley traffic-free cycle path could be developed

Parts of an old Shropshire railway line could be reopened as a new traffic-free cycle path as soon as next year.

Volunteers are applying for a share of a £2m grant from Natural England to develop some of the old Minsterley railway line in the Rea Valley.

Two years ago part of the line near Pontesbury reopened as cycle paths, which campaigners hope to extend.

The Rea valley is between Shrewsbury and the Shropshire Hills area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).

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