What is Pembrokeshire Greenways?
Pembrokeshire Greenways is an initiative which has been working for over 10 years to encourage local residents and visitors, of all abilities, to access the coast and countryside by sustainable modes of transport through walking, cycling, bus and train travel.
'Greenways' was the first project of its kind to be developed in Wales and was established in 1994 as a Countryside Council for Wales pilot project in South Pembrokeshire, under the management of SPARC (now PLANED).an EU-funded Leader Plus initiative (PLANED - formerly SPARC).
Due to the success of this pilot scheme the Greenways Project was extended to cover the whole of Pembrokeshire in 2000, under the management of the Greenways Partnership.
Greenways partners include the following organisations:
Countryside Council for Wales, Hywel Dda Health Board, National Public Health Service, National Trust, Pembrokeshire Access Group, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Pembrokeshire County Council and PLANED.
Achievements to Date-
By working as a ‘Partnership' Pembrokeshire Greenways has brought together all the agencies responsible for promoting and managing walking, cycling, bus and train development in Pembrokeshire. Here is a list of work are some examples of the achievements to date-
In 2000 only 1/3rd of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Trail was accessible by public transport with over 98% of visitors to Pembrokeshire arrive by car. Over the last 10 years Pembrokeshire Greenways has introduced 5 coastal buses services to help reduce car usage and improve accessibility for all in the countryside. We now boast a fully accessible public transport network along the entire Coast Path. The coastal bus services have won several transport awards and are frequently hailed as an exemplar transport project.
Further development of Pembrokeshire's coastal buses was undertaken during 2009 which included the upgrade of the coastal bus fleet. This was made possible through Rural Development Plan funding.
The coastal bus services run up and down the National Park coastline, ensuring that the entire length of the 186 mile (299km) Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, from St Dogmaels to Amroth, is accessible by public transport. The buses which run 7 days a week from May to September are user friendly. Walkers can flag the buses down along the coast road and passengers are allowed to take dogs and buggies on board.
Additionally, the coastal bus services provide a vital rural transport network for local communities, especially during the winter months when the service runs 2 days a week and are a valuable leisure transport network for tourists and locals alike.
The dedicated coastal bus network is as follows:
Poppit Rocket (405) Cardigan to Fishguard
Strumble Shuttle (404) Fishguard to St Davids
Celtic Coaster (403) St Davids Circular
Puffin Shuttle (400) St Davids to Martins' Haven
Coastal Cruiser (387/388) Pembroke -Angle- Stackpole
These services also provide access to the coast:
315: Dales to Haverfordwest
349: Haverfordwest - Pembroke - Tenby
350/351: Tenby - Saundersfoot - Amroth
Walk It, Bike It
Pembrokeshire Greenways has been responsible for the promotion of a number of walking and cycling initiatives across the County. These include- The research, development and promotion of walking routes and cycling routes and the design and development of the Walking Pembrokeshire website, www.walkingpembrokeshire.co.uk in conjunction with Pembrokeshire County Council.
Greenways are proud to be the lead partner in the BikeMobility project which aims to make cycling accessible for all. BikeMobility was set up to enable people of all abilities to enjoy the pleasures and health benefits of cycling. We provide opportunities for everyone to ride a bike, and have a good variety of specially designed bikes for people of differing abilities. The project is based at the County Showground, Haverfordwest and funding for the project was gained from The Welsh Government's -Sustainable Travel Centre, Countryside Council for Wales, Health Challenge Pembrokeshire and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. For further information about BikeMobility click here.
For further cycling information in Pembrokeshire visit- www.cyclepembrokeshire.com
Greenways were instrumental in drawing partner organisations together to develop ‘Havenlink' a water transport service following water feasibility study in the autumn of 2007. The service was introduced along the lower Cleddau Estuary and Milford Haven waterway in the summer 2008. Initial funding support was provided by Milford Haven Port Authority, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority's- Sustainable Development Fund and South West Wales Tourism Partnership. Unfortunately, the service came to an end in 2011 due to a lack of funding.
During its inception Greenways worked with the local train operator to promote access to the countryside by train. Where possible train stations have been up-graded to provide wheelchair access. Greenways continue to work in partnership with the Community Rail Office for this region.
For all your public transport enquires and journey planning visits- www.travelinecymru.info or call 0871 20 22 33.
Contact Greenways -
The Greenways Officer
3D County Hall
Tel: 01437 776313
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