Lon Eifion Needs to be Extended
The following letter appeared in the Daily Post on the 25th May 2009
Beauty of Cycle Path
On visits to family in Porthmadog I am struck by the beauty of the 12 mile Lon Eifion cycle path from Caernarfon to Bryncir.
The local authority should be applauded for creating and maintaining such a high quality, traffic free route that promotes green tourism (as part of Sustrans' National Cycle Network) and healthy exercise by local residents
As this traffic-free path ends, somewhat abruptly, at Bryncir I was wondering whether consideration might be given to extending the path further along the former railway track bed towards Criccieth and Pwllheli. This would be a great asset for the area.
R. Sawyer, Cheshire
Lon Eifion, in the County of Gwynedd, is a superb example of a dismantled railway bed being converted into a traffic free community route for cycling, walking, and wheelchair use. It is used not only for recreational purposes, but also for utility journeys, such as cycling to work and school. And as an important section of the National Cycle Network, linking north and south Wales, it also sees many international visitors passing through. The message they take with them must surely be of the uniquely Welsh culture set within in a breathtaking landscape of mountain and coastal views
But many are disappointed that this path from Caernarfon ends abruptly at Bryncir, We would agree with R. Sawyer that there needs to be a re-appraisal of the route's strategic potential, and consideration given to extending it further along the line of the original rail bed, with diversions where necessary, to the southern coastline of the Lleyn peninsula . This would not only provide much needed local employment, but also a powerful stimulus to local economies.
Below are few reflections of life on Lon Eifion.