Sustrans has received a grant of around £859,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to create an industrial heritage arts trail in Cumbria. Its’s good news for C2C cyclists as it will include two sections of the C2C) route.
The C2C uses the trackbed of a railway between Whitehaven and Rowrah that once shipped countless tons of iron ore to the coast for onward transport. The area’s former rail network once served iron ore mines at Knockmurton and Kelton and ironworks at Workington, Cleator and Distington. Perhaps its no surprise that the path network is known locally as the “Tracks of the Ironmasters”.
As well as the Whitehaven to Rowrah track the project will include Workington to Seaton and Siddick to Broughton Moor cycle path sections.
The grant will also help conserve and highlight the area’s wildlife, including the nationally rare small blue butterfly, red squirrels and various reptile life.
Over the past year Sustrans has worked to discover local stories behind the area’s industrial history and wildlife and has also worked with local arts group Art Gene to gather hundreds of memories, artefacts, documents and photos to form the basis of material for the trail.