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This is a list of rail trails around the world. Rail trails are former railway lines that have been converted to paths designed for pedestrian, bicycle, skating, equestrian, and/or light motorized traffic. Most are multiuse trails offering at least pedestrians and cyclists recreational access and right-of-way to the routes.[1]

AsiaEdit

EuropeEdit

AustriaEdit

A more complete reference can be found at www.bahntrassenradeln.de.[2]

Lower AustriaEdit

Upper AustriaEdit

SalzburgEdit

StyriaEdit

BelgiumEdit

DenmarkEdit

FinlandEdit

FranceEdit

GermanyEdit

Germany has 613 rail trails with a total length of 4,400 kilometres (2,700 mi) (as at September 2013). 80 more projects are being planned or under construction. These are some of the longest rail trails in Germany:

HungaryEdit

IrelandEdit

In planning/under constructionEdit

  • Connemara Greenway (under development)[10]
  • Deise Greenway (under development), when completed, this rail trail is planned to follow the route of the former Dungarvan to Waterford railway, passing through Stradbally and Kilmacthomas; initial stage at the Dungarvan end has been completed[11]
  • Tralee to Fenit Greenway (under development)[12]

LuxembourgEdit

  • Prince Henri railway in Clemency, converted into a cycle track

NorwayEdit

PortugalEdit

  • Ecopista do Rio Minho
  • Ecovia do Rio Lima
  • Ecopista do Tâmega

SpainEdit

  • Senda del oso, Asturias
  • Vía Verde de la Sierra (mountain's rail track), Cádiz and Seville
  • Vía Verde de la Sierra de la Demanda, Burgos
  • GIRONA - NARROW-GAUGE RAILWAY ROUTE I - This 57-km route crosses three regions and twelve towns, following the valleys of the Fluvià, Brugent and Ter rivers. The Narrow-Gauge Railway Route descends smoothly from Olot (440 m) to Girona (70 m).
  • GIRONA - NARROW-GAUGE RAILWAY ROUTE II - The Narrow-Gauge Railway Route stretches out 39.7 km. With a smooth incline from Girona to Sant Feliu de Guíxols (15 m), its highest point is at Cassà de la Selva (136 m). Following the old narrow-gauge railway line from Girona to Sant Feliu, you can get to know two of Girona´s regions - the Gironès and the Baix Empordà - from the Ter River basin, crossing the Selva depression and ending in the Ridaura valley.

SwedenEdit

  • Banvallsleden[13] (~ 150 km/93 miles)
  • Sjuhäradsrundan Borås to Ulricehamn(45 km/27 miles)
  • Ätradalsleden Falköping to Ambjörnarp (93 km/ 55 miles)

United KingdomEdit

EnglandEdit

Northern IrelandEdit

ScotlandEdit

WalesEdit

Crown dependenciesEdit

In planning/under constructionEdit

North AmericaEdit

BermudaEdit

CanadaEdit

MexicoEdit

United StatesEdit

OceaniaEdit

AustraliaEdit

Rails trails of significant length in Australia include:

Name State Length Location Accessibility Ref
                   

Munda Biddi Trail Western Australia 1,060 km (660 mi) 20 km (12 mi) west of Perth (northern end point) [22]
Great Victorian Rail Trail Victoria 134 km (83 mi) 110 km (68 mi) north of Melbourne [23]
Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Queensland 133 km (83 mi) 70 km (43 mi) west of Brisbane [24]
Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail Victoria 116 km (72 mi) 250 km (160 mi) northeast of Melbourne [25]
East Gippsland Rail Trail Victoria 94 km (58 mi) 280 km (170 mi) east of Melbourne [26]
Kilkivan - Kingaroy Rail Trail Queensland 89 km (55 mi) 225 km (140 mi) northwest of Brisbane [27][28]
Railway Reserves Heritage Trail Western Australia 82 km (51 mi) 19 km (12 mi) east of Perth [29]
Great Southern Rail Trail and Tarra Trail Victoria 74 km (46 mi) 130 km (81 mi) east of Melbourne [30]
High Country Rail Trail Victoria 65 km (40 mi) 300 km (190 mi) northeast of Melbourne [31]
Gippsland Plains Rail Trail Victoria 63 km (39 mi) 190 km (120 mi) east of Melbourne [32]
Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail Victoria 57 km (35 mi) 110 km (68 mi) northwest of Melbourne [33]
Mt Garnet to Lappa Junction Rail Trail Queensland 55 km (34 mi) 190 km (120 mi) southwest of Cairns [34]
Denmark to Nornalup Rail Trail Western Australia 54.5 km (33.9 mi) 415 km (258 mi) south of Perth [35]
The Reisling and Rattler Trail South Australia 54 km (34 mi) 130 km (81 mi) north of Adelaide [36]
O'Keefe Rail Trail Victoria 50 km (31 mi) 150 km (93 mi) northeast of Melbourne [37]
Old Beechy Rail Trail Victoria 50 km (31 mi) 152 km (94 mi) southwest of Melbourne [38]

New ZealandEdit

Pipeline trailsEdit

Trails similar to rail trails can follow other infrastructure, such as water pipelines.

Canal trailsEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ (PDF) Final Draft July, 2006 The Indiana State Trails, Greenways and Bikeways Plan Archived 2007-09-26 at the Wayback Machine at Indiana Trails Plan (DNR)
  2. ^ Bahntrassenradeln in Österreich
  3. ^ http://ravel.wallonie.be/opencms/opencms/fr/parcours/itineraires/ravel_2/fiche_0003.html
  4. ^ "Ligne 160: Bruxelles - Tervuren" (in French and Dutch). Retrieved 2007-03-02.
  5. ^ http://www.fodsporet.dk/ (in Danish)
  6. ^ (map with Danish text) Archived 2007-10-05 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Vennbahn
  8. ^ "Home". Great Southern Trail. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  9. ^ "Home". Great Western Greenway. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  10. ^ Tierney, Declan (4 August 2011). "Old Clifden rail line to be turned into €6m cycle track". Connacht Tribune. Galway. Archived from the original on 13 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  11. ^ "Redeveloped Rail Track in Dungarvan". Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  12. ^ "Tralee to Fenit Cycle and Walkway". Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  13. ^ "Banvallsleden - på cykel". Retrieved 2014-06-29.
  14. ^ a b c d e "Rail Trails (UK)" (Web). List and details on several trails. LPS marketing. Retrieved 2007-04-24.
  15. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/devon/outdoors/cycling/lydford.shtml
  16. ^ Knights, David (22 September 2016). "Cullingworth councillors check out state of Great Northern RailwayTrail following nearby building work". Keighley News. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-04-16. Retrieved 2007-04-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ http://hedgehogcycling.co.uk/nidderdale-greenway.html
  19. ^ http://www.dorsetforyou.com/index.jsp?articleid=386529
  20. ^ http://www.cyclebradford.org.uk/get-cycling/leisure-trails-places/spen-valley-greenway/
  21. ^ http://www.fimevic.df.gob.mx/ciclovia/ciclovia.htm (in Spanish only)
  22. ^ "Munda Biddi Trail - Trail Description". Rail Trails Australia. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  23. ^ "Great Victorian Rail Trail - Trail Description". Rail Trails Australia. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  24. ^ "Brisbane Valley Rail Trail - Trail Description". Rail Trails Australia. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  25. ^ "Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail - Trail Description". Rail Trails Australia. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  26. ^ "East Gippsland Rail Trail - Trail Description". Rail Trails Australia. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  27. ^ "Kilkivan - Kingaroy Rail Trail - Trail Description". Rail Trails Australia. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  28. ^ Mcgrath, Jessica (28 March 2018). "WHAT'S ON: 20 things to do in the South Burnett this Easter". South Burnett Times. News Corp. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  29. ^ "Railway Reserves Heritage Trail - Trail Description". Rail Trails Australia. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  30. ^ "Great Southern Rail Trail and Tarra Trail - Trail Description". Rail Trails Australia. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  31. ^ "High Country Rail Trail - Trail Description". Rail Trails Australia. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  32. ^ "Gippsland Plains Rail Trail - Trail Description". Rail Trails Australia. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  33. ^ "Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail - Trail Description". Rail Trails Australia. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  34. ^ "Mt Garnet to Lappa Junction Rail Trail - Trail Description". Rail Trails Australia. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  35. ^ "Denmark to Nornalup Rail Trail - Trail Description". Rail Trails Australia. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  36. ^ "The Riesling and Rattler Trail - Trail Description". Rail Trails Australia. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  37. ^ "O'Keefe Rail Trail - Trail Description". Rail Trails Australia. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  38. ^ "Old Beechy Rail Trail - Trail Description". Rail Trails Australia. Retrieved 9 April 2018.