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Grant of £850,000 to create West Cumbria heritage trail

The Calva Junction along the historic route. Credit: Sustrans

A project to turn a cycle path in West Cumbria into an arts trail that celebrates the region's industrial heritage, has been awarded more than £850,000.

The charity Sustrans plans to work on two sections of a former 19th century railway track, which was once the lifeline of the West Cumbrian iron industry.

The section of track is now part of the Sea to Sea walking and cycling route between Whitehaven, Rowrah, Workington, Seaton, Siddick and Broughton Moor.

The scenic area is part of the Sea to Sea route. Credit: ITV Border

It's hoped that the money will restore historic features of the railway along the track, and Sustrans says it will work with local people on the 'Tracks of the Ironmasters' project.

The C2C is already a popular place for people to walk and cycle but most people have little idea of the historic significance of the trail they are passing through.

The funding will help us uncover the history of these tracks and their importance to the local community, as well as to the many animals and plants that now thrive along them.

If you're interested in local history or wildlife and would like to get involved there are lots of opportunities for volunteers, so please get in touch.

– Sustrans Cumbria Area Manager Nikki Wingfield

The project has received £859,300 of Heritage Lottery Funding.