Villagers to celebrate new pathway

Celebrations are to be held in one Lincolnshire community to mark the opening of a new, traffic-free route that was previously divided by a busy road.

The hamlets of Carlton-le-Moorland and Bassingham were split by a busy, rural road, making it dangerous for pedestrians or cyclists who wanted to navigate their way to shops, the local school or the health centre without using their vehicles.

But with the help of Sustrans, a charity that promotes sustainable travel choices, the new pathway was unveiled in January after six years in the making and now provides local people with an all-weather route between the towns.

Pathway group chairman Stan Underwood said: "Everyone has taken to the pathway so enthusiastically, and it has made the world of difference knowing you won't be run in to the verge or hit by the fast traffic."

To celebrate the breakthrough, people are being encouraged to cycle or walk to Carlton-le-Moorland Village Hall on Saturday April 21 at 1.30pm, heading for Bassingham Playing Fields, where the festivities will begin at 2pm.

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