Greenway and Isabel Trail – Cycling & Walking
Trains, both passenger and goods, ran from Stafford to Newport and then to Wellington and beyond; the line being an important link between the Midlands and Wales.
The line was well used by people living in outlying villages to travel to work places in Stafford or Newport etc, as well as carrying freight, coal and supplies, for shops and local businesses
The line was used for 115 years until 1964 when the last steam engine plied its way along the line carrying a wreath to mourn its passing. It was replaced by the new more efficient diesel. However, the diesel's reign was short-lived. Not many months after, the line itself was closed under the “Beeching Axe” (Dr. Beeching the then Chairman of British Rail) along with many such other lines throughout the country. The bridges and the Old Station Site at Haughton (now the site of the present car park) are all that is left to remind us of an era.
The Greenway passes through farmland and open country, which, with its hedges and fields, provide a habitat for wildlife. Birds such as Fieldfares, Redwings, Mistlethrushes and Finches feed on the fields and hedgerows and on the Greenway.
In the trees and undergrowth can be seen seasonal, passage, resident and breeding birds. As well as the commoner Chaffinch, Blackbird, Thrush, Bluetits, Robin, other birds to be seen include Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch and Whitethroat, Meadow Pipit and even Green Woodpecker.
Easy gravel ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.