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GOVT joins up with CCC Highways to organize improvements to the Great Ouse Valley Way

Meetings have been held between the two organisations to look at the implementation of major improvements to the Great Ouse Valley Way Long-distance Footpath. The County Council has successfully applied for grant aid from the A14 Legacy Fund to complete the work. The improvements include:

  • Better signage
  • New way-marking
  • New interpretation boards
  • Repair of banks
  • New bridges
  • Removal of tree obstructions

In addition to this work GOVT has identified areas where the Great Ouse Valley Way route can be improved. The most important area is the path between Holywell and St Ives that currently goes down Meadow Lane through a very busy industrial area with many heavy lorry movements and poor road surfacing. We consider this to be a dangerous section of the footpath (see photographs above). With very little alteration the path can be diverted along a section of the Guided Busway cycle path. This is the short-term aim. The long-term aim is to divert the path along the river to enter St Ives under the bypass and then along The Quay. (See the following map for the alternative routes under discussion.)

Ouse Valley Walk

The Great Ouse Valley Way is important to tourism and the local economy. It is the location of the annual Great Ouse Valley Marathon.

GOVT is looking forward to working with the County Council to ensure that the Great Ouse Valley Way takes is rightful place as one of the most accessible and attractive long-distance footpaths in the country.