Recycled Tunnels

Across the UK, there are dozens of former railway tunnels that have been converted to host foot and cycle paths. They are listed below, along with links offering more information about them and their location.

Headstone Tunnel on Derbyshire's Monsal Trail.
© Forgotten Relics

Some of these tunnels are little more than long bridges, however nine extend for over quarter-of-a-mile. These provide useful evidence as to how the challenges associated with Queensbury Tunnel's reuse might be managed.

For context, we've added Queensbury and Rhondda - also the focus of a reopening campaign - and some record-holding tunnels in Europe and the US.

Status
Name
Yards
Lit?
Trks
Loc'n
Info
O
Snoqualmie (US)
3963
N
1
P
Rhondda
3443
-
1
O
Uitzi (Spain)
2931
Y
1
O
St Paul's Pass (US)
2924
N
1
P
Queensbury
2501
-
2
P
Merthyr/Abernant
2497
-
1
O
Combe Down
1829
Y
1
NFP
Neidpath
602
N
1
O
St Leonard's
572
Y
2
O
Headstone
533
Y
2
O
Kelmarsh
520
N
1
O
Litton
515
Y
2
O
Staple Hill
515
Y
2
O
Cressbrook
471
Y
2
O
Oxenden
453
N
1
O
Devonshire
447
Y
1
O
Chee Tor No.1
401
Y
2
NYO
Tregarth No.2
397
-
1
O
Ashbourne
386
Y
2
O
Grenofen
374
Part
1
O
Thurgoland New
339
Y
1
O
Shaugh/Leighbeer
308
Part?
1
NFP
Newchurch No.2
290
N
1
O
Heathfield
265
Y
2
NFP
Usk
256
N
1
O
Winscombe Hill/Shute Shelve
198
N
1
O
Landscross
196
Y
1
O
Earlsheaton
179
Y
2
O
Rodney Street
179
Y
2
O
Brinnington
168
Y
2
O
Colinton
150
Y
1
O
Trinity
146
Y
2
O
Calke Park
138
N
Tram
O
Rusher Cutting
121
N
2
O
Grosmont Old
119
Y
1
O
Hopton
113
N
1
O
Coppet Hall North
111
N
Tram
O
Firth
110
Y
1
O
Cwm-y-Glo
106
N
1
O
Chee Tor No.2
94
N
2
O
Thomas Lane
87
N
2
O
Newport
83
Y
1
O
Instow
83
Y
1
O
Knowler Hill
79
N
2
O
Auchendinny
74
Y
1
O
Coppet Hall South
73
Y
Tram
O
Slade
70
N
1
O
Craigellachie
68
N
1
O
Oakenshaw
67
N
2
O
Loch Oich
67
N
1
O
Eshiels
66
N
1
O
Beamish East
62
N
2
O
Rodwell
58
Y
1
O
Newhaven
51
N
1
O
Basfords Hill
51
N
Tram
O
Loanhead
43
N
1
O
Heckmondwike North
40
N
2
O
Bedford Place
38
N
Wagon
O
Long Arch
37
N
1
O
Beamish West
35
N
2
O
Drysdale Street
28
N
Wagon
NYO
Tregarth No.1
27
-
1
O
Bowling
25
N
2
O
Little
24
N
1
O
Coppet Hall Middle
18
N
Tram

(O) Open, (NYO) Not Yet Officially Open, (P) Proposed, (NFP) Not a Formal Cycle Path

Please let us know if we've missed any tunnels that should be included on this list.

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