Visitors to Quarr Abbey near Ryde can now leave the car at home and use their bicycles after works to improve pedestrian access to the monastery, along with cycling facilities at the abbey, were completed.
A remaining section of Quarr Road between Quarr Abbey and Abbots Close has recently been resurfaced with tarmac using funding secured by the council under the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF). Prior to the works it was a rough track, prone to becoming muddy and potholed.
Quarr Abbey has also improved its facilities by installing a bicycle rack using funding from the council’s LSTF-funded Bicycle Island grant scheme. The rack has been designed to blend in with the abbey’s buildings.
The work to resurface the remaining part of Quarr Road follows on from recent improvements to the path which runs from Fishbourne Lane through Quarr Abbey. It is part of an ongoing project to create a safe, traffic free and well surfaced route between Ryde and Newport.
Councillor Luisa Hillard, Isle of Wight Council Executive member with responsibility for sustainability, said:
“This is another example of the council’s commitment to providing traffic free shared use routes for residents and visitors alike.
“It is also great to see attractions such as Quarr Abbey secure funding from the council to improve cycling facilities, making it easier for visitors to use bicycles instead of their cars.
“Much like the recently resurfaced path between Wroxall and Shanklin, the works also benefit local residents or families with pushchairs, who can enjoy a walk or ride into the town centre without having to use the main road.”
Photograph L-R: Father Luke Bell, Quarr Abbey head gardener and estate manager Matt Noyce, Binstead and Fishbourne councillor Ivor Warlow and Executive member for sustainability, environment and public realm, Luisa Hillard // Isle of Wight Council