Glenham’s “hidden gem” can now be enjoyed by all.
A 5km recreational family walk through the Glenham Historic Railway Tunnel is to be held on Sunday, October 29, to raise money for the upkeep of the Glenham hall.
Organiser Jeanette Howes said the walk would be the first of its kind.
“We have not done this before. We have a train-wreck trail, which is a timed race, .. but this is a day for families – they can bring their buggies and their bikes. It’s not timed – it’s just a casual stroll through the tunnel,”she said.
“We will have afternoon tea afterwards, too.”
The Glenham tunnel was opened in 1890 and was part of the Wyndham-Glenham rail line. Each brick in the tunnel, which is 225m long, was made on site by workmen who were living there in tents.
The tunnel runs through the farm of Murray and Bev Howes.
“My husband is the fourth generation, my son will be the fifth and I have been here for over 40 years,” Bev Howes said.
“We have the odd people stopping in to see it. People just need to ask first as it is private property,”she said.
“The tunnel ends on the farm of Peter Dobson and that’s where the walk will go.
“It kicks off whenever, really – it’s really just for leisure. Once it’s done, everyone is welcome to come and have some afternoon tea at the Glenham hall.”
Community member Joy Dodd said the tunnel was a real treasure.
“We are extremely lucky to get the use of it. It’s a wee gem and it’s kind of them to share it with us,” Mrs Dodd said.
“It’s amazing and is built incredibly.”
The money raised would go towards the general upkeep of the Glenham hall.
“We will paint the roof and put more boards on the sides to stop the echo.”