The general aim of the Green Railway project is to create a new non-motorized tourism route for locals, domestic and foreign visitors, using old narrow-gauge railway causeways in South-Estonia and North-Latvia. Altogether the route will be ca 700 km long (including original parts of narrow gauge railway lines, re-routing parts, Alūksne-Gulbene narrow-gauge railway and segments of bicycle route “Tour de LatEst”).
The tourism route will be available for hiking and cycling either by foot, bike or by other means of light traffic (and on skis in winter season). In South-Estonia, the route will pass Ikla, Kilingi-Nõmme, Mõisaküla, Viljandi, Valga (and Latvian Valka) and Mõniste, moving smoothly to North-Latvia passing Ape, Aluksne-Gulbene, Ranka, Melturi, Valmiera, Limbazi, Puikule, Ainazi, Aloja, Mazsalaca and Rujiena. Moreover, in Latvia it is planned to add the route to the existing and working narrow gauged railway between Aluksne and Gulbene.
Project has been awarded the label of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 and the label is being used in events and communications throughout 2018.