Proposals to extend Teign Estuary Trail to Dawlish


Posted on: 6 July 2016

A public exhibition on proposals to extend the Teign Estuary Trail to Dawlish will be held later this month.

Devon County Council is currently exploring the next section of the Trail and how best to provide links through Dawlish.

The exhibition will be held at the Community Centre on Dawlish Strand, from 12noon to 7pm, on Friday 15 July.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to comment on a number of route options which are being considered and will be on display at the exhibition.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Cllr Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for cycling, said: “This exhibition is a great opportunity for people in Dawlish to have their say on potential cycle links through the town. The long term ambition is for the recently completed Exe Estuary Trail to link via Dawlish to the Teign Estuary Trail, connecting Teignmouth and Bishopsteignton to Kingsteignton and Newton Abbot. We want to develop a user-friendly route for people of all ages to enjoy recreational walking and cycling trips, as well as catering for users of mobility scooters and commuting cyclists.”

Cllr John Clatworthy

Cllr John Clatworthy

Councillor John Clatworthy, Devon County Councillor for Dawlish, said: “It is important that residents and stakeholders engage in the consultation process and make their views known so that there is consensus on the way forward to complete the Trail.”

Mayor of Dawlish Councillor Angela Fenne said: “It is extremely important that all residents of Dawlish are included in the processes that make changes to the town they live in. Any decisions that are made that affect their town, now and in the future, should include their input to show they can influence change.”

The County Council has submitted a bid for Growth Deal funding for the scheme and although funding has not yet been secured, design and land negotiations to extend the Teign Estuary cycle route through Dawlish to Teignmouth are progressing.

19 comments on “Proposals to extend Teign Estuary Trail to Dawlish

  1. Peter says:

    Obviously this is a great idea but, as mentioned above in so many posts, it would be nice to hear about the planning progress for the Teign Estuary Trail. I commute daily by bicycle between Teignmouth and Torquay so I would appreciate the opportunity to avoid the risky coastal A379 road if possible. I fell off this morning after pulling in to let a queue of traffic past me that inevitably builds up on those steep hills. 99.9% of drivers are patient and give me plenty of room (thanks!) but at least once a week I endure a heart-stopping near miss and/or someone abusing me simply for cycling on that road.

  2. pas says:

    we have been waiting over 10 years for the Kingsteignton to Teignmouth path lets hope it happens before too long. I am a walker and cyclist but the one thing that bugs me is dogs on cycle paths, they should be on a short lead not loose or on extending leads you cant see until its too late. its not the dogs fault.

    • Matt says:

      agree on this, it would be great if dogs could be kept on a short lead while on shared use paths. The Exe Estuary path is the worst for this.

    • Simon says:

      Yes, had the misfortune myself to hit a dog myself on one the Exeter cycle paths and went over the handlebars, my partner had one come full-tilt out of a hedge and do the same to her on the NA cycle path resulting in her crashing and receiving a broken wrist. Both times the dog carried on as if nothing had happened. Many cyclists will use the cycle path for their commute and like anyone else on their way to work will want to travel at a decent speed. Of course they need to pay attention to other users and give fair warning of their approach, but when these routes are referred to as multi-use that means cyclists, walkers, people in mobility scooters. Dogs shouldn’t be allowed to range at will off-the-lead as this will inevitably cause accidents.

  3. Scott Lau says:

    Yes, this link up is just what is needed, it will save lives…The main road from Teignmouth towards Newton Abbot is lethal.

  4. Claire says:

    Whilst the link to Dawlish may be welcomed, the main purpose of The Teign Estuary Trail (as originally designed nearly fifteen years ago!) was to provide a safe off road multi user trail linking Newton Abbot to Teignmouth via Kingsteignton and Bishopsteignton. Cyclists, and certainly pedestrians, actively avoid using the dangerous narrow stretch of winding main road between Kingsteignton and Bishopsteignton for fear of accidents and car drivers curse those who brave it due to poor visibility and lack of safe passing places. It’s hard to feel positive about linking an extra section to a trail which has yet to have much progress made on it, especially when the main critical section continues to be persistently held back. You only have to look at how popular the existing section between Newton Abbot and Kingsteignton is to recognise that is a real demand for it. Please listen to what the public want and have lobbied for via the Save The Teign Estuary Trail campaign for years now! It’s time to see some action and real progress being made to show that you are genuine and serious about your committment to bringing the Teign Estuary Trail to fruition.

    • Simon says:

      Agreed. Councillors Hughes’ statement above illustrates the reality. This project is actually no further ahead than it was ten or fifteen years ago. It appears to be simply an aspiration with no substance.

  5. John says:

    Please please please get the teignmouth to kingsteignton cycle path started! The social and economic benefits will be amazing.

  6. Nigel W says:

    Can I suggest that walkers should not wear earphones. I ring the bell on my bike and slow right down, sometimes dismounting, but some walkers are oblivious to other path users. If the path is wide enough then a dedicated walker lane could be painted in.

    • Peter S says:

      It’s good to hear that you have a bell and that you use it. Thank you.
      Many cyclists use the silent approach.
      All users should be respectful of each other but, above all, DCC and the land owners need to get their act together and get the Teign Estuary Trail completed

  7. Simon Fletcher says:

    The title of this article is misleading, in truth there is no ‘Teign Estuary Trail’, rather there is a short cycle path out of Newton Abbot that fizzles out in the Hackney Marshes about a mile out. Then there is a proposal for a path to Teignmouth which has been in gestation for a good ten years or more. Discussions with landowners seems to have been the sticking point for most of that period, and from the article its hard to see that things have actually moved any further. To have this ‘trail’ would be a fantastic thing. to cycle from Teignmouth to Newton Abbot on the flat would get many more cyclists and hitherto non-cyclists using the route. My wife has cycled Bishopsteignton to NA along the main road daily for the past thirty years (during which time traffic has increased exponentially) and it would have been a huge boon to have had a proper cycle route along the river. As it is, she retires in a year or two, so we probably won’t see the benefit. My plea to DCC would be to stop talking the project up and get on and resolve the real issues that are holding it up!

  8. Roger says:

    I agree with the comments about the Teign Estuary Trail which doesn’t exist – a few extra words in article could have made that clear. It’s very good to see that other parts of the cycle and walking links between Dawlish and Newton Abbot are making some progress but until the part between Teignmouth and Kingsteignton is completed safety, well being and economic benefit will not be achieved.

  9. Roger says:

    I,m pleased to see that progress is being made on the cycle route through to Dawlish from Dawlish Warren and look forward to seeing the exhibition.
    I am frustrated that the section from Teignmouth to Kingsteignton has not yet reached this stage, and cycling between Teignmouth and Kingsteignton is continuing to be a hazardous route and there is no safe walking route from Bishopsteignton to Kingsteinton

  10. Judith says:

    People reading this might mistakenly think the Teign Estuary Trail already exists. Whilst I welcome the plans to provide a cycling route between Teignmouth and Dawlish please could the county council progress its plans for the trail joining up Teignmouth, Bishopsteignton and Kingsteignton as well? At the moment people in Teignmouth have nowhere safe to cycle. The traffic congestion in Bitton Park Road could be eased if there was an alternative walking and cycling route.

  11. Dennis Waters says:

    What Teign estuary trail?
    We have been waiting for years to link Teignmouth to Newton Abbot with nothing happening. The road between the two is so dangerous and yet nothing has been done.
    How can you talk of an extension of nothing
    Why not get on with the Teign estuary trail and forget about a link.

  12. Simon says:

    As someone who lives here all year round it will fantastic to have a joined up cycling network connecting the proposed Teign Estuary trail with Teignmouth and Dawlish (and on to the fantastic Exe trail – which I use every day to get to work) avoiding unpleasent and heavily congested roads not at all suitable relaxed family holiday cycling.

  13. William Kilner says:

    As someone who visits Dawlish twice a year on holiday, I sincerely hope there will be no attempt to amalgamate the cycle route with the sea wall walking route. The peace and tranquility of walking along the sea wall – Dawlish’s unique selling point in my opinion – would be ruined forever if you were having to step aside for cyclists every 30 seconds. Anyone who doubts this theory should try walking along the Padstow shared cycling and walking route on the track bed of the old railway. I tried it last summer and must say it was a stressful and irritating experience due to the bullish attitudes of many cyclists who wanted to pass by. I know it’s fashionable to create cycling routes, but please don’t let it be at the expense of Dawlish’s superb walking assets!

    • Iain McDonald (Coastguard Cottages, Dawlish) says:

      Cycling is prohibited on the Sea Wall and there are now metal barriers and ‘No cycling’ notices on the wall. Very few cyclists on the new Exeter Road cycle path though…

    • Norman Maudsley says:

      All cycle routs should be re named multy user trails as that is what all this is about.

      And while I am making my rant, please cyclist’s please have a audible warning device fitted (A Bell if it needs explaining) all we walkers ask is you ring a bell when approaching from behind & please do not use these routs as a race track, visit a Velodrome for that.

      Norman Maudsley

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