Teign Estuary Trail connects Newton Abbot racecourse to Passage House

Posted on: 2 May 2018

The latest section of the Teign Estuary Trail has opened.

The pedestrian and cycle route between Newton Abbot Racecourse and the Passage House Inn opened at the weekend following the completion of work.

The route connects to part of the Teign Estuary Trail which links Newton Abbot and Kingsteignton, and also adds to other completed sections of the trail from Dawlish Warren into Dawlish.

Cllr Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for cycling, said: “We’re pleased that we’ve been able to open another section of the Teign Estuary Trail. This project is a huge undertaking and it will take time, but work is ongoing on land acquisition and design for other parts of the route and we are trying to take advantage of funding opportunities as they arise.”

Councillor Ron Peart

Councillor Ron Peart, Devon County Councillor for Kingsteignton and Teign Estuary, said: “I’m pleased the section from Newton Abbot to the Passage House has opened, and I’m getting good feedback from people already using it. It has made good use of recycled material from the recent A380 improvements. Everyone wants the Teign Estuary Trail to become a reality and the County Council is continuing to work on the route, speaking to landowners and bidding for funds – and that’s what it comes down to. We all want a trail of which we can be proud in order to serve the area, and we need to work together to make it happen.”

Sections between Dawlish and Teignmouth are ready to be constructed as and when funds become available, and work is continuing on land acquisition and design for other remaining parts of the Trail. A bid is also being prepared for the next round of the Coastal Communities Fund to deliver the first section from Dawlish to Holcombe

The section between Teignmouth and Bishopsteignton is the most challenging. Alternative alignments for the stretch from Bishopsteignton to Passage House Inn are subject to ongoing discussions with the land owners.

Devon County Council’s strategic vision is to link the recently completed Exe Estuary Trail, to Dawlish and Teignmouth and onto Bishopsteignton, Kingsteignton and Newton Abbot.

4 comments on “Teign Estuary Trail connects Newton Abbot racecourse to Passage House

  1. SYMON ROWLAND says:

    Great to see this new section of trail completed. It is not high enough above the high water mark though!
    Walked it on Monday evening at high tide and two sections were completely flooded to a depth of a good few centimetres and impassable to anyone not prepared to wade through. This trail section is not going to last for long if it is regularly flooded 🙁

  2. Margaret says:

    You make a very good point……. we are part of a running group who regularly go under the railway bridge and it is only passable by walking with great care.

  3. Sue Rollason says:

    A big improvement, variable surface however as only the bit closest to the Passage House Inn has a good finish, the rest is either rougher or entirely missing. Why is the path under the railway bridge on Hackney Marsh Kingsteignton untouched? This is an unavoidable section in the route but it has had no attention and remains full of potholes which get flooded. The light is poor and the surface is treacherous for anyone with limited mobility including some wheelchair users – are only bicycle wheels important to DCC? Network Rail may own the strip of land under the bridge but surely DCC should have reached an agreement with them in order to carry out the upgrade on the whole path?

    • Natasha Cole says:

      Thank you for letting us know the surface is rough / poor in areas. As a wheelchair user I am keen to find decent routes I can use that get me out and about but it looks like this may not be one of them!

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