Work starts on latest section of Wray Valley Trail
Posted on: 16 June 2016
Work starts next week on the latest phase of the Wray Valley Trail linking Moretonhampstead to Bovey Tracey.
The trail, which is being developed by Devon County Council, follows the old Newton Abbot to Moretonhampstead railway line and is designed as a multi-use path to be enjoyed by pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians.
This latest section will see a new 25 metre bridge built to replace the former railway crossing over the A382 at Steward Wood, together with almost 600 metres of off road path. The bridge has been sympathetically designed to reflect the detail of local historic steel railway bridges, and will match the bridge at Budleigh Farm which was erected in 2010.
Plans for the trail were developed following a consultation and a public exhibition in 2003, and were approved by Dartmoor National Park Authority in 2014. The first phase from Pound Lane in Moretonhampstead to Steward Wood opened in early 2011
Work on this latest section is planned to be completed in October this year.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said:
“Work is continuing apace on this scheme, and soon another stage will be open and ready for walkers, cyclists and equestrians to enjoy.
“Set in the spectacular surroundings of Dartmoor National Park, the trail will be a huge attraction and once complete, will offer visitors and locals the opportunity to better explore this part of our county.”
Councillor George Gribble, local Devon County Councillor for Bovey Tracey, said:
“This is great news. The work will allow families, equestrians, walkers and cyclists to use these off road facilities, eventually linking the moor to the sea. It will give local people and holiday visitors alike off road access to our rural towns and villages and to the seaside.”
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