Wray Valley Trail completed and open
Posted on: 20 December 2019
It has been around twenty years in the making but the Wray Valley Trail has now been completed.
The full 11km off-road trail, which connects Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead, has opened today (Friday 20 December). It follows the completion of the final 3.9km length of the off-road trail between Wray Barton and Lustleigh.
The trail follows the route of the disused Moretonhampstead branch line for the majority of its length and has required the construction of seven new structures and significant work to an existing rock cutting north of Lustleigh.
The scheme has included the installation of two 25 metre bridges that were lifted into place over the A382 near Moretonhampstead in 2011 and 2016, replacing the old railway bridges and taking the route over the main road.
The Wray Valley Trail received planning permission in 2009, with work starting on the first section between Moretonhampstead and Steward Wood in November 2010 before opening in 2011.
Further sections of the trail, heading north from Bovey Tracey to Lower Knowle Road, and extending south from Stewards Wood to Wray Barton have been opened over the past eight years.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for cycling, said: “Developing multi-use trails is never a quick process and the Wray Valley Trail was first consulted on at a public exhibition in 2003. However, when you see the end result, it has certainly been worth the wait and the effort. This Trail is a great addition to our off-road multi-use routes across the county and improves walking, cycling, and equestrian, access to Dartmoor.”
Councillor George Gribble, County Councillor for Bovey Tracey Rural, said: “I’m extremely pleased that the entire length of the Trail has been completed and is open for public use. Everyone will now be able to enjoy this wonderful facility and we’re looking forward to marking this achievement at the official opening next year.”
Councillor Jerry Brook, Devon County Councillor for Chudleigh Rural, said: “The completion of the Wray Valley Trail will be welcomed by residents throughout the valley and visitors alike. It offers opportunities for business generally, but particularly for tourist businesses to build on sustainable options. Moretonhampstead has a variety of hostelries where walkers and cyclists can refresh themselves in friendly and comfortable surroundings.”
An official opening will be marked with a celebration event in March 2020.Posted in: Community | DCC Homepage | Environment