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Wray Valley Trail completed and open

Photo of Wray Valley TrailWray Valley Trail

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.

Photo of Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes

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.”

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Councillor George Gribble

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.”

Photo of Councillor Jerry Brook

Councillor Jerry Brook

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.

14 comments on “Wray Valley Trail completed and open

  1. Paul Tomlin says:

    Just explored the Trail.(9th Jan 2020)
    Although it is not officially opene, it certainly has the bones of a good trail. Decent signage would help, but I would assume that is in hand!

    The trail ends before The East side of Lustleigh and uses the Roads through Lustleigh before restarting again on the West side.

    One hopes that the section of Railway line through Lustleigh can be reclaimed to complete the “Off Road” Trail. Shame it hasn’t been done already!

    Otherwise a great facility.

  2. Paul Lucas says:

    We have watched developments with interest and enjoyed walking the path today from Moretonhampsted to Lustleigh having first caught the 14.21 bus from Lustleigh village. Hopefully this linear path will lead to more patronage of the bus route. Congratulations on completing the project.

  3. Judith Sharples says:

    Great news, it’s a fantastic facility – well done to all involved. Here’s hoping the Teign Estuary Trail will be next!

  4. Janet says:

    At long last! This trail was first proposed when we moved to Bovey in 2003. We were really excited at the prospect of a family friendly path. And its taken an unnecessarily long time. Well done to the Team who had to battle a minority group who obstructed the proposal, preventing the timely completion of the route.

  5. Sue McGivern says:

    Great, any chance of supplying a map link so that it’s easier to see where the trail is please? Thanks

  6. Rob Symes says:

    Great work, glad to see positive news for off road cycling on Dartmoor compared to the usual national park “don’t bother coming” attitude!!

  7. Mark Tucker says:

    When I was working for Sustrans over 20 years ago, I first started negotiating with landowners to secure sections of land for this route in partnership with Graham Cornish of Devon County Council. It was a far sighted project for the Council and was never going to be easy.

    We worked hard to achieve the route and although it has taken a long time that is not unusual for this type of project. I’m absolutely delighted that it has now been completed. Now that the trail exists, it should be there for people to enjoy for a hundred years or more so it has absolutely been worthwhile.

  8. David Incoll says:

    Brilliant news.Well done Devon County Council on your tenacity.

  9. Laurie Preece says:

    Hi well done. We have a lot of cyclist and walkers staying at the White Hart Hotel so this Trail is a great activity to add to our website. Laurie Preece. Sales and Marketing Manager.

  10. John Rhodes says:

    Great, must get the bike up and running.

  11. Ali says:

    Fantastic news. We’ve been waiting a long time. Now for Newton Abbot to Teignmouth and we can get from Moretonhampstead to the beach!

  12. J Roberts says:

    Fantastic!

  13. Alun Peters says:

    well done, can’t wait to walk the entire length of the trail

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