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Exe Estuary trail open for cyclists and walkers

Final section of 16-mile trail developed by Devon County Council unveiled today

The final section of the Exe Estuary Trail, completing the 16-mile cyclist and pedestrian route in Devon, has opened today.

Although minor works will continue to be carried out on that last 1.9km section until early next year, the whole of that three-metre wide route from Powderham to Turf Lock is now open.

The Exe Estuary Trail runs from Exmouth to Dawlish Warren, passing through Topsham and Exeter, and is mainly off-road. It forms part of National Cycle Network 2.

Devon County Council’s cabinet member responsible for cycling, Councillor Stuart Hughes, said: "The opening of the full route of the Exe Estuary Trail is great news and a fantastic achievement.

“It has been an ambitious project but well worth it. The route provides a spectacular showcase of the excellent cycling opportunities on offer in Devon, and it is one of the best ways to take in the Exe Estuary.

“There is still some minor work to be undertaken but the new section of the trail is accessible and open, and we will look forward to an official ceremony at a later date."

Alan Connett, county councillor for Exminster and Kenton, said: "I'm delighted to see this long awaited section of the trail is now open and ready for the winter.

“Many complex and difficult issues have been overcome to achieve the trail.

“The County Council will need to keep a close watch on potential increases in traffic and parking locally - because the trail is likely to be very popular, but deservedly so," he added.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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awjr | 9 years ago

Just make them follow Sustrans design guidance and all should be good unlike BANES which really can't make it's mind up

Paul_C | 9 years ago

“There is still some minor work to be undertaken"

code for putting in all the bollards, chicanes, barriers and cyclists dismount signs...  3

kamoshika | 9 years ago

Brilliant news. I've seen this route develop over the last decade + that I've lived in Exeter, and it's great that the final stretch is now finished.

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