Lower Otter footpath set to remain closed ‘until December’

PUBLISHED: 16:35 11 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:35 11 October 2018

The Lower Otter footpath looks set to be closed until December. Picture: Tom Wright

The Lower Otter footpath looks set to be closed until December. Picture: Tom Wright

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The closure of the Lower Otter footpaths between Otterton and Budleigh Salterton will be extended for at least the next eight weeks to enable the restoration of the popular riverside path.

Although Devon County Council (DCC) has put a formal six-month closure in place, every effort will be made to open the route earlier.

The Environment Agency is carrying out repairs to its collapsed culvert and the damaged bank and path, and is liaising closely with the county council and with the landowners Clinton Devon Estates.

The physical closure and barriers on the footpath have been moved further south so that visitors and locals can visit a popular bird hide.

The route will be a cul-de-sac and path is closed from that point onwards and will not be a through route to Budleigh Salterton sea front for some time. An alternative route is signed.

The path is likely to remain closed until December but it is hoped it will re-open sooner.

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