Plan to link north of Exmouth with Estuary Trail

PUBLISHED: 09:59 05 February 2015 | UPDATED: 09:59 05 February 2015

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Plans have been put forward for a new cycle link between the north of Exmouth and the Exe Estuary Trail.

The scheme has been put forward by the National Trust, which owns the land to be used between the trail and the A376, and is for a path which can be used by cyclists, pedestrians and wheelchair users.

The plan includes proposals for a new Toucan crossing on the A376, allowing trail users to cross the road just north of Rivermead Avenue.

The National Trust says it hopes the scheme will improve public access to its land, and make the cycle network easier to access from the north of the town.

National Trust general manager David Ford said: “In developing proposals for this multi-user path, a wide range of issues were carefully considered, including which route would provide greatest public benefit, the need to balance wildlife, landscape and historic interest, finding a solution which minimised disruption to farming operations, as well as mitigating any potential impact on neighbours.

“The proposed route has been designed to try to balance all these considerations.

“We have regularly talked to local tenants, the wider community and interested parties during development of the proposals and have held a number of public consultation and information events.”

The proposed path will be 957m long, running along the northern boundary of Lower Halsdon Farm.

Exmouth Town Council will be consulted on the plan, before East Devon District Council rules on permission.

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