Trail's final phase

PUBLISHED: 12:30 12 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:11 10 June 2010

THE final planning application for the 16-mile Exe Estuary Trail has now been submitted by the county council. Work started on the eastern side of the estuary, between Lympstone and Exton, in May this year. The first stage of construction included the i

THE final planning application for the 16-mile Exe Estuary Trail has now been submitted by the county council. Work started on the eastern side of the estuary, between Lympstone and Exton, in May this year. The first stage of construction included the installation of the security fencing within Network Rail land to mark the edge of the path and construction of a boardwalk from Home Farm to Belvedere. Work on this major section of the trail will continue through to the autumn of 2009 when it will be opened to the public.The entire 16 miles of the Exe Estuary Trail is due to be completed by 2011 and will run along the east and west side of the estuary.The final section of the trail, which covers from Turf Lock to Powderham Church, proposes to run southwards from Turf Lock, generally following the flood defence wall. The scheme includes a new pedestrian and cycle bridge which is planned to be constructed over the railway line. This link will form part of the route which gives walkers and cyclists access alongside the Estuary, which is both a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Protection Area (SPA). Councillor Margaret Rogers, Devon County Council executive member for environment, said: "I am delighted that yet another stretch of this very important trail has now reached the planning stage. "The route offers spectacular views for walkers and cyclists while they exercise in their local environment of the beautiful Exe Estuary. I'm sure this latest section will be as scenic and popular as the other parts of the route."The section to the north between Bridge Road and Turf Lock was officially opened in March 2007 and the stretch from Starcross to Cockwood was completed this summer. Work on these sections has created new paths from Exleigh junction to Starcross Station, and along the A379 from Royal Way junction to New Road junction. The existing puffin crossing in Starcross has been converted to a toucan crossing, signing through Starcross has been completed and a new toucan crossing on the A379 at Cockwood Harbour has been installed.More information about the Exe Estuary Trail can be found at www.devon.gov.uk/exeestuarytrail


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