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.
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