East Devon District Council has given a ‘thumbs up’ to a plan for the Clyst Valley Trail.
The 8-mile Clyst Valley Trail will be used by commuters for work and for recreation by walkers, cyclists, mobility scooters and where possible, horse riders. It will link the Exe Estuary trail with the historic Killerton House and Park via an existing trail from Broadclyst, with future potential to reach Ashclyst Forest and the Exe Valley Way. On the way, it will pass through historic parklands at Winslade, Bishops Court and Poltimore, forming the first step towards a new Clyst Valley Regional Park.
The route aims to provide more options for people to cycle and walk to the Science Park safely, while experiencing at first hand the outstanding local environment. It should also reduce car dependency, reduce congestion and encourage active, low carbon travel. The trail should also increase the number of pupils in the area able to cycle or walk to their schools.
The next step will see East Devon District Council submit a bid to the Rural Development Programme for England to fund part of the trail in the Clyst St Mary/George area. [This section will enable people to cross some busy A-roads safely to access school, Topsham station and local businesses such as Dart’s Farm.]