Wray Valley cycle trail could extend to Chagford

Laura White
Laura White
Cllr Nicky Heyworth with fellow cyclists at the start of the Wray trail, Moretonhampstead © Chris Saville

The Wray Valley Trail, which links Bovey Tracey to Moretonhampstead via Lustleigh, should be extended further to Chagford, according to the town’s West Devon Borough Councillor Nicky Heyworth.

18 enthusiastic cyclists from both Chagford and Moretonhampstead joined Cllr Heyworth on Sunday morning, 25th October, on the Wray Valley Cycle Trail.

The cyclists wanted to express their support for improving the cycle links between Moretonhampstead and Chagford. The Wray Valley Trail has proved immensely popular with walkers and cyclists of all ages, and there is already strong community support for a safe and easily accessible cycle route between the two towns.

The extension would be good for the environment as it would encourage people travelling between Chagford and Moretonhampstead to cycle instead of using their car and could get more people exercising. With the trail proving popular among visitors to Dartmoor, it would also bring more tourism revenue into Chagford, benefiting local businesses.

She explained: “This summer the Government announced £2 billion of additional funding for cycle and walking routes and I have been in touch with our local MP Mel Stride about access to this funding and with the Leader of West Devon Borough Council Neil Jory to discuss planning obstacles. They have both been very helpful and with a lot of hard work there is no reason we can’t this get off the ground.”

Central Devon MP Mel Stride said: “We should always be looking at ways we can make our communities more environmentally friendly and this also has the potential to be very good news for local businesses. I am very happy to support Nicky with this campaign and will do whatever I can to help.” Cllr Heyworth continued: “This is the start of a collaborative process in which we hope to engage as many people as possible with the expansion of Active Travel on Dartmoor.”

Any local residents or interested parties who want to support the campaign
should contact Cllr Heyworth at: cllr.nicky.heyworth@west.devon.gov.uk or phone on 07976 294939.

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