Mel Stride

    BOVEY TRACEY’s Devon County Councillor George Gribble met with Central Devon MP Mel Stride in Heathfield today to update him on the progress with the Wray Valley Trail, linking eastern Dartmoor with Newton Abbot and Torbay. Cllr. Gribble took Mr Stride across the A38 on the newly-built pedestrian and cycle bridge - a major step forward with the route - and also discussed the next phase of the plan, completing the link between Bovey Tracey with Moretonhampstead. Mr Stride said:

    “It was very good to catch up on the progress already made with the trail and hear that the next stage is moving ahead. Devon County Council should be applauded for investing in this beautiful trail which not only offers local residents a terrific walking, cycling and horse riding route on their doorstep, but will also provide a boost to the local economy through increased tourism.”

    Cllr. Gribble added:

    “The work undertaken to date on the Wray Valley Trail has been a huge success and eventually it will be possible for families to walk or cycle from the moor to the sea safely along a single off-road route. It will encourage tourists staying in Teignmouth to also visit towns like Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead and vice versa, providing a boost to the local economies at both ends, and the businesses along the route.”

    Plans for the trail were first drawn up following a consultation and public exhibition in 2003, with Dartmoor National Park approving them in 2014.

    Photo: Bovey Tracey’s Devon County Councillor George Gribble showing Central Devon MP Mel Stride the progress with the Wray Valley Trail.