Walkers and cyclists can look forward to the opening of two spectacular new sections of greenway this spring on Sustrans’ National Cycle Network Route 27 (part of the Devon Coast-to-Coast route and EuroVelo 1).
A fantastic 300 metre long viaduct is being built on The Drake’s Trail near Tavistock by Devon County Council, providing a traffic-free crossing of the River Walkham and offering views of Dartmoor to the east and Sticklepath woods to the west. The five span, steel structure is to be known as Gem Bridge. Construction has not been without its challenges due to the steep slopes, narrow site and proximity to the river!
Nearby, Devon County Council has also purchased the disused Grenofen railway tunnel, originally built in 1859 by the famous British Engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The tunnel is being re-opened after 50 years as a cycle route and will, likewise, be part of National Route 27/EuroVelo 1.
The Gem Bridge and Grenofen Tunnel, combined with connecting paths, will add 26 km of greenway to this beautiful area of South West England. To plan a route or find out more visit www.sustrans.org.uk