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Riverside walkway opened at Anchorwood Bank

Anchorwood Bank's new riverside walk and cycle way was opened on Friday 27 May, in time for the half term holiday.

The riverside walk and cycle way is 675m long and 3.5m wide and runs along the southern bank of the river Taw from Long Bridge to the Taw Bridge, giving wonderful views of medieval Long Bridge, the river and Barnstaple town centre. Under the Taw Bridge it joins the existing riverside footpath, linking it to the Tarka Trail. The footpath from the Taw Bridge is, in the next few years, intended to be upgraded by Devon County Council to a full walking and cycle link.

The new route is a key element of the Anchorwood Bank regeneration scheme and the first to open to the public. Other parts of the project are also on track – ASDA’s contractors have recently begun on site and initial highways and other infrastructure works are complete, readying the area for the next phase of building.

Andrew Pegg, Wessex investors commented:
“We are delighted to be able to open the new riverside route in time for half term and give everyone that lives in or that is visiting Barnstaple the opportunity to enjoy it. The route, and indeed the whole of the Anchorwood Bank site, has been inaccessible to the public for many years and this is just the first stage of opening it up and creating a fantastic asset for the town.”

Martyn Gimber, North Devon Homes commented:
“We are very pleased to see this important project moving forward. Work on the rest of the site is going well and we are on track with our plans to have our first homes available at the end of 2017. We have had lots of interest from potential buyers, underlining the attractiveness of this lovely location in the heart of Barnstaple.”

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