£5 million funding for Devon cycleways including Haldon

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  • Dibbs
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    I saw that on Spotlight earlier, no mention of routes in Somerset though 🙁

    Excellent – the money has been sourced for some of the build up there but more was needed to complete it as a project. Us volunteers are possibly contemplating some sort of pump/skills loop as part of it……

    snaps
    Member

    Yes the money is coming from the sale of Exeter airport thats owned by Devon county council I guess thats why they’re only spending it on Devon projects.

    Dibbs
    Member

    Silly me!

    scraprider
    Member

    cool . is this part of the new red routes as discused last august,

    snaps
    Member

    I’m not sure, just found THIS & theres no mention of the airport sale.

    Premier Icon Del
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    Snaps,
    the second link you have is dated october last year and relates to the first round of funding for the cafe, re-jigging the adventure and family trails, and the new red run.

    snaps
    Member

    Yes I know – I thought thats what scraprider was talking about, it looks like its seperate extra money!

    scraprider
    Member

    yep thats it , extra money , i cant rember were from , i was at the meeting , just seemed to go very quiet about it all , this is very good news indeed, i was up holden about 2 weeks ago , trails looking a bit worn / poor to be honest, were do you get info about helping etc , i looked here but found nothing, i wouldnt mind helping out somtimes ,

    snaps
    Member

    You could try emailing the FC, these guys seem to organise a lot up there (but their website is a bit outdated) You could try emailing the FC, these guys seem to organise a lot up there (but their website is a bit outdated) EXMTB or HFR

    scraprider
    Member

    hi m8 , done both of those not had any thing back from HFR for ages , and nothing at all from EXMTB

    neilforrow
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    Give them a call, however there is much more going on over the otherside…

    HFR is no longer building at haldon.. long story.

    A guy who rides up there called tim and a load of his mates do a lot of the building up haldon.. he is the guy to track down if you want to help

    for those who use the freeride bit see pic below…

    snaps
    Member

    Cheers for that

    trailmonkey
    Member

    We can only hope that DCC won’t be as Exeter-centric as they have been in other recent cycle projects.

    Christowkid
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    I’m a bit sad that money’s being put into Haldon. I’d like to see other things reviewed.
    For instance, some years back Sustrans looked at using the old Teign Valley line as a possible cycle track. Sadly the 3 tunnels going through the hill at Ide stopped it. Why they couldn’t have thought of a way round it baffles me, I think money was the ultimate downfall. That would have meant getting a trail from Exeter around a really pretty valley to Chudleigh or possibly Newton Abbot. It would be usable for a lot of people and also allow a possible commute-by-bike into and out of the city.
    With Haldon recouping money by charging, it seems to me the money could be better spent elsewhere.
    Also, as Traimonkey hints, it seems trails in the city are being improved, but no one links the outside *to* the city, so as he says, it’s Exeter-centric!
    my tuppence!
    cheers
    Q

    Premier Icon eviljoe
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    http://www.embc.uk.net

    is the Exeter MTB Club website- don’t think there’s anything up because they’re all too busy riding 🙂

    Never mind Haldon and Exeter. How about some all-weather trails in North Devon (mainly ones that don’t turn to clay at a hint of moisture)!

    Also, when did Haldon start charging? I was there a couple of weeks ago and no-one asked me for money, although I never use the car park.

    Premier Icon muddy@rseguy
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    Thats why you didnt get charged…Haldon is funded by the car park charges at the FC visitor centre. If you park on the road you dont pay.

    The Freeride area has (I think) been closed for about a year now cos its got bits like this:

    Christowkid
    Member

    spongemachine:
    At least you’ve got the Traka Trail!!! Yes I know it’s not somewhere that you can thrash around on, but down here we have *nothing*!
    The city has now tried to link trails in and around Exeter, and starting to extend down the estuary, but apart from that…..zilch!
    There are areas where on a mountain bike you can have fun and actually get out and about in Devon, we have a lot of bridleways and generally it doesn’t take too much to link them into a trip. I’m on the other side of the valley looking at Haldon. When they were young my kids had no where to learn to ride, unless you try to learn uphill on a 1:4 in most places. Now they’re older but really can’t face the hills that I cope with, family or ‘pleasure’ riding means we either have to drive across Devon to get to the Tarka trail, or possibly ~ 80 miles down the Wadebridge – it’s silly! The Exeter trail network is ok, but city based and incredibly busy, no place to go for a tranquil ride in the country with the family.
    My point was that the money could be more effectively used for the benefit of general cycling elsewhere – prehaps looking at other disused railway beds such as the Teign Valley – rather than a specialist area appealing to a few like Haldon. Where I live, the only flat road is our valley road which has blind bends on it, cars use it as a race track, roadies cycke 2 abreast which antagonises motorists and it’s now often a cycle v car battle. I hate using the road and wince at the thought of letting my older daughters cycle on it. Such an area needs gentle family recreational non car routes – as I’m sure other areas in Devon do to
    hey ho
    life’s too short to argue
    take it easy
    Q

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    plym valley line is just down the A38 and a nice gentle ride. plus all the trails through saltram alongside the plym estuary join up to it.

    Christowkid
    Member

    jam bo:
    sorry, ‘scuse my iggerance, never been!
    I suppose I was just trying to make the point that another longish cycleway would attract a greater variety of users, casual cyclist, familes etc as opposed to putting it where only a limited number of dedicated bikers will benefit.
    Q

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