Peter Brook says:
I was delighted to pick up the handbill at the Co-op and hear about the campaign. I would use the path a lot – I live in Ipplepen and have tried walking into Totnes (tricky!) and will do what I can to support this welcome initiative.
Adrian Partridge says:
When my oldest boys were young we lived in Totnes and often went cycling as a family from Bridgetown. To create safe routes from our home, of a circular nature, was very challenging, due to the river south of the town, the steep hills etc. The Lttlehempston/Staverton areas offered the best hope, but accessing it was difficult. Bourton lane was extremely rough and had travellers dogs to contend with, we tried using the roads through Berry Pomeroy which required nerves of steel when our kids were only 9. I have lost count of the number of times I have wished for this crossing. I wanted it for a route for charity walks with the scouts, and now living in Ipplepen with 3 x10 year old cycling fanatics I need it again. It will also create cycle hire business opportunities from Totnes, and would give the opportunity for a walking route to Newton Abbot, perhaps named after the Reverend Yeo who was a non-conformist minister expelled from his parish in Newton Abbot and forced to live in Totnes, returning clandestinely each Sunday to hold secret services in Bradley woods (N.A.), an idea I have been considering but due to no crossing not acting on, for far too long!
Adrian Partridge says:
I agree with Johanna, but would go further and suggest we examine the opportunities the link would bring. From Ipplepen we often make Staverton station one of our goals, with this link we could get on there with our bikes, ride the train to another station and cycle home. The railway could operate a cycle hire business where cycles could be returned to any of the stations, etc etc.
Barrie Drew says:
Living in Ipplepen it would be great to be able to safely cycle to Totnes without using the dangerous main road. The sooner the cycle path is complete the better.
David Simmonds says:
Cycle path – yes please!!! I would definitely use on my commute via Totnes station from Ipplepen. My family will use in future years, perhaps even to visit the steam railway and rare breeds farm.
Use bollards/gates on the bridge to enforce dismounting, as in many other towns and cities.
Most cyclists and pedestrians are law abiding. Vandals will have to be more on their guard in the vicinity of the farm and railway with more of these good citizens passing by.