Barnstaples new riverside walkway will open today (Friday). The 675-metre- long promenade part of the new Anchorwood Bank development was expected to open last month but was delayed due to safety checks. The shared cycleway and footpath is 3.5-metres wide and is sat within an eight-metre-wide no-build corridor. It features 24 lamp posts and will join the Tarka Trail with the Long Bridge. The outer wall is 60cm higher than the walkway 7.82 metres above sea level and will act as a major flood defence for the huge retail and residential development currently under construction. The walkway will open at 1pm. Site developer Wessex Investors said the walkway would become a true asset for the town. Andrew Pegg, managing director of Wessex Investors, said: 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.For more North Devon stories visit our news feed here.