New canal pathway opens in Torrington

Official opening of the new 1km walking path alongside the Rolle Canal near Torrington. L-R Graeme H

Official opening of the new 1km walking path alongside the Rolle Canal near Torrington. L-R Graeme Heaman ,Clinton Devon, Matt Edworthy, North Devon Biosphere Reserve, Roger Tinson, Clinton Devon, Simon Timms, Chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund & Anthony Barnes, Rolle Canal Society. - Credit: © Guy Newman

The 1km walkway on the Tarka Trail follows the remains of the Rolle Canal, which was superseded by the railway line.

A NEW canal path has opened along the Tarka Trail as part of the Biosphere project, Life’s Journey.

The 1km pathway at Torrington takes visitors along the remains of the Rolle Canal, where they can discover how it was built and eventually superseded by the railway.

Roger Tinson, from Clinton Devon Estates, owners of part of the land over which the path and canal runs, said: “Lord Clinton and his ancestors have been involved in the Rolle Canal for over 190 years.

“He and his family have committed to this project and many of his family members, including himself, have had hands on involvement with the work that has gone into it.

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“All of his family have been here to visit and seen the canal and the restoration work.

“As a former Royal Marine and someone who loves the outdoors, I am sure this canal path will make a great addition to the Tarka Trail for both cyclists and walkers.”

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The project was predominantly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Simon Timms, chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund SW Committee, who attended the opening, said: “I was delighted to be able to attend this event; there is no substitute for being on the ground and seeing the work that the Heritage Lottery Fund enables.

“The project has shone the spotlight on this canal and on this part of North Devon.”

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