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Northam Burrows undergoes improvement works ahead of Summer Season

Burrows Westward Ho! Entrance

Torridge District Council have commissioned works to improve access to Northam Burrows Country Park at the Westward Ho! gate leading from Pebbleridge Road. The work is being carried out by the appointed contractors Pearce Construction and in time for the main Summer holiday season. The intention is to improve the experience for everyone visiting the Burrows while also improving safety at the entrance.

The entrance will be undergoing a make over, which will involve replacing the old gates, widening the road and building a new toll booth within the park boundary. This is intended to resolve congestion problems experienced here in past, and create a safer and better first impression for visitors. To carry out these works this entrance will be closed on Tuesday the 18th of April for 4 weeks. While pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the period, vehicles will need to use Pimpley (Sandymere Road) or Appledore entrances to enter the park. 

During the same period the footpath providing access from the slipway car park will also be repaired and enhanced. High tides and stormy seas have damaged the stile and "kissing gate", and have also covered the footpath with pebbles. A new gate will be installed alongside a sleeper bridge that will make it much easier for pedestrians to enter the park at this location.

In addition to these improvements the annual resurfacing of Pebbleridge Road and the realignment of Sandymere Bridge is also scheduled to be carried out in the coming weeks.

Michael Day Northam Burrows Lead Ranger said:

"Northam Burrows Country Park is home to some of the rarest wildlife and most beautiful landscape Devon has to offer. It is a special place for the local community as well as visitors, and we want to encourage everybody to come and enjoy it. We believe the improvement works will make the visitor experience better for both residents and tourists alike and we would like to thank people in advance for their patience while this essential work is carried out"

10 April 2017