We are pleased to be able to announce that our trackbed holdings have been increased by the addition of a significant section bordering the River Yeo at Raleigh Weir on the outskirts of Barnstaple.
This section runs alongside the River Yeo for about 450 yards, finishing where the river turns through ninety degrees at Raleigh Weir. It has been widely commented that this is a very attractive section bordered as it is by trees and the river.
Our riparian boundary is in fact the centre of the River Yeo and therefore, as at Collard Bridge, this section comes with owner’s fishing rights subject to having the mandatory Environment Agency Rod Licence.
It seems appropriate at this stage to give a little of the background to this purchase. This land was owned by Pearce Construction apparently as a remnant following the building of the cricket pavilion in the field above and the transfer of the land around it.
We first contacted Pearce Construction about this in 2003 but at that time they were unable to sell as they remained in contractual negotiations with NDDC. Mike Buse nevertheless had a very amicable meeting with their Development Manager and we have periodically maintained contact since.
Now, some six years later, our patience has been rewarded and we have now been able to acquire this trackbed for a reasonable outlay.
This section of our trackbed does have permissive open access at present but please observe the country code if you visit.