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New bridleway route through Worth Wood near Tarr Steps

Exmoor National Park Authority is pleased to announce that the long term closure on Public Bridleway DU10/38, Parish of Withypool & Hawkridge has been lifted.

A landslip occurred following the major flood of 24 December 2012 which destroyed a 40 metre length of the bridleway on the western bank of the River Barle at Worth Wood. This made the legally recorded route impassable at this point and it has been closed ever since.

In past few weeks, practical works have taken place to create a new route for the path set further up the slope from the river and on the 8 September, Exmoor National Park Authority confirmed the Public Path Order to divert public bridleway DU10/38 onto this new route.

Dan Barnett, National Park Access & Recreation Manager said: “It’s taken a while to find the best way of tackling this issue, but the new route provides a long term sustainable solution for the public bridleway and paves the way for further access enhancements along this popular and beautiful valley.

“We can now explore funding options for installation of a new bridge below Great Bradley which would allow us to move the Two Moors Way onto the west side of the Barle and provide a much more user friendly path between Withypool and Tarr Steps.”