It's so that urgent works can be carried out
The path, which forms part of the National Cycle Network, is due to be closed between Coypool and Plymbridge for ten days for safety reasons. The work will improve the route for cyclists and walkers.
The planned closures will start on the morning of Monday the 15th and run until Friday the 26th of January, with work ceasing over the weekend of the 20th and 21st to allow pedestrian and cycle access to the path as normal.
Closure to the path will be between Coypool Park & Ride and Plymbridge Wood car park. Users should be aware that no signed diversion will be in place during the course of the works due to the lack of a suitable, safe alternative route on the local cycle network.
The work is being undertaken by the charity Sustrans, who manage the National Cycle Network, and the mineral giant Imerys. The work is largely to improve Cann Quarry Canal which runs alongside part of the trail. Over the years, a number of large trees have fallen into and across the canal, which has led to the path being flooded during times of heavy rain. Imerys, who owns the canal, will clear the trees from the waterway and Sustrans will carry out other safety work along the route.
The route, also known as National Cycle Route 27, is part of the famous Velodyssey that runs through France to the North Devon Coast, and both Sustrans and Imerys hope that the work will greatly enhance the experience for regular and visiting path users.
The Cann Quarry Canal, which opened in 1829, ran for just under two miles from Cann Quarry to the River Plym at Marsh Mills. Horses were used to pull tub-boats full of stone from the quarry to marsh Mills. The ruins of the stables can still be seen from the Plym Valley Trail near Plymbridge.
More information on the Plym Valley Trail and local routes can be found on the Sustrans website www.sustrans.org.uk.