New access open at Ridgetop Park, thanks to support from Cavanna Homes

A new pedestrian access route and car park have officially opened at Ridgetop Park, between Alphington and Exminster, for the public and residents living at Cavanna @ Elm Park in Exeter.

The 52-acre open green space is designed to help protect popular visitor wildlife conservation sites such as Dawlish Warren, the Exe Estuary and the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths, by providing beautiful, alternative places for people to visit.

We’re delighted to have provided safe access to this picturesque landscape by creating a 19-space car park at Cavanna @ Elm Park, off Stapleton Way, with allocated bike parking being installed, as well as forming a temporary footpath connection.

Mike Smith, Senior Development Manager said: “Ridgetop Park is a fantastic resource with stunning views and large areas of beautiful open space which is also helping to protect valuable wildlife at nearby sensitive designated sites. We’re pleased to play our part in helping people living in our new community and further afield to access this stunning space.”

“As well as the parking facilities, we’ve mown a temporary footpath into the adjacent bank to provide a safe walkway for visitors integrated with the natural aesthetics of the area.”

Once building work is complete at Cavanna @ Elm Park, the new access will be finalised taking walkers on an incline through a scenic route to the hilltop park, offering breath-taking views across Exeter to the north, and the estuary to the south.

Ridgetop Park has maps and information boards to encourage interactive learning, as well as benches positioned to face the sunrise and the sunset. There are also wetlands to explore, and wooden carvings placed along the routes for people to find.

George Steel, Sales Advisor added: “Ridgetop Park is a great enhancement to our new community and is already proving popular with families and dog walkers. It’s a spectacular open space with lots to offer and to have it right on our residents’ doorsteps is an incredible bonus!”

The land is owned by Teignbridge District Council and will be managed by the Land Trust. Due to the steep incline of the site, it is not accessible for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

Ridgetop Park is three kilometres from the new Marsh Barton rail station, via the Riverside Valley Park, and a new pedestrian and cycle bridge is being provided following successful funding led by Devon County Council.

If you’re planning a trip to Ridgetop Park, then make sure you also visit our Marketing Suite at Cavanna @ Elm Park to discover our new, energy-efficient family homes. We’re open daily from 10am – 5pm.