Sticklepath is a small Dartmoor village with few buses. The roads and lanes are busy with motor vehicles and very few have verges or pavements making cycling, walking or horse riding risky.
Children and adults who want to get to school safely or into the nearest town, without using a car need a safe way to do this.
There have been a lot of near misses between vehicles and other road users locally. I have been in the nettles a few times escaping fast cars. A horse died and the rider injured a few years ago in collison with a vehicle. I don't think anyone should have to take these risks.
Local people have have formed a group to create a dedicated shared path through the villages and into the nearest town, Okehampton a distance of 5 kilometres away.
The path will be a link between the primary school, the secondary school, the new railway station and the Granite Way cycle shared path.
Ultimately I have a vision of a pathway across West Dartmoor from Bovey Tracey to Tavistock, it would be a safe cycle/ shared route across our beautiful county. This is achievable if we work together.
The Beacon shared path is a part of this larger vision for a connected path network across Dartmoor.
Many more people would cycle or walk locally if it was safer to do so. It would benefit visitors as well as people who live here.
To achieve our goal we need to raise the funds for a feasibility study from Sustrans, after this it will be funding from local authorities and government.
We have raised half of the £6000 required locally, and are asking for support from crowdfunders to achieve the rest.
An amount of £3000 is what it will take to get us there. We need your support for this great project, please donate what you can.