Teign Estuary Trail

New Public Active Travel Route 

Aurora, Bristol

Client: Devon County Council
Services: Landscape Assesment and Design


The Teign Estuary Trail seeks to complete the missing link in the strategic active travel network between Newton Abbot and Teignmouth.

Connection of Dawlish, Teignmouth and Newton Abbot through the extension of the Teign and Exe Estuary Trails will form a national showcase, supporting leisure as well as local trips, and providing environmental, economic and health benefits.

The proposed multi-use trail will be built on land adjacent to the estuary and north of the railway between Passage House Inn and Bishopsteignton. The entirety of the multi-use trail will be at least 3m wide and 5 km long.


The Landmark Practice (Landmark) developed the proposed green infrastructure design, guided by the natural assets within the site and reinforcing these existing features or providing new landscape connections between them.

Landmark also undertook the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) to inform the scheme and prepared the landscape masterplan for the entire site. Accurate Visual Representations (AVRs) were prepared from key viewpoints within the LVIA, together with 3D visualisations to show the design intent and character along the route. An Interpretation and Street Furniture Strategy was prepared and Landmark coordinated the inputs for ecology and heritage from external consultants. Local community including schools and social groups will be encouraged to participate in the development of local themes, the interpretation boards and opportunities for public art.

The scheme received Planning Consent in December 2021.

Client Benefits

The scheme will deliver strong green infrastructure along the route, providing compensatory landscape features, long term recreational benefits, improved landscape structure and integration of the trail into its surroundings to create an attractive environment for its users.

The scheme won the ‘Excellence in Sustainable Infrastructure’ Award at the Landscape Institute Awards 2021.

“It was a pleasure working with the Landmark Practice team ensuring the Teign Estuary Trail design is of high environmental standard. The team was very proactive in identifying potential landscape impacts and proposing design solutions to avoid or minimise impact on this area of great landscape value working closely with the entire project team including designers, ecologists and arboricultural specialists.”

– Doe Fitzsimmons – Devon County Council Special Projects Manager