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Parks, Play Areas and Open Spaces

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Torridge Parks

Torridge District Council maintains a number of parks, woodland, play area, open spaces and amenity areas throughout the district.

Use the interactive map to access details of Torridge's parks. Information about each park can be accessed by clicking on the icons.

Please note that some parks are owned by Town Councils (where indicated) and you should contact them directly with any queries, complaints or maintenance issues. 

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View the Torridge District Council Play Area Strategy (2021) (PDF) [1MB]

Grazing of Animals

The only grazing on Council-controlled areas is that relating to Northam Burrows.

The  Burrows is Common land and still actively grazed by the 'Potwallopers' of the ancient manor of Northam .  The rights of common are to graze 1200 sheep and 100 horses  plus the right to "air and exercise" which is taken as the right of pedestrian access.  In the summer months and holiday season there is a toll charge for the passage of vehicles onto the common.

For further information, please refer to Local plan


The Council does not provide facilities for fishing from any of its riverbank or foreshore land.  Fishing Licences or 'Rod Licences' are issued by the Environment Agency, details are available online at The Environment Agency Website

Torridge river and estuary access

The iconic river that runs through the heart of our District offers many opportunities for leisure and pleasure activities.  The following link provides guidance and a code of conduct of how to utilise and make the most of our wonderful asset. 

Estuary access and conduct (PDF) [636KB]

Cliff and Beach Safety

Landslips and rock falls are common along this stretch of the North Devon coast, which is constantly eroding and can occur at ANY time. However, exceptional rainfall may contribute to the frequency of falls and possible landslides.

It is important that visitors pay attention to any warning signs and stay well away from the base of cliffs and landslides.

Similarly, avoid walking close to the cliff edge, particularly overhangs which may not support your weight.

It is advisable, if you are alone, that you let someone know where you are going and at what time you expect to be back.

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