Tarka Trail


Temporary closure of American Road

American Road Braunton Burrows North Devon

Notices have been placed around the American Road through the Braunton Burrows warning of a temporary closure for resurfacing work.

The American Road is a bridleway that cuts through the Braunton Burrows from Sandy Land car park down to Crow Point.

Map of affacted area on American Road in Braunton

The road, originally built by the US Military back in 1943 for D-Day Training is in constant use by cyclists, horse riders, military and maintenance vehicles and walkers following the South West Coast Path and Tarka Trail.

Diversion signs will be in place for walkers that will take them through the Braunton Burrows where they can meet back up with the American Road further south, but vehicles, horses and cyclists will not have the same option for the duration of the work.

The aim of the project is to fill in potholes and generally make improvements to the road surface which requires regular attention due to having soft sand foundations. The work will be carried out by The MoD who have announced the work will start no earlier than 29th August 2022.

Bridkeway sign on American Road

The work is likely to take up to 7th October to complete, but Devon County Council have warned the work could be taking place between 15th August to 14th February ’23 to allow a generous window of time to get the work finished.

If you plan to walk the route during that time, please look out for signs and diversions. If you are planning to cycle or ride a horse, please avoid this stretch until further notice. As soon as the work is complete and the path open, we will let you know.

Both the MoD and Devon County Council apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

Notice of bridleway temporary closure

Temporary closure of American Road