The Tarka Trail...
The Tarka Trail is a series of footpaths and cycle paths (rail trails) around North Devon, England that follow the route taken by the fictional Tarka the Otter in the book of that name. It covers a total of 180 miles (290 km) in a figure-of-eight route, centred on Barnstaple.
The 31-mile (50 km) section between Braunton and Meeth is car-free, level and mostly tarmacked, and is shared by pedestrians and cyclists, with horse-riding also permitted on part of it. There is a guidebook available for this section
There are 21 yellow-topped audio posts spread out along this section of the Trail. Each post has a different information plaque and QR code. Users scan the code with a smartphone and each sound recording corresponds to a particular place on the Tarka Trail where you can learn about the wildlife, history, and heritage of the Trail
The remainder of the route covers a wide variety of landscapes, including wooded river valleys, moorland, coastal cliffs and sandy beaches. Walking varies between easy through to moderate and strenuous, depending on the location, but, in general, it is comprehensively waymarked.
Walking the Tarka Trail...
In addition to the linear route, there are a number of circular walks from, and back to the Tarka Trail. Details of these can be found in the Devon County Council publication 'Tarka Trail Circular Walks.
You're absolutely spoilt for choice in North Devon for great walks from short easy trails or longer treks for those who prefer to spend more time in the great outdoors.
We have an abundance of wildlife and stunning scenery across North Devon so get yourself out there and see it.
North Devon is not only an area of stunning landscapes, it has many different cycling trails and dedicated routes which will tempt you to explore the area further.
You will find that the Tarka Trail is one of the UK's most popular traffic-free cycle routes. It runs along the route of a former railway and forms part of the famous Devon Coast to Coast cycle route from Ilfracombe to Plymouth.
Links & more information...
Bideford Bicycle Hire
Situated just a few miles from the beach in north Devon's Tarka country, Bideford Bicycle Hire is the perfect place to hire a bicycle to explore the traffic-free 34 mile Tarka Trail cycle route.
Open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm.
Phone: 01237 424123
East The Water,
The Tarka Trail Guide
For more information on the Tarka Trail check out there website.
Tarka Tool Hire
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