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Tarka Trail (Braunton to Meeth)

Tarka Trail (Braunton to Meeth)
4.5
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The Tarka Trail is a pedestrian and cycle way within the North Devon Biosphere Reserve. This page is for the 48km, shared-use section between Braunton and Meeth which runs along the line of an old railway. It is part of the National Cycle Network and totally traffic free. Along this stretch, interpretation boards and other information help you discover the heritage, culture and natural features you can see. Horses are also welcome between Torrington (Servis bridleway) and Meeth. Further detailed information, including maps can be found in the Tarka Trail Guide available online from the website and in local bookshops, museums and Tourist Information Centres.
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NewB
Croydon, UK2 contributions
Great trail
Apr 2021
This trail is well worth a visit ... you need a good day and that probably doesn’t cover it all . Views throughout the part we covered lovely 😊
Written April 14, 2021
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VivAndPaul
Pershore, UK46 contributions
Nice ride
Oct 2020 • Solo
Rode from puffing billy in Torrington to Barnstaple and back. Car park busy at puffing billy.
Watch out for walkers who seem shocked when you ring your bell and jump the wrong way as they don’t know left from right

Nice 2 hour bike ride just beat the rain but had a nice cup of tea at the end
Written October 27, 2020
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Sarah F
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Fantastic
Sep 2020 • Family
We hired bikes from Barnstaple station and cycled to bideford with a lunch stop at Instow. We had a fantastic time, lovely scenery and lots of things to look at along the way. instow was a lovely place we had a nice lunch there at the boat house. Fremington was nice too there is a nice cafe in the old railway station where we stopped for tea and cake on way back and a kids pirate ship play area which my nephew would have loved as he’s mad on pirates! Can’t wait to cycle more of the trail starting at the other end next time.
Written September 30, 2020
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wellie1995
Woolhamton, UK19 contributions
Great trail but unsuitable for dogs
Sep 2020 • Family
We did the old railway trail which was supposedly suitable for dogs (according to the Tarka Trail website).

After about 1 mile of secure travel with gates to block off roads, there was a bus stop with an open path to a 60mph road (apparently there were more further up!).

Unfortunately, as we were under the impression that the path was secure and no signs to warn us otherwise, my sister’s pup ran out into the road and got hit by a car. Unfortunately the car didn’t stop and there’s no cameras either so the police can’t do anything.

My family and I are doing everything we can to warn others about the path being open to the road and unsafe for dogs and hoping to get a gate put in place to prevent this happening to other dogs (or children!).

We have contacted the Tarka Trail (yet, it still states on their website that the path is safe for dogs), contacted the council and have created a petition for gates to be put in place.

Nothing will bring my sister’s pup back but we will do all we can to prevent it happening to others.
Written September 20, 2020
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FoodieBucks72
Chesham, UK66 contributions
Lovely trip
Jul 2020 • Family
Great trail. Roads vary from perfect to ok but lovely to cycle on with exquisite scenery
Plenty of stopping places, lovely little disused train stations and a multitude of cafes and pubs for sustenance.
Lovely thing to do!
Written July 21, 2020
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JuliePapworth
London, UK306 contributions
A brilliant day out exploring and exercising
Jul 2020 • Couples
We hired bikes for the day from the Tarka Cycle Hire shop at Barnstaple next to the station (parking is just £2.30 for the day!) We cycled the southern trail and it was a beautiful route, easy to follow and so scenic and safe for every ability of cyclists. Such a wonderful way to spend a Sunday. The route follows the old railway line and the stations have been turned into welcome cafes and refreshments stops, we stopped at Puffing Billy for a cool smoothie and delicious cake, a lovely pit stop with clean toilets and safe social distancing guidelines. On the way back we stopped for a well deserved pint at The Quay at Instow, such a beautiful scenic spot and a poplar stretch of golden sand. We cycled 41.5 miles in the end and thoroughly every mile, it’s a beautiful part of the county and a great way to spend the day whether you’re a visitor or a local.
Written July 19, 2020
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Mummyk
Tiverton, UK189 contributions
Great scenery
Jan 2020 • Family
The whole family had a lovely time cycling along this beautiful trail. A little cafe at the start with toilets if needed , then flat all the way along. It was busy but everyone is lovely and ensure they give the kids room to pass. Great spot
Written January 26, 2020
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Adrian B
Shanghai, China230 contributions
Wonderful Cycle Ride
Dec 2018
The old railway line. Cutting through the heart of Tarka country. This cycle ride has everything, river views, magnificent bridges, railway tunnels, places to stop for a drink or a bite to eat. Stunning countryside.
Written November 5, 2019
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lsgoldblatt
London, UK806 contributions
Each part was beautiful
Aug 2019
We walked and cycled various parts of the trail on different days as we were staying nearby and it was always great fun. The animals made the children happy and the path was usually easy to follow.
Written September 23, 2019
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sailorgirlsuffolkUK
Saffron Walden, UK80 contributions
Hire bikes and its flat
Sep 2019 • Friends
Lovely views of the estuary. You may see otters. Pubs and cafe s on the way to Barnstable. Don't take the road bridge but go in to the town as a good cycle path with bars and restaurants. Go as far as you can. Otter cyvkes in Braunston really good. Electric bikes too but you don't really need them. Just faster and easier.
Written September 19, 2019
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