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Tarka Trail (Braunton to Meeth)

Tarka Trail (Braunton to Meeth)
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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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CWR42
Swansea, UK94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We cycled the Tarka trail from Braunton to Bideford and back.
The path was great and views amazing. There were walkers and cyclists on the track but everyone was considerate and friendly. There were some lovely cafes for coffee and cake stops.
Written 1 April 2024
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Noel C
Cornwall, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Biking here is beautiful. Scenery is peaceful. Love cycling with family and friends here. More cycling trips to come!!!
Written 18 March 2024
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Brownie66
Leicester, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We completed Braunton to Bideford & back in the really hot weather last year which was great, so we returned to complete the Bideford to meeth section which was terrific, made all the better by the lovely weather.
Parked by the old station on the riverside car park which is £5 all day & access to the trail is directly opposite across the road.
The yard orchard cafe after around 11 miles is great & the final section through the woodland to Meeth is interesting.
Bideford to Meeth is on a slight incline for most of the way which we didn’t really notice too much so the return journey is much easier. (Around 36 mile round trip in total taking around 4.5 hrs with a couple of stops along the way)
One of the best trails in the UK without a doubt & we will certainly do it again.
Written 30 May 2023
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Nigel williams
Southampton, UK6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
if you have young children or dogs this is not the space for you. Its full of entitled cyclists who think you should throw yourselves in the hedgerow at the merest hint of their bell.
We suffered verbal abuse from this group of people and in the end we decided to retreat to the safety of a cafe and chill. Such a shame as the pathway is designed for all to enjoy but cyclists spoil it as they feel they have priority over us underlings. We noticed the attitude came from older men, the groups of younger cyclists were more forgiving and generally polite.
So if you value your life go elsewhere especially if you have young ones who like a little wander.
Written 8 August 2022
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Graham B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The Tarka Trail is a model cycle track - no cars, good surface, plenty of cafe stops, bike hire from several points, no severe gradients, gorgeous scenery, good length.
Make sure your bike has a bell, the trail is also popular with walkers, often with off the lead dogs.
Written 3 August 2022
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k r
Weston super Mare, UK2,729 contributions
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May 2022
In recent years I have made quite a few visits to the area and walked much of the Trail including all of the stretch from Braunton to south of Torrington Station, and some shorter stretches near Petrockstow. Sometimes I walk alone, sometimes with my partner, and they have all been brilliant days out. The towns of Braunton, Barnstaple, Fremington, Instow, Bideford, and Torrington are all spaced out so that walks of varying lengths may be enjoyed with decent facilities along the way.

As a retired railwayman I enjoy looking out for items of railway infrastructure along the way as well as enjoying the views. There are also a number of disused lime kilns and other industrial archaeology to see. My partner enjoys the views, and also the cafes and pubs along the way to stop for coffee or food. Heanton, Fremington Quay, and Instow are good in this respect.

There are museums or heritage centres at Braunton, Barnstaple, Fremington Quay, and Bideford, also restored railway items at Instow, Bideford and Torrington.

I have found the Braunton - Barnstaple - Bideford stretch to be the busiest, yes there are quite a lot of cyclists at times, but I found very few cyclists to be inconsiderate. For my part I try to keep to the side of the path where I can, and keep a look out. From Bideford to Torrington was a quieter stretch, and heading south from Torrington Station and up the hill was almost deserted, and with a very different character in amongst the trees.
Written 19 June 2022
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Lyndaloo
Esher, UK1,343 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
We loved this as much as the kids, aged 1 and 3. Cycled from Barnstaple to instow, 4 bikes and one child trailer. All flat with beautiful views. Stopped half way at fremington for a refreshment and for grandson to play on pirate ship. Really nice guy at bike shop and very helpful. Will definitely do this when down here next time.
Written 21 May 2022
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Tom I
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Proof that shared paths don’t work. The Tarka Trail is nice for cyclists, but horrible for walkers, who are regularly forced to jump out of the way of fast-moving cyclists. A thoroughly unpleasant experience.
Written 30 April 2022
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Dushy D
London, UK601 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
Beautiful scenic cycle / run / walk trail . We went at the start of the school hols , it was still very quiet ( but still felt safe ) . Off road cycle route - 10 miles walk Puffing Billy - Bideford & back . Cycle route was 16 miles approx to Instow . Highly recommend the beautiful views …
Written 8 April 2022
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Rachael Pitman
Shaftesbury, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
we started of at the puffing billy cafe and went under the bridge, and it was gorgeous.
There are so many bridges that you can walk over and under and the woodlands you walk through are beautiful.
Written 18 March 2022
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