The trail follows the path of a Nineteenth Century railway line as it ambles through the beautiful Devon countryside and because it was once a railway, the route is level with only the most shallow of inclines. The tracks have been replaced by a dedicated cycleway which makes riding it almost universally easy and you don't have to be a regular cyclist to enjoy the route.
We hired bikes at the trail centre in Barnstaple from 'Tarka Trail Cycle Hire' located at the railway station. My general experience of hired bikes is that they frequently tend to be somewhat hammered but this was a real exception. The bikes at the centre are in excellent condition, well maintained and very reasonably priced to hire.
The are no cars on the trail - only other cyclists and walkers - but the path is mostly wide enough for everyone to use it with plenty of room to spare. One thing to note is that the trail is not a loop so you should plan your outward journey based on the anticipation that you will have to come back.
The trail has plenty of pubs & cafes dotted along it for those wishing to refuel en route.
Can't be missed.
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