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Tarka Trail

EX39 2AZ, England
+44 7815 024677
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Fab day out

Leave your car behind, hire a bike (or take your own) and spend a leisurely few hours cycling the... read more

Reviewed 17 December 2017
nidec
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London, United Kingdom
Great day out

We cycle the tarka trail when ever we are in Croyde. We always get our bikes from Otter Cycle Hire... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2017
Heather W
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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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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Reviewed 17 December 2017

Leave your car behind, hire a bike (or take your own) and spend a leisurely few hours cycling the tarka trail. Lovely scenery, quiet routes, and over 180 miles to choose from so you can cycle a different route every time

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Reviewed 5 November 2017

We cycle the tarka trail when ever we are in Croyde. We always get our bikes from Otter Cycle Hire in Braunton. The Tarka Trail is great! love how its all tarmacked and easy to ride on. You see so much as you cycle. Stop...More

Thank Heather W
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Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

We had amazing day by bike there. The view is breathtaking the trail was very enjoyable and we would love to come back soon to do it again!

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Reviewed 17 October 2017

Tarka Trail is one of the best traffic free bike and walking trails. Evry type of scenery, lots of places to eat and drink. Plenty of bike hire shops and good access

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Reviewed 26 September 2017

On holiday in Yelland with the Tarka Trail just a short walk from our lodge. We walked (2 adults and 4 dogs) from Yelland to Instow and back. It was a lovely Saturday so busy with cyclist but all were pleasant sounding their bells when...More

Thank Sarah J
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Reviewed 15 September 2017

Our most recent walk along the Tarka Trail started and finished at the lovely Puffing Billy at Torrington where we had coffee. Being a thursday in September the trail was quite quiet with only a few walkers and cyclists passing us. First we walked northwards...More

Thank k r
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Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

The trail offers some very nice river views from two bridges along the route from Puffing Billy Cafe. I'd say a good 0.8m in one direction walk and same back to get some nice views of the area.

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Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

Myself and two friends cycled from Barnstaple to Instow and back. The trail is completely traffic free and makes for a great day out for both novice and experienced cyclists - and the views are brilliant. Would thoroughly recommend.

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Reviewed 31 August 2017

We absolutely loved our experience with Tarka Trail. We booked a ladies bike the morning of our ride and the lady on the phone was very helpful. On arrival, the Tarka Trail crew were all very welcoming and could not have done more for us....More

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Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

Bike hire from frimlington key and cycle towards Bideford. Great views and lovely countryside. Cycle down an old railway line, fairly flat and just enjoy the views. No need to be fit, it not he your 're France. Just a nice way to spend the...More

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Timothy T
5 October 2017|
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Response from John T | Reviewed this property |
Just seen the name it's Puffing Billy,
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Danny P
9 September 2017|
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Response from k r | Reviewed this property |
The Tarka Trail is 48km long, there are plenty of places to park along the way, where are you looking to join the trail?
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Jeremalula
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Response from sungod63 | Reviewed this property |
I am starting at Ilfracombe but I know what you mean about the logistics of this. We are leaving the cars in Barnstaple and getting a transfer for the 3 of us and bikes. Tarka cycle hire at Barnstaple station can do this if... More
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