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The Tarka Trail is a route following the old railway line from Barnstable to Meeth approximately 30... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
ken d
Camborne, United Kingdom
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Great trail, mainly on the flat

Did a bit more of the Tarka trail. This is an amazing resourse. It's well maintained and there are... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Karl N
Braunton, 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...more
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Tarka Trail is a route following the old railway line from Barnstable to Meeth approximately 30 miles each direction taking in some wonderful views. towards Meeth it is under woods and a slight gradient it's a bit bumpy in places otherwise it's a good...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Did a bit more of the Tarka trail. This is an amazing resourse. It's well maintained and there are lots of cafes and pubs to stop at along the way.

Thank Karl N
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

We cycled the main section of this in both directions (from Braunton to Smytham Manor, south of Torrington) over a couple of days with a group of friends and had a great time. The surface is excellent (nearly all tarmac apart from the southern end),...More

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Reviewed 28 August 2018

I was up on the excellent Tarka Trail on Sunday 19th August - what a great day out! Hired a bike from Torrington Cycle Hire who are always exceptionally helpful folk and then rode up to Bideford to experience the amazing Railway Station to see...More

Thank Adam C
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Hired bikes from Fremington Quay and cycled to Braunton, lovely scenery. Places to stop and eat along the way.

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Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

We would have liked to walk a section of the Tarka trail from Croyd, but were confronted immediately with a ‘kissing gate’. Our son has cerebral palsey and uses a (heavy) chair. The walk was totally inaccessible to him as he couldn’t pass through the...More

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TarkaTrail, Manager at Tarka Trail (Braunton to Meeth), responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2018

Hi William, we are very sorry that your visit to the Croyde section was spoiled by accessibility problems. This Trip Advisor page covers only the 'shared use' part of the Tarka Trail between Braunton and Meeth, and we have no knowledge of gates outside this...More

Reviewed 23 August 2018

We did two different routes to build up our children’s stamina (10 and 14 years old). Braunton to Barnstaple (10 miles) was mainly flat and we stopped at the Braunton Inn on the way back for drinks and crisps which were quite expensive. Then on...More

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Reviewed 23 August 2018

Built on an old railway, the Tarka Trail took us from Braunton to Instow. It was level and tarmaced, it was also very busy with cyclists and walkers. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 20 August 2018

We cycled on the trail from Bideford to Puffing Billy and back. There are picturesque views of the countryside and river and we were lucky enough to spot a heron as well. It's completely flat so ideal for novices and child friendly.

Thank ellebtn
Reviewed 20 August 2018

We cycled, 90% of the Tarka trail, last month, & absolutely loved it. We’re elderly cyclists, so are inclined to prefer a good surface, & generally, it’s good. Except near to the Meeth end, where it gets quite rough, so we didn’t make it to...More

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8 May 2018|
Response from TarkaTrail | Property representative |
Hi there, 'traffic' on The Trail increases in holiday season, however planning your route to take in this section mid-week would see it a little quieter. It never becomes gridlocked, but it is unlikely you could keep up a... More
26 March 2018|
Response from TarkaTrail | Property representative |
Hi there. This page covers only the shared-use section of The Tarka Trail from Braunton to Meeth, which measures 48km - easily covered in a single day. The entire Tarka Trail measures about 260km, however this include... More