Tarka Trail

The Tarka Trail is a delightful pedestrian and cycle way which runs through the stunning North Devon countryside. The entire Trail is a 163 mile figure-of-eight travelling through landscapes little changed from those described by Henry Williamson in his classic 1927 novel Tarka the Otter. It is an invigorating and sustainable way to explore some of our stunning coastline, through deeply incised river valleys with ancient tangled woodland to the productive farmland and moorland higher up the catchments. Some sections of the Trail are also part of the South West Coast Path, the Two Moors Way and the Dartmoor Way.

It is part of the National Cycle Network (routes 27, Devon Coast to Coast and 3, West Country Way) and the shared-use section between Braunton and Meeth is totally traffic free. Along this stretch, many interpretation boards and other information will help you discover the wildlife, heritage, culture and natural features along the route. To the south of Petrockstowe Halt, Devon Wildlife Trust have now opened Meeth Quarry Nature Reserve. This exciting nature reserve can be accessed directly from the Tarka Trail. As the site continues to develop we think it will become a ‘must see’ destination.

A new 34-page comprehensiveTarka Trail Guide is due to be published in April 2015. www.tarkatrailguide.co.uk


Tarka Trail: Circular Routes has been produced to encourage walkers to venture further on to the Tarka Trail in North Devon. This booklet promotes 11 circular walks along easy to followway-marked loops that take people off the beaten track into wildlife rich landscapes and remote villages and hamlets.

For further information please contact the North Devon Biosphere 01271388647biospheremailbox@devon.gov.uk


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