The Tarka Trail

Over 30 miles of the Tarka Trail is available to cyclists between Braunton and Meeth (near Hatherleigh), using the disused¬†railway lines of North Devon. Passing through the largely unspoilt countryside as it was described by Henry Williamson in his classic novel ‘Tarka the Otter’ first published in 1927.

This off road cycle link (excluding the Meeth link) forms part of Devon’s Cycling Coast to Coast Route between Ilfracombe and Plymouth. The length from Barnstaple to Petrockstowe also forms part of the West Country Way Cycle Route between Bristol and Padstow.

The Braunton-Meeth section of the Tarka Trail is accessible from the North Devon Link Road (A39), also the B3233 and A386 between Bideford and Hatherleigh.  There is also a rail link from Exeter to Barnstaple (the Tarka Line).