Tarka Trail

Tarka Trail – Braunton to Meeth

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Over 30 miles of the Tarka Trail is available to cyclists between Braunton and Meeth, using the old railways 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.

Look out for the yellow-topped posts along the Tarka Trail between Braunton and Meeth.  Each of the 21 numbered posts has an information panel with a short summary, and a QR code which can be scanned with a smartphone. 
You can download these 21 audio recordings onto your phone, PC, tablet or MP3 Player.  Each sound recording corresponds to a particular place on the Tarka Trail. Where ever you see a numbered post, you can learn about wildlife, history and heritage of the Tarka Trail by listening to the corresponding audio clip.

What's new?

Tarka Trail Guide  

A new guidebook for the Tarka Trail between Braunton and Meeth was published in May 2015.
Divided into six sections, it is packed with useful information including:

  • A detailed map for each section
  • Quality of the Trail surface
  • Access points (including widths where less than 1.2M)
  • Parking and Toilet facilities
  • Nature reserves and wildlife
  • Picnic areas and seating
  • Cycle hire
  • Cafes, pubs and restaurants
  • Distances
  • Art and installations along the route

The Tarka Trail Guide is available to buy online and at these local outlets.

Cover of Tarka Trail Guide

Contact Us

North Devon Biosphere Service.
Room 506 Civic Centre
North Walk
EX31 1EA


(01271) 388647

(01271) 388912