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Where to Walk and Ride in Devon

Tarka Trail

180 miles in a figure-of-eight in the northern part of Devon based on Barnstaple; a stretch of the route makes use of the Tarka Line railway; the Trail follows the route taken by Tarka the Otter in the book of that name; generally comprehensively waymarked.

Passes through numerous towns, including Barnstaple, Bideford, Torrington, Hatherleigh, Okehampton, Lynmouth and Ilfracombe.

Tarka Trail Circular Routes (3.75MB - pdf help)

A great variety of landscapes, including wooded river valleys, rugged moorland, coastal cliffs and sandy bays. Walking varies between easy and strenuous depending on the location.

Coincides with the South West Coast Path for part of its route, Two Moors Way for another part and the Dartmoor Way for a third; links with the West Devon Way, Two Castles Trail, Little Dart Ridge and Valley Walk and Dartmoor Way.

Train access via the Tarka Line from Exeter; buses serve much of the route, and run parallel to the whole section of route between Ilfracombe and Okehampton.

Symbols Key

Trail includes moorland walkingTrail includes coast and / or estuary walking
Trail includes especially notable viewpointsTrail is mostly waymarked and signposted
Trail has parallel bus and / or train routes to allow for short lengths to be walked Trail information includes dedicated accommodation list

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