Retrace the footsteps of Tarka the Otter and follow the Tarka Trail. A wonderful 180 mile varied route which takes you across unspoilt countryside, beautiful beaches and rugged sea cliffs of North Devon. The southern loop incorporates a magnificent 30 mile long off-road cycle path.
The Tarka Trail is a 180-mile figure of eight routes in North Devon. The central crossing point is at the historic river-port town of Barnstaple. Based on the route travelled by Tarka the Otter in the novel by Henry Williamson, it takes you across the unspoiled countryside, dramatic sea cliffs, and beautiful beaches.
The first section of the Tarka Trail, the disused railway line between Barnstaple and Bideford was established in 1987. Later sections of the Two Moors Way and the South West Coast path were added and the complete figure of eight was officially opened in 1992 by Prince Charles.
Suitable for walkers, cyclists, families, and buggies, the southern loop incorporates a magnificent 30 mile long off-road cycle path. The longest, continuous off-road cycle path in the UK.
With a selection of independent hostels and bunkhouses along the trail, you will have a choice of great-value accommodation. As well as being flexible, many offer single-night stays, independent hostels are geared up for outdoor people. So muddy boots, wet coats, and bikes are all catered for.
Much more detailed information on the Tarka Trail can be found on its official website. There is also a very informative guidebook on the off-road cycle path on the southern route. More details can be found here.