The Tarka Trail makes use of the disused Tarka Line railway, and follows the north Devon route taken by Tarka the Otter in the book by Henry Williamson. The route rolls on for 180 miles throughout north Devon, and it makes for some great hikes. The Tarka Line from Exeter makes access to the route easy, and many parts of it pick up some of Devon’s other walking routes such as the South West Coast Path and Dartmoor Way.
The great thing about the Tarka Trail is that it includes every type of Devon landscape, so you’re not limited to sticking to the coast, or woodland but can choose from valleys, beaches, moors...pretty much whichever area takes your fancy. The walks also vary hugely in terms of difficulty, so you can take the children or choose yourselves a challenge depending on the type of holiday you’re after.
The Tarka Trail is well signposted, and there are plenty of parallel bus and train routes so if you prefer your hikes not to be too regimented you’ll be free to hop on and off along the way. The trail includes a range of circular walks too, so this is one of the easiest for those who aren’t familiar with the area to plan and tackle. Follow the footprints of Tarka the Otter and discover north Devon’s impressive scenery, and there are 21 points along the way that tell visitors about the history and local wildlife of the trail.
North Devon Biosphere Service.
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