Everyone loves a train journey, and a ride on the stretch that connects Exeter and Barnstaple is extra special. Hop aboard The Tarka Line to take in some of Devon’s most unspoilt scenery…this picturesque line runs for 39 blissful between Barnstaple and Exeter.
You’ll chug your way past peaceful countryside, the distinctive red rock that’s made the county famous and thatched villages, and if you keep your eyes peeled you may even spot some of the local wildlife. Now, the line may be part of the Tarka Trail – named in honour of the adventures of Tarka the Otter – but it’s unlikely you’ll catch sight of one as they’re actually nocturnal. That said, you may well see herons in the river shallows, deer in the forests or even the odd buzzard high above.
The Tarka Line started life in 1851 and was lengthened by the North Devon Railway in 1854, and a journey is an experience as much as it is a day out during a stay in the county. If you fancy stretching your legs during the day with a walk, pick up one of the Tarka Line Walks booklets and choose from 44 walks.