The Tarka Trail is a 180 mile recreational route, taking a looping path through North and Mid Devon, from the rugged atlantic coast, to the rural Devon Countryside and estuaries of the two rivers of Tarka the Otter fame - the Rivers Taw and Torridge. The trail is named after Henry Williamsons's Tarka the Otter - which was based on many locations along the trail.
View of the Tarka Trail from Torrington Cycle Hire.
The most popular section of the trail, between Torrington and Barnstaple, take the route of a disused railway line and particularly suited for both cyclists and walkers. The trail has some breathtaking scenery, through the floodplain's and salt marshes near Bideford, then the ancient woodlands and riverbanks of the Torridge near Torrington.