Braunton Burrows is an active dune system known for its exceptional diversity and rare species of flowers, birds and insects and is part of the UNESCO North Devon Biosphere. The Trail also takes you near to Crow Point where you can enjoy watching swans, ducks and moorhens in the drainage channels of Braunton Great Field.
From Barnstaple towards Bideford, the route gives you superb views across the mouth of the Taw estuary and there are some interesting sculptures as you approach the former Fremington Quay. The restored signal box at Instow, built in 1873 is worth a visit and there is a café in an old buffet carriage at the former Bideford East-the-Water Station.
Southwards from Bideford, the Trail continues on the path of the old railway bed that once carried clay from the quarries at Meeth to Bideford Quay. You pass along causeways and through cuttings and tunnels. If you are lucky, you may spot the turquoise flash of a kingfisher as you cross one of the many bridges over the Torridge.
The final section from Torrington to Meeth is the least well-known but the most peaceful and tranquil part of the Trail. Ahead, there are some great views of Dartmoor through wooded and remote countryside leading to the clay workings. The last section from Petrockstowe Old Station is a real treat, winding through the edge of mixed woodland before a final incline for the last few metres which leads you up to Meeth Halt.