From Barnstaple to Bideford, the route gives you superb views across the mouth of the Taw estuary. Both the restored Fremington Quay and Instow Signal Box, built in 1873, are worth a stop. You may also like a short diversion to visit Instow’s sandy beach or the shops along the front.
South of Bideford, the path continues along the old railway bed that once carried clay from the quarries at Meeth to Bideford Quay. You pass along causeways, through cuttings and tunnels and across bridges. If you are very lucky you may catch a glimpse of an otter, or spot the turquoise flash of a kingfisher.
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.