The 31 mile stretch between Meeth and Braunton runs along the line of an old railway, and is part of the National Cycle Network (Routes 27 Devon Coast to Coast and 3 West Country Way) and is one of the country’s longest continuous traffic-free walking and cycling paths. The route is very easy to follow and starts initially at the pretty village of Braunton. Between Barnstaple and Meeth the route is surfaced and suitable for all users including wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Along this stretch, interpretation boards, audio points and other information help you discover the heritage, culture and natural features you can see.
There are many valuable habitats alongside this section of the Tarka Trail including estuary mud flats and salt marsh, oak woodland, hazel coppice, hedges, ponds, streams, ditches, meadows and Culm grasslands.
A few miles south of Petrockstowe Halt, Devon Wildlife Trust has opened Meeth Quarry Nature Reserve to the public. This new and exciting reserve can be accessed directly from the Trail.