The Tarka Country offers a wide range of routes to cycle, with something to suit all levels of cyclists.
There are routes that are that are completely off road, such as the Tarka Trail, which is ideal for family cycling or walking. The Tarka Trail is 32 miles of flat tarmac that stretches from Braunton 6 or 7 miles away from Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages, stretching all the way to Meeth, situated in the middle of the Tarka Countryside. The route utilises the old railway line, hence the flat terrain.
The closest point of the Tarka Trail is Braunton, and the route follows the Taw River via Chivenor to Barnstaple. You then cross the Taw and head back down the other side of the Taw estuary. Fremington Quay is the first landmark and is an ideal resting place, where you can enjoy the fare of the tea shop. Fremington Quay is also a great place to start your bike ride or walk, as it has plenty of car parking. Carry on up to Yelland and up to Instow - at Instow you can grab lunch at one of the pubs or cafes. The route then starts to go inland along the side of the river Torridge to Bideford, up to Great Torrington, then on to Petrockstowe and finally Meeth.