Cycling in North Devon

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Cycling in North Devon

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.

For other local Cycle routes please revert to the map below:


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Lovely stay at Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages hosted by Bill and his farm animals. The kids loved it - especially the upside down cottage. Thanks for a lovely stay in beautiful North Devon.
Fiona Harrison on 2014-06-24 23:42:53
We stayed here for the May half term, in Honeysuckle cottage. There was plenty of space for two adults and two kids, the kitchen was well equipped and there was even a washing machine (very useful when you have two little boys!). The cottage faced the courtyard (the swimming pool). Some of the cottages face onto the field, so have an amazing view. The farm is lovely, there are animals to feed, a small heated and covered swimming pool, playground and play room. Kids
Veronika Tarasova-Newlands on 2014-06-10 18:04:04
Many thanks to all at Smythen Farm – we stayed in Fisherswood Cottage for a 4 night stay on 16th March. We found the cottage really well laid out and very comfortable. The location for visiting North Devon is as good as you could get. A great break.
Rob Cook on 2014-03-26 23:57:52
My wife and I have just returned from a week`s holiday in Honey Pot cottage at Smythen Farm and enjoyed every minuet of our stay. Despite it being the middle of march and the wind blowing full force outside the cottage was lovely and warm. It was well appointed clean and had all we needed to make our stay perfect. Despite dropping in on spec on a Sunday afternoon we were greeted with a friendly welcome from our host and nothing seemed to be too much trouble.In the h
Craig Johnson on 2014-03-25 23:37:53