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.

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Honey Pot Cottage
Honey Pot Cottage

Honey Pot is a beautiful, compact cottage ideal for couples with a small child. Honey Pot is dog-friendly and fully equipped for a comfortable break in North Devon.

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Primrose Lane  Cottage
Primrose Lane Cottage

Primrose Lane cottage is a dog-friendly, compact cottage which has just been fully-refurbished to a high standard. Boasting a double bedroom, Primrose Lane cottage can sleep up to 3 with a put-up bed suitable for children.

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Buttercup Cottage
Buttercup Cottage

Buttercup Cottage is an ideal cottage for families, especially those with fury members as its dog-friendly. Located in the courtyard, Buttercup cottage can sleep 4

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Honeysuckle Cottage
Honeysuckle Cottage

Located in the courtyard, Honeysuckle Cottage is dog-friendly and ideal for families of up to 4.

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Sea View  Cottage
Sea View Cottage

Sea View cottage is a superb, dog-friendly holiday cottage with stunning view across the North Devon coast. Ideal for families of 5, Sea View has been fully refurbished to a high standard. The bedrooms have the amazing view across the Sterridge valley and the Bristol Channel to Wales

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Sunalways Cottage
Sunalways Cottage

Sunalways Cottage is a spacious, family-friendly cottage sleeping 5 with beautiful views of the Sterridge valley. The vaulted ceilings give a large bright spacious living area

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Fisherswood  Cottage
Fisherswood Cottage

Fisherswood Cottage is a large and spacious cottage with beautiful vaulted ceilings. Sleeping up to 5 guests, Fisherswood Cottage has recently been refurbished to a high standard throughout.

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Forest View  Cottage
Forest View Cottage

Forest View Cottage is a large, spacious cottage ideal for large families. This cottage is dog-friendly and can sleep up to 6 guests.

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Meadow Sweet Cottage
Meadow Sweet Cottage

Meadow Sweet is dog friendly and the largest cottage at Smythen Farm. Book this cottage early as its well sort-after for large families or 2 families sharing. Meadow Sweet boasts stunning views across the Sterridge Valley.

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