If you are a keen cyclist or cycling family why not use Smythen Farm for your holiday base. Locally to Smythen Farm we one of the best Cycle paths in England, the Tarka Trail.
The Tarka Trail is one of the UKs longest traffic free cycle paths ambling its way through the beautiful North Devon Countryside and is only a few miles from Smythen Farm Holiday cottages. The Tarka Trail is the set on the old railway lines and runs from Braunton to Barnstaple and then Barnstaple to Meeth. It is flat and mostly ash felt and is ideal for walkers or cyclists, young and old. The Tarka Trail has cafes and pubs at various points ideal for stopping and grabbing a bite to eat or a drink. If you want to take a picnic you can stop of at numerous locations taking in the wonderful views.
If you would like to hire bikes you can in Barnstaple or Fremington Key, both only 15 to 20 minutes away from your holiday cottage, both locations have bikes for children, adults, drag tailors, tandems and electric bikes. In busy periods you may need to pre book.
The Braunton to Barnstaple section is about 6 miles long and starts of by running along the side of the Chivenor Marine base and follows the Taw estuary to Barnstaple.
Once you reach Barnstaple you cross the Taw River and then turn right and follow the Taw along the Estuary to Flemington Key, where you can hire bikes or stop at the café. The next section is along the Taw Estuary with marsh lands, mud flats and beaches to Instow, a bird watchers paradise. Instow has a sandy beach, pub and Johns a great café and deli.
The istow to Bideford section takes you along the mouth of the River Torridge, past the ship yards and on to the Bideford Railway Heritage Centre which is about 3..6 Miles. The Tea on the Train Café is also located at the Bideford Heritage Centre. The next stage winds its way from Bideford to Great Torrington following the Torridge River through beautiful meadows and woodland. This stretch is about 11miles long. A great place to stop just before Great Torrington is the Puffing Billy Trading Co.
The final stage to Meeth the Tarka Trail switches to the other side of the Torridge River running through woodland and meadows for 11 miles to Meeth via Watergate, East Yarde
Once you have returned to Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages after you afternoon of cycling you can enjoy a sauna, relax in the hot tub or have a leisurely swim.
“Thanks for a lovely cottages very cosy. Easy to find way to places. Lovely and warm cosy bed. Thanks for a nice quiet place to stay and great to have access to the donkey field and woods down the lane for easy walks. Pool great and very warm. Woolacombe and Saunton Sands great for open space.
Great location to Explore North Devon.Thanks again
Tescos not far away.
Sawmills very good for food.
We had a brilliant week here at Smythen Farm, with beautiful views. The children enjoyed the swimming pool which was lovely and warm. The play area was a great hit as was the visit from Bill and family to drop off Easter Eggs. We were made to feel very welcome by Bill and Catherine and nothing was too much trouble.
Watermouth Castke was a good day out and you can return for £2.50 each. Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park was a good day out. My favourite da
“Had a fantastic stay in Seaview cottage, Catherine and Bill were both lovely and extremely helpful. The games room and the pool were used a lot by both families as the weather wasn’t too good. We all loved the donkeys and the ponies too.
The beaches at Woolacombe were beautiful and the girls went on a beach hack from Mullacott riding stables which was fantastic. The staff were really helpful and friendly and the horses were all very well behaved and suitable for
“This our 3rd – we have bought each of our children and grandchildren since 2010. Each time we have had a wonderful time, the kids love the freedom and we love the views and the quiet.
Keep up the good work Bill and Kathryn , I am sure we will be back – ypu have a great place here, the new pool and games room are great.
Thank you for a lovely week
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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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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.
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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