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.Download Local Cycling Routes Map
“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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