The Tarka Trail: A Journey Through North Devon’s Natural Beauty

Nestled in the heart of North Devon, the Tarka Trail offers an enchanting escape into nature. As Braddicks Holidays, located in the picturesque Westward Ho!, we’re thrilled to introduce you to this remarkable trail, a haven for cyclists and walkers alike. Spanning over 180 miles, the Tarka Trail weaves through the lush landscapes and rich history of this beautiful region, making it a must-visit for anyone seeking a blend of adventure and serenity.

What is the Tarka Trail?

The Tarka Trail, named after Henry Williamson’s famous novel ‘Tarka the Otter’, is a route that traverses a variety of landscapes from rugged coastlines to serene river valleys. As a part of the National Cycle Network, it offers a unique way to explore North Devon’s diverse environments. The trail’s predominantly flat terrain makes it accessible for all ages and fitness levels, perfect for a family outing or a solo retreat into nature.

Why Explore the Tarka Trail?

A. Breathtaking Scenery

The Tarka Trail is a window to some of the most stunning vistas in North Devon. From the dramatic cliffs along the coast to the tranquil waters of the River Taw and Torridge, every turn presents a new, picturesque view.

B. Wildlife Encounters

Nature enthusiasts will be delighted by the abundance of wildlife along the trail. Keep an eye out for otters, kingfishers, and a variety of birdlife. The changing seasons bring different creatures to the forefront, making every visit unique.

C. Historical Landmarks

History buffs will appreciate the rich heritage that dots the trail. From ancient bridges to historic towns like Bideford and Barnstaple, each step is a journey through time.

Planning Your Tarka Trail Adventure

A. When to Visit

The Tarka Trail is accessible year-round, but spring and autumn offer the most pleasant weather for exploring. Summer brings vibrant greenery and bustling wildlife, while autumn’s palette of warm colors provides a stunning backdrop for your journey.

B. Where to Start

As a guest at Braddicks Holiday Park, you’re perfectly positioned to embark on your Tarka Trail adventure. Our location in Westward Ho! offers easy access to various entry points along the trail.

C. What to Bring

Pack light but don’t forget the essentials: comfortable walking shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, water, and a camera to capture the breathtaking views. For cyclists, bike rentals are available at various points along the trail.

Maximizing Your Tarka Trail Experience

A. For the Cyclists

The Tarka Trail’s flat, paved paths are ideal for cycling. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a casual rider, the trail offers a safe and scenic route. Take breaks at the charming cafes and picnic spots dotted along the way.

B. For the Walkers

Walking the Tarka Trail is a meditative experience. The varying landscapes provide an ever-changing backdrop for your walk. Enjoy the tranquility of the wooded areas and the exhilarating views from the coastal paths.

C. For Families

The Tarka Trail is a family-friendly destination. Its safe, well-maintained paths are perfect for family walks or bike rides. Along the way, interactive displays and play areas keep the younger adventurers engaged.

Braddicks Holiday Park

The Tarka Trail is more than just a path through North Devon; it’s a journey through breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and peaceful nature. At Braddicks Holidays, we invite you to experience this jewel of North Devon, promising an adventure that will leave you with lasting memories.

Ready to explore the Tarka Trail? Visit Braddicks Holidays to book your stay and start your adventure in Westward Ho!, the perfect base for your Tarka Trail exploration.