The 180-mile route forms a figure of eight which envelops most of the North Devon coastline and the rivers Taw and Torridge.
Britain's Oldest Borough
Barnstaple is the main town of North Devon and located just 30-40 mins drive from Lynton & Lynmouth.
It is said that Barnstaple is one of the oldest boroughs in England with references to it in the Doomsday Book, written in 1086. Here you will find the traditional high street retailers, shopping centres, cinemas, and a collection of bars and restaurants. There are some great boutique shops dotted around the town; along Butchers Row and the High Street.
The town has a colourful history that can be found in the local museum. This prominent museum was built in 1872. See collections including everything from the area’s most ancient rocks, local paintings to 20th century artworks. Here you can explore the Story of North Devon, North Devon at War and the The Tarka Gallery.
The oldest surviving part of town is the Norman mound and remnants of the original Norman castle wall. There is also the ornate Queen Anne’s Walk and the 13th century sixteen-arch Long Bridge that crosses the River Taw.
The Tarka Trail
Find out more
Barnstaple Tourist Information Centre