The Tarka Trail follows 21 miles of disused railway line between Braunton and Meeth.
Historic Bideford & Torrington
Bideford is a historic harbour town that was once Britain’s third largest port. It still has maritime connections with its picturesque quay and water front, but these days, it is more widely known as a thriving shopping mecca, with a historic Pannier Market.
Bideford is the perfect place for a spot of retail therapy it’s packed with small independent and quirky shops that line the streets. You’ll find all manner of interesting items, local produce and unique gifts.
Bideford is close to several theme parks and attractions offering plenty of adventure, thrills and activities suitable for the whole family. For the kids and younger families, make sure to visit Victoria Park which boasts a wonderful children’s play area and free splash pool which is popular on sunny days.
Great Torrington is an ancient settlement extraordinarily sited on a cliff top with steep drops down to the River Torridge below. This impressive situation has always been valued for its strategic importance, now it is valued for its spectacular views.
Great Torrington is a traditional market town with many award-winning shops, master butchers and bakers. The town was also the winner of the Most Welcoming Community Award. The charming Victorian Pannier Market houses a variety of shops selling wonderful local produce, unusual gifts and collectables. The town centre also boasts excellent cafes, pubs and other facilities, within a short walk from the main car park.
The people in the town today, proud of their heritage, can often be seen dressed in 17th century costume for re-enactments, festivals and celebrations or as volunteers at the popular Torrington 1646 visitor attraction.