Tarka Line Rail Ale Trail

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Please follow government advice. This currently states: “You must stay at home apart from essential travel or you may be fined.”

Train services are being provided for key workers who need to travel to or from work. These are running to amended timetables. Please see Great Western Railway’s dedicated advice page.

Recent Rail Ale Trailers please note – All staff from the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, which administrates the Rail Ale Trails, are now working from home. During this time Trail sheets cannot be processed or t-shirts sent out, until the situation changes. If you have recently completed a Trail please hold on to your stamp sheets and periodically check this website for further updates. All valid stamp sheets will be honoured when circumstances allow.

Explore the scenic Tarka Line, stopping off at pubs along the way to enjoy locally brewed ales and excellent food. Please note the Beer Engine is no longer on the trail.

Please note: Buses replace trains on the Tarka Line from Monday 30th March to Sunday 5th April 2020 due to track renewal work. Find out more.

The trail is self-guided – read on to find out how to plan your trip. You can even win a T-shirt by getting 10 stamps on your printable stamp sheet:

 

Tarka Line Rail Ale Trail

Pubs on the Trail

Rail Ale Trail

Top Tips

Plan your day: It’s a good idea to plan roughly how long you think you’ll spend in each location, so that you can match it up with the train times. Save or print a Tarka Line timetable to take with you (handy in case mobile signal is patchy). It’s always best to phone pubs in advance to check details haven’t changed, and to let them know if you’re bringing a large group. Large parties should also fill in Great Western Railway’s group travel form.

Buying your ticket: Get an Off-Peak Day Return ticket between Exeter and Barnstaple (£11.30). This lets you hop on and off (as long as you continue in the same direction of travel). There’s no need to buy early (it’s the same price on the day). In a group? Ask for the GroupSave discount to get a third off.

Get your sheet stamped: Before you set off, print a stamp sheet for each member of your party. Get it stamped at each participating pub. With 10 stamps send off for your free T-shirt.

Take it easy: Each trail is intended to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace and not all in one day. Please drink responsibly and respect your fellow pub goers and pub staff.

Any questions? Give us a call on 01752 584777.