Tarka Line Rail Ale Trail

Pub opening hours are subject to change, so please check ahead before travelling.

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.

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 (£14.00). 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.