Tarka Line

Tarka Line

Exeter Central - Barnstaple

The scenic Tarka Line runs from Exeter to Barnstaple, following the gentle river valleys of the Yeo and Taw.

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The scenic Tarka Line runs from Exeter to Barnstaple, following the gentle river valleys of the Yeo and Taw.

The line has linked North and South Devon since 1854. It is an ideal and picturesque way to visit Barnstaple, capital of North Devon or to reach the great cathedral city of Exeter.

Stop off to explore the historic market town of Crediton and rural Eggesford, where the first state forest was planted in 1919.

Once in Barnstaple, the beautiful North Devon coast is a simple bus ride away and the famous Tarka Trail starts at Barnstaple station (where you can hire a bike).

The line is great walking territory and the book Tarka Line Walks has 60 walks from stations to explore. The line also has its own voluntary organisation, The Tarka Rail Association, to support and further the interests of rail users.

Dogs are welcome on the train.

Tarka Line by Antony Christie
Black Bridge on the Tarka Line - photo by Mark Lynam
Walk at Umberleigh
Walking the Tarka Trail
Barnstaple - photo by Stephen Ring
Church at Eggesford
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The Tarka Trail

Barnstaple station is the starting point for the Tarka Trail which offers up to 21 miles of scenic, level, traffic-free cycling.

 

Hire a bike from right next to Barnstaple station, and then cycle from Barnstaple along the estuary to Instow, Bideford, Torrington or beyond from 12 miles to 40 miles.

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The North Devon coast

The beautiful South West Coast Path is within easy reach of Barnstaple station. Information boards offer walks from the station which vary in difficulty and length, depending on how energetic you are feeling!

There are also plenty of buses to take you out to the coast. Stagecoach buses 21 and 21a, for example, link Barnstaple with Ilfracombe and Westward Ho!. Get the bus timetable.

Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe is a traditional seaside town dating mostly from the 19th century. The town centre is full of old fashioned charm, a variety of independent shops and a number of beaches accessible from the town centre, the most famous being Tunnels Beaches.

 

 

Buying Tickets

Exeter to Barnstaple

£

11.30

Off-Peak Day Return. Valid after the morning peak and anytime weekends or Bank Holidays.
If you can, please buy your ticket online on the GWR app or website. Download it to your mobile device or smart ticket where possible.

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EXMOUTH TO BARNSTAPLE

£

11.40

Adult Off-Peak Day Return

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2hr 10min

Approximate journey time

PLYMOUTH TO BARNSTAPLE

£

11.40

Adult Off-Peak Day Return

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2hr 30min

Approximate journey time

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