Tarka Line

Eggesford is a hidden gem halfway along the Tarka Line in beautiful mid-Devon.

How to visit by train

Just a stone’s throw from the station enjoy a great cooked breakfast at Eggesford Crossing Cafe, a woodland walk and farm shop to explore.

Trains at Eggesford station

Trains run to and from Eggesford hourly on the scenic Tarka Line.

Smoked Salmon breakfast at Eggesford Crossing Cafe

Enjoy great food at Eggesford Crossing Cafe (see website for opening days/times), next to the station.

Local produce at Plant Shed and Farm Shop, Eggesford

Treat yourself to some top local produce at the Plant Shed and Farm Shop.

Walker at Flashdown Woods, Eggesford

Take a walk from the station to Flashdown Woods – directions and map.

Eggesford Crossing Cafe

Tucked away next to the station, this charming cafe serves great breakfasts, lunches and an evening menu. The food is all locally sourced and cooked to order in front of you. See the cafe’s website for opening days/times.

Eggesford Crossing Cafe - inside and out

Walks from the station

There are some great local walks, including a 2.5 mile stroll from the station to Flashdown Woods (get free directions and map).

The woods have a special claim to fame as the home of the first ever trees planted by the Forestry Commission back in 1919. Read the story of the bet between the founders of the Commission to be the first to dash home from the inaugural meeting to plant the first trees.

Person crossing bridge over river near Eggesford stationGate and avenue of trees in Flashdown Woods

Plant Shed and Farm Shop

Treat yourself to some great local produce at the Plant Shed and Farm Shop, next to the station. To find it, exit the station on to the main road and then enter the station yard. The Plant Shed is just after Eggesford Crossing Cafe.

Plant Shed and Farm Shop, Eggesford

Fox and Hounds Hotel

Located a short walk from the station, The Fox and Hounds Hotel is a hidden gem offering everything from cream teas to country pursuits. You can even stay in their luxury treehouse. The short walk to the hotel from the station is along a busy road so please do take care.

Luxury treehouse at Fox and Hounds Hotel

Coming by train

Eggesford is on the Tarka Line between Exeter and Barnstaple.

40 minutes from Exeter St David’s
25 minutes from Barnstaple

Buying Tickets to Eggesford

Exeter to Eggesford



Off-Peak Day Return. Valid after the morning peak, and anytime weekends or Bank Holidays.

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Adult Off-Peak Day Return

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Approximate journey time




Adult Off-Peak Day Return

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1hr 30min

Approximate journey time


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