Beautiful North Devon is easy to reach on the scenic Tarka Line from Exeter to Barnstaple.
Trains run regularly seven days a week with connections at Exeter available from London, Bristol, Birmingham and many other towns and cities.
Barnstaple is a great base for exploring North Devon. Take an easy stroll or bike ride on the Tarka Trail right from the station or head for the coast. Many buses leave from the station. Find out more:
Treat yourself to some of Devon’s finest produce at riverside cafes, cosy pubs and award-winning restaurants. And don’t miss the local food events at Barnstaple’s Pannier Market. Find out more:
THE TARKA LINE
Make your journey part of the adventure by arriving on the scenic Tarka Line from Exeter.
Trains depart hourly from Exeter St Davids and Exeter Central (Monday-Saturday, less frequent on Sundays). The Off-Peak Day Return fare to Barnstaple is £11.30. You can hop off at stations along the route as long as you continue travelling in the same direction (i.e. towards Barnstaple on your outward journey and towards Exeter on your return). Great country pubs and walks await.
THE TARKA TRAIL
Photo courtesy of Devon County Council
Walk or cycle this beautiful traffic-free route, a former railway, alongside the estuary of the rivers Taw and Torridge. Hire bikes at Barnstaple railway station from Tarka Bikes between late March and November. Booking is advised, especially in summer.
Along the trail
Along the trail
2.5 miles from Barnstaple station
Stop off at the Fremington Quay Cafe for fantastic food and great views over the River Taw. Homemade fare is complemented by the best produce from local bakers, butchers and growers. The cafe itself is housed in a recreation of the old station building which served the quay and has been sympathetically renovated.
6 miles from Barnstaple station
Watch the boats and wading birds, try crabbing from the quay or wander the sandy estuary beach. There are some great places to eat, drink and buy local produce. Then sit back and enjoy the views across the water to Appledore. More
20 min on bus 21 from Barnstaple railway station
9 miles from Barnstaple station
30 min on bus 21 (and other buses) from Barnstaple railway station
PLAN YOUR TRIP
Where to eat