The Glorious Tarka Trail
What a wonderful asset we have close by and only a few hundred yards from our door - the disused train line re-invented as a walking and cycling path for all to enjoy. It forms part of the longest coastal walk in England, The South West Coast Path, enjoyed by numerous walkers and also part of the Devon Coast to Coast Cycle Route.
Hugging the estuary you get wonderful views of the wading birds at low tide and gig rowers putting out of Barnstaple at high tide. There are a variety of places to stop for refreshment too, The Braunton Inn for pub fare and wonderful views from the garden, The Waterside coffee-stop and Italian kitchen for smaller bites and the Riverfront Café on the Strand as you enter Barnstaple. That's only in the first 5 miles and plenty more as you progress Southwards.
With cycle hire in Braunton (Otter Cycle Hire) and Barnstaple (Tarka Trail Cycle Hire at Barnstaple Railway Station) you don't even need to own bikes yourself to enjoy the route.
As an enthusiastic 'birder', I'm always delighted to see a wide variety of birds such as kingfishers and bullfinches as well as estuary species, such as curlews and oyster-catchers, with their distinctive calls. Great experiences to be shared by walkers and cyclists alike.