Park Hotel, Barnstaple
Walks from the Park Hotel, Barnstaple - produced in partnership with the South West Coast Path Association.
A walk as long as you want to make it – 2¾-11½ miles (4.25-18.5km) – mostly on a level tarmac path along the Taw Estuary. Look out for wildfowl and wading birds as you walk past saltmarsh and tiny rocky beaches to the Heaton Court Pub. For dedicated walkers, the route continues through a once-bustling port and around marshland reclaimed from the sea to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Braunton Burrows. This is the UK's largest sand dune system with a wealth of rare...Read more »
The South West Coast Path and the Tarka Trail follow the old Bideford railway line along the River Taw. At Home Farm Marsh, Fremington, the Gaia Trust has restored the wetlands lost when the farm was an intensive dairy farming unit, and traditional methods of farming have encouraged the return of many species of wildlife. A good walk for children, who will love the old limekiln that looks like a castle, as well as the remnants of the railway and the tour of the fields...Read more »
Rock Park with its formal lawns and shrubs and its riverside tree walk was given to the town in 1879 by William Frederick Rock, a shoemaker's son whose early career in banking was blighted by his habit of writing poetry during working hours. He founded a printing business instead and proceeded to make a fortune, most of which he gave to Barnstaple. The River Taw is still tidal at this point, and many water birds nest along its banks.Read more »