Walk - The River Taw
2.4 miles (3.8 km)
Barnstaple Station - EX31 2AU Barnstaple Station
Easy - An easy walk on level ground, along good paths and pavements for the most part, but with riverside path, steps and an old railway bridge.
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 waterbirds nest along its banks.