Walk - Braunton to Instow

16.1 miles (25.9 km)

Braunton Instow

Easy - Much of the route follows old railway trackbeds, which now serve as an easy level route for walkers as well as cyclists.

The Coast Path follows part of the Tarka Trail along the estuary of the River Taw. This is part of North Devon’s Biosphere Reserve and much of the route follows old railway trackbeds, which now serve as an easy level route for walkers as well as cyclists. Cross the historic Long Bridge of Barnstaple and continue along the other side of the estuary past marshland and Nature Reserves rich with wildlife to the village of Instow, with its preserved level crossing and Grade 2 listed signal box.

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

No 2 Broadgate House B&B

A stunning 17th Century guest house close to Barnstaple town centre. We offer three boutique style king size bedrooms, all ensuite.

The Old Vicarage B&B

The Old Vicarage B&B is an early Victorian house with spacious guest accommodation, modern en-suite facilities, free parking and free Wi-Fi, located just a short stroll from the town centre.

Herton Guest House

Spacious former farmhouse, full of character, comfort and charm. Close to Coast Path,long stay parking available. A hearty breakfast to set you up for the day.

The Poplars B&B

Close to the town with its pannier market and situated in a quiet rural setting. Our Edwardian house enjoys easy access to the Tarka Trail making it an ideal stop over for walkers.

Bennings B&B

Friendly, family run B&B. Double and twin rooms, both en suite. No charge for Wi-Fi. Great location and generous breakfast for your next day's walk!

Trojen Bed & Breakfast

Relax in our B&B situated half a mile from Coast Path in a quiet cul de sac in Braunton. Private lounge/ diner and super King ensuite with views of estuary to Appledore.

Marsdens Devon Cottages

One of Devon’s leading agencies with over 450 cottages in popular locations including Croyde, Woolacombe, Braunton and Lynmouth. Book online today!

The Laurels B&B

A warm welcome will greet you from this family owned B&B in the heart of Braunton within easy reach of village facilities and the magnificent local beaches.

Silver Cottage B&B

A charming two double bedroom B&B, private sitting room, kitchenette, terrace and shower room. A warm welcome for walkers. No extra charge for single night stays or single occupancy

North Cottage

Close to the Coast Path, village centre with restaurants & pubs, beach and golf course. Double, single & twin rooms, available Wifi.

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Highlights

  • Spotting the wide array of flora and fauna along this important part of Devon coast. For more information about the surrounding area go to northdevonbiosphere.
  • Views across the estuary of the River Taw.
  • As the path follows much of the estuary edge, you have the opportunity to see many birds enjoying their natural habitat, such as curlews, oyster catchers and egret.
  • Spotting the search and rescue Sea King helicopters at RMB Chivenor.
  • Crossing the River Taw over the historic stone Long Bridge of Barnstaple.
  • Fremington Quay with an award winning café housed in a renovated railway station overlooking the estuary (see below). There is also a lookout tower, which provides visitors with binoculars and information about the local birdlife.
  • RSPB Isley Marsh Nature Reserve - Lower Yelland. Made up of saltmarsh and intertidal mudflats, it is an important retreat for feeding and resting birds, especially wintering flocks of ducks.
  • Arriving at the village of Instow which has numerous listed buildings, including a preserved level crossing and the UK’s first Grade 2 listed signal box, complete with original levers. (Open to the public on Sundays and bank holidays, enquiries Tel: 01237 429072.)

Shorter option

Stop at Barnstaple (5.4 miles, 8.7 km).

Longer option

Continue walking to Bideford (an additional 2.7 miles, 4.4 km).

Public transport

National Express coach number 502 runs from Taunton to Barnstaple and First Great Western trains run regularly from Exeter to Barnstaple. First North Devon buses 3 and 3A run very regularly between Barnstaple and Ilfracombe, stopping in Braunton. The First North Devon services 1 and 2 run every 10 or 15 minutes from Barnstaple to Instow. For details visit travelinesw or phone 0870 6082608.

Parking

Braunton (Postcode for Sat Navs: EX33 1AA), Barnstaple, Fremington Quay and Instow Sands.

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