Walk - Barnstaple - Short Estuary Walk
2.9 miles (4.6 km)
Barnstaple Station - EX31 2AU Ashford
Easy - A walk as long or as short as you want to make it, mostly on a level tarmac path along the Taw Estuary.
A walk as long or as short as you want to make it, mostly on a level tarmac path along the Taw Estuary. Look out for wildfowl and waterbirds as you walk past saltmarsh and tiny rocky beaches to the Tarka Inn. For dedicated walkers, the route continues through a once-bustling port and around marshland reclaimed from the sea, to Braunton Burrows, the UK's largest dune system with a wealth of rare plants. They are all excellent walks in autumn, when migrant waders and other waterbirds can be seen in the marshes, and flocks of noisy finches feed in the trees and bushes. Look out for a rare bird of prey, such as a hobby, hunting above the swifts and swallows gathering ready for their long journey south.