Walk - River Taw Walk from Barnstaple Station
2.2 miles (3.5 km)
Barnstaple Station - EX31 2AU Barnstaple Station
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 tidal at this point, and many wildlife and waterbirds nest along its banks.