Walk - Park Hotel -The River Taw walk
2.1 miles (3.4 km)
Park Hotel, Barnstaple Park Hotel, Barnstaple
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.