The footpath network in and around North Devon is one of the most well cared for and well sign posted networks in the country. The footpath is a just short walk from Combrew Farm, meaning that you can leave your car behind.
Just across the main road at the end of our lane is Fremington Pill - a tidal inlet which leads you down to Fremington Quay. This used to be a busy quay for the local clay and brickwork industries. The old railway line is now part of the 'Tarka Trail', which stretches 31 miles between Braunton and Meeth. This mostly flat off road track offers an easy walking or cycling route which is suitable for the whole family. The original station buildings have been transformed into a superb café where Combrew guests are always met with a warm welcome. A large old lime kiln still overlooks the quay.
We run our very own cycle hire service here at the farm which is very popular with guests looking to explore the area on two wheels. We have bikes suitable for all ages, with prices starting from only £6 per day.
The main road at the end of our lane is served by regular buses that run into the night. Head towards Westward Ho! to go through Instow, Bideford and Northam, or head in the opposite direction to go to Barnstaple, Braunton, Saunton, Croyde and Ilfracombe. Dogs are allowed on local busses for a small fee.
The Tarka Trail runs alongside the rivers Taw and Torridge, and passes through Bideford (the ‘Little White Town’), Instow, Barnstaple and Braunton, so you have the option to walk back if you wish.
Along the Tarka Trail, there are many places of interest, such as the old railway station in Bideford where you’ll find a quirky café that has been built into one of the old train carriages. In Instow, you’ll find a restored old signal box and many dog friendly pubs and cafes for refreshment. From Instow, you can look across the river to Appledore Shipyard, which often has large impressive ships moored outside.
West Country Walks have put together a comprehensive and detailed collection of scenic walks around Exmoor and the West Country. You can download your copy here.
Included in their collection is a fantastic 7-mile circular walk from Combrew Farm, which will take you through pretty country lanes and along a section of the Tarka Trail. You can download a free copy of the Combrew walk map here.
West Country Walks also run the North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival, which usually takes place at the end of April – click here to find out more. The festival is now in its 16th year and has a great choice of guided walks on offer, ranging from 4 to 10 miles. Some years they run a festival in the autumn too, so make sure that you take a look at their website before your stay.
All walks in the collection take in the beautiful West Country coast, the expansive fields of Exmoor, the Quantocks, and the North Devon countryside.