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Tarka Trail: Bideford to Barnstaple

Ordnance Survey Maps Explorer 139.

Arrive in Bideford on the 1&2 Barnstaple-Appledore bus. Cross the long bridge and walk up to the Tarka Trail Visitor Centre (signposted). Follow the Tarka Trail to Instow.

The geography at the side of this estuary alternates between hilly ridges and flat flood plains. The streams that join the Torridge often flood in winter. They provide good roosting / feeding areas at high tide.

There is a small area of salt marsh under the new bridge. You sometimes get Grey Herons here. A dead tree on the other side of the river is occasional used as a night roost by the Little Egrets. (The best view can be from the MS Oldenburg when it is returning from Lundy. It cruises past quite close to this tree.)

Instow is a good place to get some food before continuing on the walk. Or you can catch the 1&2 Barnstaple-Appledore bus and go somewhere else.


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  1. Cormorant
  2. Little Egret
  3. Grey Heron
  4. Mute Swan
  5. Brent Goose
  6. Shelduck
  7. Mallard
  8. Wigeon
  9. Kestrel
  10. Pheasant
  11. Moorhen
  12. Coot
  13. Oystercatcher
  14. Lapwing
  15. Redshank
  16. Curlew
  17. Black-headed Gull
  18. Common Gull
  19. Herring Gull
  20. Great Black-back
  21. Woodpigeon
  22. Collared Dove
  23. Pied Wagtail
  24. Wren
  25. Robin
  26. Blackbird
  27. Great Tit
  28. Blue Tit
  29. Magpie
  30. Jackdaw
  31. Rook
  32. Carrion Crow
  33. Starling
  34. House Sparrow
  35. Chaffinch
  36. Goldfinch
  37. Greenfinch
Possibles (?) and...
Very dubious possibles (??)
  1. Black Swan
Other animals...

Created 23/1/05
Last Modified 8/11/05