Landscape Photo
Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

A section of the Tarka Trail and South West Coast Path that takes you along the estuary of the river Taw from Fremington Quay, east towards Barnstaple. The route follows an old railway line and is flat, tarmaced and used by walkers and cyclists as well as being accessible to wheelchairs. There is a car park, cafe and heritage centre at the start/end of the walk, but unfortunately no accessible toilets. The first section of the route passes through a sheltered and wooded cutting with abundant wildflowers in May and June before becoming more open with views of salt marshes and the hills above Barnstaple. There are some benches and shelters along the route. It may be worth bringing your binoculars if you are a keen birdwatcher! This Phototrail has been provided by the North Devon Biosphere Service from printed material funded by the North Devon AONB Sustainable Development Fund and Devon County Council. Go to www.northdevonbiosphere.org.uk for more information.

Surveyed by: Matt Edworthy, April 2012 (Spring)
Accessibility Rating: 1More Information
Distance: 2.3 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: There is a free car park at the start/end of the route.
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: Toilets are available when the cafe is open, but they are not wheelchair accessible.

Full Profile

 

Cafe

 

CarPark

There is a bollard to prevent vehicle access at this point, but the path width will not restrict wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

Start There is a bollard to prevent vehicle access at this point, but the path width will not restrict wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

 

Path

The route used to be a railway line and this is demonstrated by the stone bridge which crosses it at this point.

Feature of Interest The route used to be a railway line and this is demonstrated by the stone bridge which crosses it at this point.

 

Path

 

Path

A milestone gives distances to Barnstaple and Bideford.

Feature of Interest A milestone gives distances to Barnstaple and Bideford.

This bench is situated a short distance off the path with a gradient and across a natural surface.

Seat This bench is situated a short distance off the path with a gradient and across a natural surface.

This bench is closer to the path and on level ground, but has no back rest.

Seat This bench is closer to the path and on level ground, but has no back rest.

 

Path

 

Path

This bench overlooks the estuary and has arms and a beck rest.

Seat This bench overlooks the estuary and has arms and a beck rest.

Panoramic views across the estuary and salt marsh - look out for birds here.

View Panoramic views across the estuary and salt marsh - look out for birds here.

 

Path

There is a shelter here with benches and perches, but it is not accessible to wheelchairs.  From here retrace the route back to the start.

Shelter There is a shelter here with benches and perches, but it is not accessible to wheelchairs. From here retrace the route back to the start.

Fremington Quay Phototrail

 

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Accessibility Info Amenities Info Facilities Info Features Info Way Finding Info
Barrier
Clearance
Gate
Gradient
Obstacle
Seat
Step
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Accessible toilets
Blue Badge parking bays
CarPark
Public Transport
Toilets
Bird Hide
Boating
Cafe
Fishing
Museum & Heritage
Shelter
Viewing Platform
Visitor Centre
Water  Sports Centre
Wildlife
Feature of Interest
Information
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Direction
End
Path
Start

 

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Vertical Profile

This is an approximate vertical profile with samples taken at 100m intervals along the trail.

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