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

Route Filmstrip & Description

The Tarka Trail runs Ilfracombe, Barnstable, Bideford, Meeth, Okehampton, Tavistock Plymouth. Home Farm Nature Reserve and Fremington Quay are between Barnstable and Bideford. Home Farm Nature Reserve is situated on the tidal estuary of the river Taw. It offers a habitat for many birds and butterflies and the reserve has new paths, gates and hides. You park at the Fremington Quay car park. See OS map 139. Turn off the B3233 drive down a narrow (one lane) road with passing places alongside the picturesque Fremington Pill Creek There is a café with toilets car park and a cycle hire. As well as a separate public car park. You walk along the tarmac Tarka Trail (South West Coast path) for about a mile. Then turn right off the Tarka Trail through a gate into the nature reserve. There is a walk of several miles through the reserve with a number of hides. Several of the hides have specially made wheelchair access viewpoints so you can remain in the wheelchair and look out. There are bench seats in all the hides. There are a great variety of birds to see on the ponds and marshes of the reseve and estuary itself. Bring your binoculars. The walk around the nature reserve is mostly level with grass tussocks and bumpy grass fields. Some parts of the path are well worn by cows hooves. At the cycle hire you can hire a Tramper cross country mobility scooter as part of the countryside mobility scheme. If you need to use a wheelchair you would be well advised to hire a Tramper to go round the nature reserve as you travel through fields, some wet ground and flat but bumpy grassland. Both the Tramper and the TGA scooter have field tested the Nature Reserve paths and have had no problems driving round. There are some wonderful views of ponds and the estuary. You are well away from urban areas and the whole site is relaxing and peaceful. There is a big variety of birds to look at and helicopters from RAF Chivenor.

Surveyed by: Exmoor National Park Authority Volunteer, May 2013 (Spring)
Accessibility Rating: 2More Information
Distance: 6.2 km

Public Transport: No public transport.
Car Park: There is a car park beside the café and another public car park 50m further on.
Steps: There are no steps and most of the area is flat.
Barriers: The entrance to the Tarka Trail has a post to walk around, but is flat. On the nature reserve there are a number of metal gates with spring levers to open. Ideally you would need an able bodied person to open these for you. Some of the gates could not be opened from a wheelchair. All the gates are wheelchair accessible.
Toilets: There are toilets in the café.

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Public car park at Fremington Quay on the Tarka Trail.

CarPark Public car park at Fremington Quay on the Tarka Trail.

Barrier access onto Tarka Trail. Stops cyclists cycling into road traffic. You walk around and through the staggered barrier. Wheelchair accessible.

Barrier Barrier access onto Tarka Trail. Stops cyclists cycling into road traffic. You walk around and through the staggered barrier. Wheelchair accessible.

Information point beside the Fremington Quay café on the Tarka Trail

Information Information point beside the Fremington Quay café on the Tarka Trail

Views across the River Taw tidal estuary.

View Views across the River Taw tidal estuary.

The tarmac Tarka Trail. An old railway line flat and straight.

Path The tarmac Tarka Trail. An old railway line flat and straight.

Fields in the Nature reserve. This field has been specially planted with bird seed plants.

View Fields in the Nature reserve. This field has been specially planted with bird seed plants.

Seat on Tarka Trail.

Seat Seat on Tarka Trail.

Tarka trail, flat tarmac.

Path Tarka trail, flat tarmac.

Entrance to Home Farm Nature Reserve from the Tarka Trail.

Information Entrance to Home Farm Nature Reserve from the Tarka Trail.

Slope downwards from the Tarka Trail into the nature reserve. The slope is firm, wide with gravel surface.

Path Slope downwards from the Tarka Trail into the nature reserve. The slope is firm, wide with gravel surface.

Helicopter from RAF Chivenor.

Feature of Interest Helicopter from RAF Chivenor.

Information Board.

Information Information Board.

Information board on the nature reserve. No dogs permitted even on a lead.

Information Information board on the nature reserve. No dogs permitted even on a lead.

Path changes direction.

Direction Path changes direction.

Metal gate with vertical spring lever to open.

Gate Metal gate with vertical spring lever to open.

Some of the many cows on fields in the reserve.

Wildlife Some of the many cows on fields in the reserve.

Typical path around part of nature reserve.

Path Typical path around part of nature reserve.

Information board, one of several in the nature reserve

Information Information board, one of several in the nature reserve

Bird Hide.

Bird Hide Bird Hide.

Slope to Bird Hide.

Bird Hide Slope to Bird Hide.

Specially made section for wheelchairs within the bird hide.

Bird Hide Specially made section for wheelchairs within the bird hide.

One of several ponds for bird life.

Feature of Interest One of several ponds for bird life.

One of the side paths off the main track. very muddy with many tree roots and overgrown branches. Leads to bird hide.

Surface One of the side paths off the main track. very muddy with many tree roots and overgrown branches. Leads to bird hide.

Pond

Feature of Interest Pond

Gate and side gate with spring opener.

Gate Gate and side gate with spring opener.

Path gets more uneven.

Path Path gets more uneven.

Information board.

Information Information board.

Gate.

Gate Gate.

Gate.

Gate Gate.

Grass field used by cows. You need to walk across this field (or drive your scooter).

Surface Grass field used by cows. You need to walk across this field (or drive your scooter).

Muddy ground here. Very churned up by cows.

Path Muddy ground here. Very churned up by cows.

Signpost marking trail direction across field. Not very clear.

Path Signpost marking trail direction across field. Not very clear.

View of estuary and tidal mud. many flocks of birds visible in area.

View View of estuary and tidal mud. many flocks of birds visible in area.

Gate and path direction marker.

Gate Gate and path direction marker.

More cows!

Path More cows!

Another information board on the nature reserve.

Path Another information board on the nature reserve.

Very muddy and boggy path.

Path Very muddy and boggy path.

Muddy field to cross.

Path Muddy field to cross.

Gate with click lock.

Gate Gate with click lock.

Field with tall crop growing. You need to walk through this.

Path Field with tall crop growing. You need to walk through this.

signpost marker.

Path signpost marker.

Signpost marker. These signs are not always easy to see.

Path Signpost marker. These signs are not always easy to see.

One of the fields had high grass as the picture shows. A normal scooter would not cope with the terrain. A Tramper or TGA would and both types of scooters have tested the site.

Path One of the fields had high grass as the picture shows. A normal scooter would not cope with the terrain. A Tramper or TGA would and both types of scooters have tested the site.

gate

Gate gate

Cows in field. They came close to see who we were and followed us to the gate.

Wildlife Cows in field. They came close to see who we were and followed us to the gate.

Ground churned up by cow hooves. Muddy and bumpy and uneven.

Surface Ground churned up by cow hooves. Muddy and bumpy and uneven.

Wheelchair accessible gate.

Path Wheelchair accessible gate.

Wheelchair accessible gate.

Gate Wheelchair accessible gate.

Tarka Trail looking towards Fremington Quay.

Path Tarka Trail looking towards Fremington Quay.

Seating area on Tarka Trail.

Seat Seating area on Tarka Trail.

Another seating area on Tarka Trail.

Seat Another seating area on Tarka Trail.

The Tarka Trail walking back towards the café from the nature reserve.

Path The Tarka Trail walking back towards the café from the nature reserve.

Information about the Tarka Trail and South West Coast path.

Information Information about the Tarka Trail and South West Coast path.

Information on local birdlife.

Information Information on local birdlife.

OS map on signpost giving location.

Information OS map on signpost giving location.

Fremington Quay café with seating inside and out. Toilets are inside through the café.

End Fremington Quay café with seating inside and out. Toilets are inside through the café.

Home Farm Nature Reserve & Fremington Quay Phototrail

 

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