Tarka Trail


Fremington to Bideford

  • Author: northdd
  • Created: 26th March 2018
  • Updated: 31st July 2018
Route type: Trail Sections
Difficulty grade: easy

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 10 km
  • Time 2 h 32 min
  • Speed 4 km/h
  • Min altitude 1 m
  • Peak 17 m
  • Climb 72 m
  • Descent 64 m
A gentle, family friendly, scenic cycle ride with places to visit

The Fremington to Bideford route is a section of the Tarka Trail where you would cycle there and back along the same section. The whole journey will be on an off-raod, tarmacked surface, so the going is easy, but at 20km (approx 12miles), it may be tiring for younger children.

Set off from Fremington heading towards Instow by crossing the iron railway bridge. The trail follows the River Taw until you reach Instow where the estuary opens out and the River Taw meets the River Torridge. Before you reach Instow, you will reach a crossing point where military hovercrafts from a near by base sometimes cross the Tarka Trail to reach the river. The gates will be shut if they are crossing!

Instow is a beautiful village, which is well worth a stop. It's featured more on this site.

After Instow, the trail turns south and follows the River Torridge. You will then pass under the Torridge Bridge linking Bideford to Barnstaple along the A39 (Atlantic Highway).

The Tarka Trail will take you into East-the-Water which as the name suggests sits on the east side of the River Torridge. East-the-Water is mostly residential, but there are a handful of pubs and hotels located here. To reach Bideford itself you have to cross the old bridge into Bideford town centre.

Bideford is a busy market town and well worth a visit, but perhaps not with bikes in tow. There are cafes, arts and crafts shops, vintage and antique shops and plenty of cafes, restaurants and pubs for refreshment. At the north end of the town is a Bicclescombe Park, which is a Victorian park with an excellent children's play area, sports facilities, skate-park, outdoor paddling pool and cafe. Opposite the park is a permanently moored boat that has been converted into a cafe.


Altitude: 7 m
Address: Fremington, Barnstaple EX31 2NH

The route begins at Fremington Quay where there is free car parking and a cafe.


Altitude: 26 m
Address: Grange Rd, Bideford EX39

The route ends at Bideford.