Tarka Trail

Code of conduct

The Tarka Trail provides a great facility that is enjoyed by walkers, cyclists, dog walkers, wheelchair users and horse riders. We recommend that users follow this simple advisory code of conduct to ensure everyone’s enjoyment and safety.
  • Give way – cyclists always give way to walkers, people in wheelchairs and prams. Pass slowly, and if necessary dismount.
  • Use your bell – Make sure you have a bell on your bike! Make others aware of your presence by ringing your bell or calling out a warning.
  • Keep your speed down – slow down and enjoy the scenery! The Trail is used by more cyclists than walkers – be aware of others.
  • Two abreast – when it’s busy keep to just two abreast to as not hinder other users.
  • Keep dogs under control – to avoid disturbing wildlife (and cyclists) dogs should be kept under control, or on a lead if necessary.
  • Clean up after your dog – speaks for itself!
  • Beware of horses – Some sections of the Trail are used by horses – always approach considerately.
  • Be considerate to other Trail users.
  • Close all gates you pass through and follow the Country Code.
  • Please don’t drop litter – take home what you bring with you, or use the rubbish and recycling bins in the towns en route.
  • Bring your refillable bottles and cups – reduce your impact on the environment.
  • Park the car and walk or ride your bike! A great way of taking in the wonderful scenery and getting some of Devon’s famous fresh air.

Guidance for horse riders

Horse riding is only permitted on the Tarka Trail between SERVIS (OS Grid ref.SS47806 19235) and MEETH (OS Grid ref. SS54680 07800)

  • The use of the Tarka Trail by horse riders does not create bridleway rights.
  • The route extends from the bridleway at Servis to Meeth Halt. Use of the Tarka Trail beyond these points is not permitted.
  • The route may only be joined or left at the public highway (or the bridleway at Servis). Other gates and access points may not be used.
  • Sorry, but the parking of horse boxes or vehicles used to bring horses to the Tarka Trail is not permitted in Tarka Trail car parks. Unfortunately space is tight.
  • Riders should give way to other users of the Tarka Trail.
  • All gates across the route should be left in a closed position.
  • Cantering or galloping is not permitted.
  • Jumps are not to be erected.
  • Riding in a group of more than 3 horses is not permitted.
  • Hunting or following a hunt is not permitted.
  • Lights shall be worn after dark.


We want you to enjoy the beautiful natural environment of the Tarka Trail, so we ask that you respect our natural assets and help us to protect them for years to come. See the Environment page for more information the  and Groups sections for ideas on how you can help