Discover North Devon’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – Sustainable Tourism

Tarka Trail-North Devon Biosphere (4)


During my experience in the Uk with North Devon’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve team, I have been involved with several sustainable tourism projects. I also had the chance to wander around and discover North Devon. Today I have a suggestion for you.

I am glad to introduce the Tarka Trail, the most significant pedestrian and cycleway. It runs in a 163-mile figure of eight through landscapes little changed from those described by Henry Williamson in his classic 1927 novel Tarka the Otter.

The Trail passes through the towns of Lynmouth, Barnstaple (where the Biosphere team is working), Bideford (a beautiful little town not far from Barnstaple), Torrington, Okehampton (location of an interesting annual farm fair), and Ilfracombe and parts of it coincide with the South West Coast Path, the Two Moors Way and the Dartmoor Way.

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