|The Tarka Line is one of Devons most scenic rail routes. Opened in 1854, the branch line runs for 39 miles between the Cathedral city of Exeter and the North Devon market town of Barnstaple.
Running through the rural heart of mid and North Devon, the route follows the river valleys of the rivers Yeo and Taw. It takes its name from Henry Williamson’s classic novel ‘Tarka the Otter’ which is based on actual locations in Devon.
Joining the city of Exeter with the commercial centre of North Devon at Barnstaple, this line runs through many rural towns and villages.
North Devon Rail Users Group
Anyone who enjoys travelling on the scenic “Tarka Line” from Barnstaple to Exeter, may like to join this group. With over 200 members from Devon and around the world, it publishes quarterly newsletters and hold regular meetings.