Tarka Line

I went hiking in England in the past week. Although most of my intercity travel was made by coach bus (for budgetary and logistical reasons), being who I am, I still had to slip a train ride in there somewhere, didn't I.

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By Geof Sheppard - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

What could be a more suitable way to end my hike than a train ride on the quaint and picturesque single track Tarka Line from Barnstaple to Exeter? In the gentle green hills of Devon, DMUs on this line traverse a scenic 40 miles along the Rivers Creedy, Yeo, and Taw.

The Tarka Line got its name from Tarka the Otter, a local animal hero from a novel by the same name. It is part of what used to be the North Devon Railway between Bideford and Exeter. Today, the line terminates in Barnstaple.

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Barnstaple Station today consists of a sole platform and track. By Geni at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

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Barnstaple as a Junction Station in yesteryear. By Ben Brooksbank, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link

Operated by the Great Western Railway, the entire journey takes a little over an hour for a modest fare of 10 Pounds Sterling and change. Many services on the Tarka Line stop at both Exeter St. Davis and Exeter Central Railway Stations.


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