Farm Accommodation On The Tarka Trail near Barnstaple

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Excellent farm accommodation on the Tarka Trail between Barnstaple & Bideford. Direct access to Tarka Trail for cycling & bird watching

The Farm

The farm is a working farm, where sheep, a few cattle and horse livery are now the main enterprises. In the past it was a beef and cerial.

 

Half the farm is now owned by the Gaia Trust and is farmed with conservation and encouraging wildlife in mind

 

Isley Marsh R.S.P.B.

The RSPB nature reserve at Isley Marsh adjoins the farm, and the Tarka Trail, part of the coastal foot and cycle path, runs through the farm. Bicycles can be hired on the farm

 

From our Lodges there is just a short walk through the old farm buildings and straight onto the Tarka Trail

Farm accommodation

View along the Tarka Trail

The Tarka Trail

The Tarka Trail which was once a railway line and is now part of the South West Coastal foot and cycle path, runs through the farm. In one direction you can go to Barnstaple and beyond and in the other you have Instow, Bideford and further inland. 

 

Fremington Quay is a lovely place to stop with a cafe in the old railway buildings. There is a great view from the tower with information boards telling you about the wildlife.

Tower view in Quay Cafe
Tarka Trail - Barnstaple Bike Riding on the Tark Trail Sheep in the marsh
Cycling over old railway bridge Sunset at Frimngton Quay Fremington Quay

 

Birds Observed on the Marsh at Lower Yelland

 

Winter Birds:
Bittern, Cormorant, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Great Snipe, Jack Snipe, Meadow Pipit, Curlew, Mallard, Knot, Tern, Shoveler, Pochard, Teal, Pintail, Wigeon, Geese, Heron, Oyster Catcher, Dunlin, Shelduck, Egrets, Winter Rail
bird watching

Summer Birds:

Warblers
SkyLark
Kingfisher
Barn Owl
Swallow
House Martin
Swan
Coot
Moorhen

The footpath round the western edge of the marsh provides the best views over the river and the marsh. It also allows views over the more interesting areas of the marsh beds, including some small areas of carr and freshwater wetland.

To maximise the bird spectacle, Isley should be visited about one to two hours before high water, so that the observer can watch the tide pushing the feeding ducks and waders out of the deep creeks and onto the open water and roosting areas.

 

For Horse Lovers.


For the horse lovers, we provide livery at reasonable rates for anyone wishing to bring their own horse or pony. On the farm there are stabling, arena facilities, and scenic rides.

 

For others there are several pony trekking and riding schools in the area.

stabling for horses

 

Micro Brewery on the Farm

In one of the old farm buildings a micro brewery has now been set up.  This is known as Tarka Ale

In the old farm buildings there is a microbrewey Making Ale on the farm Farm Micro Brewery

 

 

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