Get out and walk, Tarka line passengers told
TARKA the Otter, a jazz band, an author and their travelling companions pulled into Barnstaple Station yesterday (Monday) to launch a free booklet promoting the wonderful walks which exist along the line to Exeter. Tarka Line Walks is a 52-page full colo
TARKA the Otter, a jazz band, an author and their travelling companions pulled into Barnstaple Station yesterday (Monday) to launch a free booklet promoting the wonderful walks which exist along the line to Exeter.Tarka Line Walks is a 52-page full colour guide to 22 walks for most ages and abilities stretching from Chapelton to Newton St Cyres.To encourage passengers to explore the landscape beyond their railway carriage, local rail users group the Tarka Rail Association has teamed up with First Great Western and author Peter Craske to present the guide to Tarka Country."The line passes through some of the finest scenery in Southern England," said Julian Crow, First Great Western general manager for the West of England."With this booklet we hope to introduce both locals and visitors to the countryside made famous in Henry Williamson's Tarka the Otter."And with the new hourly service now operating on week days - the best service the line has ever had - planning of walks is now so much easier."The free guide has been sponsored and supported by the county council, Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, Passenger Focus and other organisations.Walks vary from around three to seven miles, accompanied by easy to follow maps plus lists of shops, pubs and tearooms along the way! Many are ideal for children."You have no idea what is out there until you head away from the track," said Peter, who spent months researching the walks accompanied by his bevy of dogs."Just about everything from picturesque villages to ancient watermills and long forgotten mines to murder sites (two!)"Free copies of Tarka Line Walks are available by calling (01752) 233094, emailing email@example.com or writing to: Devon and Cornwall Rail partnership, School of Geography, University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA.