Signs point to rail tourism boost

Partnership project highlights wealth of station walks.

TWO new map boards have been unveiled to encourage people to take the train to Barnstaple and walk the Tarka Trail and South West Coast Path.

The boards, launched on Friday, show the variety of walks which can be accessed from Barnstaple railway station.

One is situated outside the Station Master’s Caf� and the second is on a key junction close to where several paths meet. A third is planned for the front of the station.

The rail tourism project is the result of collaboration between the South West Coast Path team, Devon County Council and the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership.

The Tarka Trail Cycle Hire and the Station Master’s Caf�, both based at the station, are also involved in the initiative.

In Cornwall, similar map boards have been installed at Looe and Penzance stations but Barnstaple is the first Devon station to be involved.

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Mike Day, from the Station Master’s Caf�, said “The South West Coast Path is a vital national asset and we are very happy to support it.

“Barnstaple railway station forms a key gateway into North Devon and the train offers an environmentally sustainable way of accessing the South West Coast Path from around the UK.

“Once here, people can explore the path by foot or certain sections by cycle from the cycle hire here at the station.”

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