The Tarka Trail is North Devon's dedicated cycle and walking trail and is one of the country's longest continuous traffic-free walking and cycling paths, taking you through some of our county’s most beautiful countryside.

The trail follows the path taken by Tarka the Otter in the famous novel by Henry Williamson. Passing through the beautiful landscape of North Devon, you can cycle or walk along wooded river valleys of the river Torridgeand onwards to rugged moorland, or to coastal cliffs and sandy bays. Part of the Tarka Trail is also National Cycle Network route 3 and the Coast to Coast Route that stretches from Ilfracombe to Plymouth. It is along here that Smytham Manor can be found.

The Manor has its own access point on to the Tarka Trail, and we welcome walkers and cyclists as a stop over point in your trek, or a base from where you can include the Tarka trail as part of your break. At Smytham we provide camping, camping pods ortimber lodge accommodation so we have something to fit your needs. If you want to hire bikes when you get to North Devon, cycle hire can be found along the Trail at Great Torrington and at Fremington near Barnstaple.