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Feel better about eating all the pies by getting out on your bike

Mar 25 2013

As part of the ‘Win a Great British holiday for 10’ competition in conjunction with Sawday’s Canopy & Stars, Sustrans are also giving away a ‘Cycle City South West Map Pack’.

The pack includes details of the Tarka Trail, which is right on the doorstep of The Vintage Vardos, so the lucky winners can explore the local area by bike.

Here are some of our top facts about the trail:

Yes it is named after the famous otter. The trail follows the same route as the plucky otter, Tarka, takes in the novel by Henry Williamson.

Pie-o-fuel. It takes the average person around three hours to complete to the whole route, a journey that can be fuelled by 2.7 Pie Minister pies.

Set me free. The 30 mile route is completely free to use and completely free from traffic.

Working art. There are 30 functional artworks along the route, including shelters and benches based on the wildlife and landscape that can be found along the trail.

Hear ye! There’s a free audio guide to the route that can be downloaded to your phone or mp3 player and listened to along the way.

Railway revival. The route was formerly a railway line linking the towns of Braunton and Meeth and in 2011, BBC presenter James May, along with 400 volunteers, built a model railway on the 10 mile section between Barnstaple and Bideford.

Sustrans is a leading UK charity that’s enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. Find out more.

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