Wikipedia Portsmouth Arms railway station is a small wayside station on the Tarka Line 28 miles (45 km) north of Exeter St. David's station and served by trains running between Exeter and Barnstaple. It serves a number of rural villages, and was named after a pub - the "Portsmouth Arms" - adjacent to the station, itself named for the Earl of Portsmouth. It is located within a mile of Northcote Manor, a historical English manor house, built in 1716, now a hotel. 

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Portsmouth Arms Railway Station adjacent A377, Portsmouth Arms EX37 9NB

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Great Scenic Railways The Tarka Line is an ideal and picturesque way to visit Barnstaple, capital of North Devon or to reach the great cathedral city of Exeter. The line has linked North and South Devon since 1854.

Stop off to explore the historic market town of Crediton and rural Eggesford, where the first state forest was planted in 1919.

Once in Barnstaple, join the famous Tarka Trail right from the station, where you can hire a bike. Or visit the beautiful North Devon coast by onward bus 21 from outside the station.

The line is great walking territory. The book Tarka Line Walks has 60 walks from stations to explore. The line also has its own voluntary organisation, The Tarka Rail Association, to support and further the interests of rail users. 


Devon And Cornwall Rail Partnership The Tarka Line’s fortunes have been transformed in recent decades. Where once there was concern for its very survival, the line now has its best ever service and unprecedented numbers of passengers, thanks to a lot of work by a lot of people over many years.

In the 1980s, the opening of Tiverton Parkway station and the North Devon Link Road led to a real concern that the line between Exeter and Barnstaple would lose many of its passengers and could even be closed.

In response, the Exeter-Barnstaple Line Working Party was formed by British Rail and Devon County Council, and in 1989 the line was re-launched as The Tarka Line, after the otter in Henry Williamson’s book. Ever since, there has been a focus on promoting use of the line, working for improvements to services and facilities, boosting the local economy of the places served and working to link the community and railway as best possible.

The early partnership swiftly expanded to cover all of Devon and Cornwall’s branch lines and became the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership. The Working Party evolved into the Tarka Line Forum (see below). Working together, these partners have secured the line’s best ever service, attractive fares and a tripling of the number of passengers using the line – up from 200,000 in 2001 to 657,500 in 2016. 


Travel Devon - Train There are regular local train services linking many parts of Devon, with some superb scenic journeys.

The Riviera Line links Exeter, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot and Torbay, with excellent views of the Exe and Teign Estuaries and out to sea. Visit the Riviera Line website to find out more about times and prices, great discounts and how to buy your ticket.

The Tarka Line runs from Barnstaple to Exeter, while the Avocet Line links Exmouth and Exeter and the Tamar Valley Line runs from Plymouth to Bere Alston and Gunnislake.

For ideas for days out on the scenic railways of Devon visit 

View all Railway Stations in Devon on our Devon Rail Network Map 


Network Rail Our Western route stretches from London Paddington to Penzance, through Bristol and up to the boundaries with Wales, the Cotswolds and Hampshire
We operate, maintain and are renewing more than 2,000 miles of railway, including the historic Great Western Main Line, conceived by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. There are 198 stations on the route, and we manage London Paddington, Reading and Bristol Temple Meads stations.

Following a 10 year, multi-billion-pound upgrade programme, we now operate electric services between the west of England and London for the first time. Working with partners, we have exciting plans to continue modernising the railway for the benefit of passengers and freight in every area we represent. 

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