Wikipedia The Tarka Line, also known as the North Devon Line, is a local railway line in Devon, England, linking the city of Exeter with the town of Barnstaple via a number of local villages. Services on the Tarka Line are operated by the Great Western Railway (GWR) and continue across Exeter to terminate at St James Park. In the summer the Dartmoor Railway runs alongside the Tarka Line between Exeter and Yeoford while on summer Sundays GWR services from Exeter operate through to the Dartmoor Railway. The railway broadly follows the route of the A377 road and the River Taw.

Route: Exeter St James, Exeter Central, Exeter St Davids, Newton St Cyres, Crediton, Yeoford, Copplestone, Morchard Road, Lapford, Eggesford, King's Nympton, Portsmouth Arms, Umberleigh, Chapelton, Barnstaple

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The Tarka Rail Association is a voluntary organisation which exists to support and further the interests of users of the rail line between Exeter and Barnstaple.

With a membership of over two hundred, the Association issues a magazine three times a year, containing articles by members and by other individuals connected with organisations that have something relevant to say with regard to the line's  past, and its present and future prospects. Through the magazine, members are kept informed of all developments related to the line - timetables, stations, rolling stock, ticketing etc. Many articles relate to the political lobbying work undertaken by the Group, necessary not only in order to keep the future of the line assured, but also to promote its further improvement.


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.


Great Scenic Railways The scenic Tarka Line runs from Exeter to Barnstaple, following the gentle river valleys of the Yeo and Taw.

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

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, the beautiful North Devon coast is a simple bus ride away and the famous Tarka Trail starts at Barnstaple station (where you can hire a bike).

The line is great walking territory and 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.

Dogs are welcome on the train.


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