Useful Website Links
- Catherine Mack's Observer article 07/09/08
"Making tracks along Tarka's green and tranquil trail"
Catherine Mack's Observer Escape article about cycling the Tarka Trail to Yarde Orchard cafe and bunkhouse.
- Celtic Solar
Cornwall based installers of our excellent solar hot water system in the bunkhouse. John Turner, director of Celtic Solar, is extremely experienced in designing and implementing affordable solar water installations.
- DEBI - Devon Environmental Business Initiatives
DEBI operates a Devon wide award scheme for businesses adopting environmentally sound and profitable business policies. (Yarde Orchard was a finalist in the Sustainable Tourism category, 2008)
- Devon Coast to Coast
Sustrans page covering route 27 of the National Cycle Network
Laura Burgess's inspirational site for green travel and places to stay and eat. Buy her new guidebook at Yarde Cafe.(If you're going to Ireland, don't miss Catherine Mack's ecoescape Ireland guide)
- Forge Brewery, Hartland
Forge Brewery has been supplying gorgeous ales to us since we got our licence last year. In summer we stock their delicious amber-coloured Hartland Blonde. Currently we offer either the wonderfully flavoured IPA or the slightly stronger, hearty brew - Handsome - at 5.1%. Do chech out their website for other Devon pubs serving Forge Ales and information about their brewery tours.
Reviews and articles about Yarde Orchard plus loads of other green places to stay and visit.
- Guardian Green Travel List 2010
Launched in February 2010, the Guardian Green Travel List identifies only 75 travel enterprises wordldwide which meet a range of green criteria. So Yarde Orchard is pretty chuffed (but not complacent!)to be in the small places to stay listing.
- Independent Hostel Guide
A great guide to a vast range of affordable independent hostels in beautiful places. Try the website or booklet copies of guide on sale at Yarde Orchard.
- Northern Devon Coast and Countryside Service
Useful links to Tarka Trail information and cycling in Devon
- south west bus timetables
This site gives access to timetables for the 118 Barnstaple-Tavistock bus service operated by Beacon Bus which passes within half a mile of Yarde. Alight at the Gribble lay-by between Merton and Torrington. (This service replaces the Devon First 86 service which now only operates between Tavistock and Plymouth)
- Tarka Trail Cycle Hire
Get the train to Barnstaple then hire a bike at the station from Tarka Trail cycle hire (and cycle to Yarde and beyond)
- The Responsible Traveller - Eco breaks in the UK
Catherine Mack\'s article on the Green Traveller website (published in the March 2010 issue of Geographical Magazine). Features Yarde Orchard and highlights a range of issues on the ecotourism agenda.
- The Tarka Line (Exeter-Barnstaple rail link)
The Tarka Line - the Exeter-Barnstaple branch line. Take the train to cycle the Tarka Trail (bring your bike on the train or hire at Barnstaple Station)
- Triodos Bank
We've recently transferred the Yarde Orchard bank account to Triodos - a truly ethical bank. Apart from investing client's money in sustainable and socially sound projects, they're really friendly on the phone, do internet banking and don't sting you with outrageous charges.
- West Country Walks
Ingeniously devised leaflets showing easily followed walking and cycling routes in both popular and lesser known parts of North West Devon (including forthcoming routes through Yarde)can be ordered online.