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Pedal Through Paradise: Cycling Holidays in North Devon and the Tarka Trail

Nestled in the picturesque landscapes of North Devon lies a hidden gem for cycling enthusiasts and nature lovers alike – the Tarka Trail. This 180-mile cycling network weaves its way through stunning countryside, quaint villages, and historic sites, offering an unforgettable journey through some of England's most beautiful scenery. And what better way to experience this cycling paradise than by staying at the charming Yarde Orchard Bunkhouse, an independent hostel that serves as the perfect base for your two-wheeled adventures.

Discovering the Tarka Trail:

The Tarka Trail, named after the famous novel "Tarka the Otter" by Henry Williamson, takes cyclists on a captivating journey through the heart of Devon. Whether you're a seasoned rider or a leisure cyclist, there's something for everyone along this scenic route. From the rugged coastline of the North Devon Biosphere Reserve to the tranquil banks of the River Taw and Torridge, each stretch of the trail offers its own unique charm and beauty.

Exploring North Devon:

Aside from the Tarka Trail, North Devon boasts a wealth of attractions waiting to be explored. Take a break from cycling and discover the region's rich heritage by visiting historic landmarks such as Clovelly Village, with its cobbled streets and timeless charm, or the medieval town of Great Torrington, where you can browse local markets, visit the museum, and sample delicious Devonshire cream teas.

A Cycling Haven at Yarde Orchard Bunkhouse:

After a day of adventure, retreat to the welcoming embrace of Yarde Orchard Bunkhouse. Situated amidst a cider orchard and surrounded by farms and woodlands, this small hostel offers comfortable accommodation and a warm, comfortable atmosphere. Relax and unwind in the lounge area, and make use of the full self-catering facilities or use the on-site café, and swap stories with fellow cyclists. Take time to simply enjoy the tranquillity of your surroundings.

Yarde Orchard Bunkhouse caters specifically to cyclists, providing secure bike storage, washing facilities, and even bike repair kits for those unexpected mechanical issues. Fuel up for the day ahead with a hearty breakfast made from locally sourced ingredients, and don't forget to ask the knowledgeable staff for insider tips on the best routes and hidden gems to explore in the area.

Embrace the Great Outdoors:

Cycling holidays in North Devon aren't just about pedalling from one destination to the next – they're about immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the countryside and reconnecting with the great outdoors. Whether you're admiring breath taking views from atop a coastal cliff, spotting wildlife along the riverbanks, or simply soaking up the peace and quiet of the countryside, every moment spent on the Tarka Trail is a moment to be cherished.

If you're looking for the ultimate cycling adventure in North Devon, look no further than the Tarka Trail and Yarde Orchard Bunkhouse and camping. Whether you're seeking thrills on the trails or simply yearning for a peaceful escape amidst nature, this idyllic corner of England has it all. So pack your bags, hop on your bike, and get ready for the journey of a lifetime. 

The Tarka Trail is waiting to be explored – are you ready to ride?