Tarka Trail


Code of conduct

Tarka Trail Code of Conduct sign post on gate in Braunton

A combination of lock-down and the lovely weather we had back in May has resulted in more and more people getting out and about and enjoying the Tarka Trail. However the increased use has meant some stretches, at peak times of the day have become quite busy and congested which has led to problems for some users.

Iron bridge at Fremington Quay on the Tarka Trail in North devon

Of the very few complaints we receive, most are related to cyclists and dogs, so here is a polite reminder of the code of conduct we expect users of the Tarka Trail to adhere to:


Cyclists are welcome to use the trail but priority is always with the pedestrian.

  • Keep Left
  • Give way – Cyclists should always give way to pedestrians, wheelchair users and prams. Pass slowly, and if necessary dismount.
  • Give warning – Warn others of your presence by ringing your bell or calling out a warning. Give them time to get clear.
  • Keep your speed down
  • Single file – If the trail is busy, cycle in single file to allow room for oncoming cyclists and pedestrians.


Dogs are welcome as long as they are under close control

  • Keep dogs under close control – To avoid disturbing wildlife (and cyclists) dogs should be kept under control, or on a lead if necessary.
  • Clean up after your dog – Dog fouling is socially unacceptable and punishable by law. Use the dog poo bins provided.

The trail is long enough for everyone to enjoy, but we must all adhere to this code of conduct to ensure a safe and pleasant experience for everyone.

You can read the full code of conduct here.


Code of conduct