Tarka Trail

The Tarka Trail

Code of conduct

The Tarka Trail provides a great facility that is enjoyed by walkers, cyclists, dog walkers, wheelchair users and horse riders. To ensure all user’s safety and enjoyment, please follow the code of conduct.


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.

General guidance for all users

  • Keep left
  • Beware of horses – Some sections of the Trail are used by horses – always approach considerately.
  • Do not litter – take home what you bring with you, or use the rubbish and recycling bins in the towns en route.
  • Be considerate to other Trail users.
  • Close all gates you pass through and follow the Country Code.
  • Bring your refillable bottles and cups – reduce your impact on the environment.

Guidance for horse riders

Horse riding is only permitted on the Tarka Trail between SERVIS (OS Grid ref.SS47806 19235) and MEETH (OS Grid ref. SS54680 07800)

  • The use of the Tarka Trail by horse riders does not create bridleway rights.
  • The route extends from the bridleway at Servis to Meeth Halt. Use of the Tarka Trail beyond these points is not permitted.
  • The route may only be joined or left at the public highway (or the bridleway at Servis). Other gates and access points may not be used.
  • Sorry, but the parking of horse boxes or vehicles used to bring horses to the Tarka Trail is not permitted in Tarka Trail car parks. Unfortunately space is tight.
  • Riders should give way to other users of the Tarka Trail.
  • All gates across the route should be left in a closed position.
  • Cantering or galloping is not permitted.
  • Jumps are not to be erected.
  • Riding in a group of more than 3 horses is not permitted.
  • Hunting or following a hunt is not permitted.
  • Lights shall be worn after dark.


We want you to enjoy the beautiful natural environment of the Tarka Trail, so we ask that you respect our natural assets and help us to protect them for years to come. See the Environment page for more information the  and Groups sections for ideas on how you can help