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Tarka Trails - #4 Bideford to Croyde Bay

21 May 2021
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Further exploration of North Devon Beaches accessible by bike from Five Sunnyside and the Tarka Trail.

The ride starts with a leisurely riverside ride along the Tarka Trail to Braunton where we join NCN 27 for the short sharp climb peaking at 136 metres with the "No Man's Land" trig pillar coming into view after the right turn at Bucklands Cross.

From here we enjoy a 5km descent all the way to Croyde Bay with the option of continuing a little further on the trail towards Baggy Point for a great view across the bay.  

There's easy access down to the beach and an opportunity to enjoy a pasty or an ice cream, or both, from Croyde Beach Cafe.

The return leg begins with a steady climb out of Croyde which continues for the next 5km before reaching the charming village of Georgeham and the 17th Century Rock Inn.  Leaving Georgham we turn right at Bye Cross to join NCN27.  If you favour a bit of rough stuff the route includes the short off-road section of NCN27 at Nethercott which passes the iron age hill fort Knowle Hill Castle.

Reaching Braunton we rejoin the Tarka Trail to enjoy the flat meander along the river back to Bideford.