The Tarka Trail
Fremington Quay Cafe sits on the Tarka Trail, making it the ideal stopping point for refreshments and a well deserved rest and treat!
The tarka trail itself is 180 miles long. It takes it's name from Tarka the otter in Henry Williamson's famous book Tarka the otter. With a 30 mile old railway line and now traffic free cycle route between Braunton and Meeth, The Fremington Quay Cafe and Heritage Centre sits directly on the trail between Barnstaple and Bideford.
The Tarka Trail is ideal for:
- dog walkers
Used by over 1500 women on the night of North Devon Hospice largest fundraising effort. The Nightwalk is a highly successful event and many of it's participants welcome the sight of The Fremington Quay Cafe serving a free warming cup of soup.
In the summer of 2010 James May ( BBC2 show Toy Stories) attempted to lay a model railway track and send a toy train down the length from Barnstaple to Bideford in a homage to the Heritage of The Southern Railway which originally ran through the area. He succeeded in his efforts and a model train made its way along the 8 mile stretch of the Tarka Trail. Never before had anything like this been done, let alone attempted and all in miniature size!
Home Farm Marsh
Purchased by the G.A.I.A trust, this area is managed and maintained as a wildlife reserve encouraging "wildlife corridors" for migrating birds and butterflies. The Volunteers who manage the land use only traditional methods to encourage natural wild flowers to thrive with no pesticides or herbicides.
Fremington Quay Cafe is situated inside the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, a haven for wild flowers, Bird watching and natural wildlife.
Our resident Seal
Spotting the odd seal off the North Devon Coastline is not an unusual affair. However spotting a seal lounging around in a boat most of the afternoon does seem a little more interesting.
For several months now our resident seal has been enjoying a little red boat moored on The Pill @ Fremington Quay.
Spending hours at a time the seal has not been concerned by the lines of people watching it from the bridge or even by the constant photographs being taken. As the tide turns and the river fills up he slips into the estuary for supper!