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Stage 06: Braunton to Instow – South West Coast Path

12.3 mi
2.5 mph
150 ft
125 ft
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
5.11 mi

Barnstaple Long Bridge

Hiking Highlight

9.67 mi
12.3 mi

Weather Forecast

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June 19, 2019


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    This completely flat stage takes you across one of the longest medieval bridges in Britain and through the bird-watcher’s paradise of Isley Marsh.

    You continue to follow the Tarka Trail on this stage of the Coast Path as it clings alongside the estuary of the River Taw. The route passes through some internationally-significant areas of marshland and mudflats that are home to many rare species of birds and other wildlife.

    Once you have crossed Barnstaple Long Bridge, a Grade I-listed monument and one of the largest medieval bridges in Britain, you follow the other side of the estuary through the RSPB-managed Isley Marsh Nature Reserve, a haven for birds such as teal, curlew, greenshank, dunlin, and spoonbills.

    This stage finishes in the small town of Instow, which has a wide range of accommodation, places to eat and drink, as well as shops and other attractions.

    • June 20, 2019