We had some errands to run in Barnstable so we decided to combine this with a dog walk, as it was blowing a gale we decided to walk along the old railway line at Fremington, now known as the Tarka Trail. This part of the route is lovely, initially the path lined with trees and wild plants on both sides which on warmer days is teaming with birds and butterflies. A little way along the route is an old stone bridge with steps up to the top. You can follow the path across the bridge along a circular route which will eventually lead you back onto the Tarka Trail. On this occasion we stayed on our path as the dogs were enjoying their walk and Nik was finding lots of photo opportunities. Shortly after the bridge the trail opens up on both sides, to the right of you are farm fields and to the left is the flood plains which is home to many wading birds and at the moment sheep are grazing here as part of an old tradition. Ella was very interested in the sheep, a little too much really, so it’s a good job that it’s totally fenced off.
Not far along this path on the right is the public footpath that you travel when following the bridge route. Nik and I decided to go this way and circle back to the bridge, giving the dogs a nice long walk before setting off to Barnstable. It turned out that we went the wrong way and although we were following footpath signs we managed to miss the ones that lead to the bridge. This turned out to be a slightly longer walk which was another one of our fortunate mistakes as the dogs got a longer walk which finished by taking us through a field of horses, just behind the old station at Fremington quay. This made Nik’s day as he then spent ages taking pictures of horses who weren’t at all shy. Some of them got rather close and personal with him.
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