Welcome to Wild Camping


TARKA TRAIL CAMPING is pleased to welcome visitors from the 4th July. Guidelines are in place to ensure a happy and safe stay. Please be respectful to the local community and follow social distancing and hand sanitising recommendations. Enjoy your stay in our beautiful area, and we look forward to seeing you soon.


Unwind, relax and enjoy some fresh Devon air, coastal views and wildlife. Wake up to the charming sounds of the birds as they sing their morning chorus and take time to go back to basics and escape from the chaos of everyday life.

Tarka Trail Camping is a quiet, family owned and run campsite beside the beautiful Tarka Trail next to the River Taw Estuary. Our large, level, grassed camping field is open from Easter until September with water and toilets available onsite, but no electrical hookups. Well behaved dogs are welcome to share happy holidays with you and must be kept on a lead at all times. Sorry, no campervans.

The adjacent Tarka Trail is perfect for walking and cycling with miles of stunning country and estuary views. And if all that walking has brought on a thirst, visit Lawrence and relax with a drink at the Yelland Manor Micro Brewery next door.


Easy to access, Tarka Trail Camping is perfect for exploring the stunning coast and countryside of North Devon. We are 5 miles from the historic town of Bideford and 5 miles from the ancient market town of Barnstaple, with Instow, Westleigh and Fremington within walking distance in between.

Tarka Trail

Inspired by the route travelled by Tarka the Otter in the famous novel by Henry Williamson, the Tarka Trail between Braunton and Meeth is a section of flat, tarmacked, unused railway which provides 30 miles of traffic free cycling – the longest stretch in the UK. For more information, maps and routes visit: tarkatrail.org.uk


The small coastal village of Instow offers a golden beach for sandcastle building and provides an array of great bars and restaurants, with views across the River Taw to the picturesque village of Appledore. Indeed why not hop aboard the local Instow/Appledore Ferry which runs daily? Check the time table here: appledoreinstowferry.com

Fremington Quay

Once a thriving port for exporting clay to Europe for production of fine quality porcelain and china, today, a restored Fremington Quay & Heritage centre stands on the historic site. Incorporating a café, bike hire centre and extensive picnic and play area, stop for a coffee or bite to eat and enjoy views across the estuary and beyond.

RSPB Isley Marsh

Perfect for enthusiastic bird watchers, this area of saltmarsh and intertidal mudflats on the Taw & Torridge estuary has become an important haven for ducks (such as teal) and waders including curlew, greenshank and dunlin. For more information visit rspb.org.uk

Westward Ho!

Seaside village Westward Ho! boasts a beautiful Blue Flag beach and is lifeguarded by the RNLI at both ends. Situated at the south end of Northam Burrows and facing in towards Bideford Bay, the views out to Saunton Sands, Braunton and the Atlantic Ocean beyond are breathtaking. There is plenty to entertain the family with Amusement Arcades, Go Karts and The Royal North Devon Golf Club.


Britain’s third largest port in the 16th Century, Bideford is now a picturesque maritime shopping centre also known as ‘The Little White Town’. Visit the historic pannier market, antique shops, boutiques and cafes and pop in to the Burton Art Gallery and adjacent Victoria Park. From the Quay, catch the Oldenburg Ferry to Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel, about 12 miles out to sea.


Situated just off of the B3233, Tarka Trail Camping is in Yelland, between Bideford and Barnstaple in North Devon.


HEADING FROM M5 TOWARDS TIVERTON: Continue on the A361 North Devon Link road heading towards Barnstaple. At Poltmore roundabout take 1st exit on to the A39 towards Bideford. At Bishops Tawton roundabout take 2nd exit and continue on A39 towards Bideford. At next roundabout continue on A39 taking first exit towards Bideford. At Roundswell roundabout take 2nd exit and continue on A39 towards Bideford and Instow. On reaching Junction at Bideford Bridge turn right on to the B3233 Instow. Take 2nd exit on roundabout and head towards Instow. Continue on B3233 until you reach Lower Yelland Farm sign posted on your left. Turn left into Lower Yelland Farm and follow signs for camping.

FROM BUDE ON A39: Continue on A39 over Bideford Bridge. Take first exit on left after bridge onto the B3233 Instow. Take 2nd exit on roundabout and head towards Instow. Continue on B3233 until you reach Lower Yelland Farm sign posted on your left. Turn left into Lower Yelland Farm and follow signs for camping.

  • 01271 861011
    07944 247417
  • Lower Yelland Farm, Yelland
    Barnstaple, Devon EX31 3EN


Our camping field is open for bookings from Easter until September.