The Tarka Trail is part of the NCN Route 3, the West Country Way. It comprises 35 miles of off road cycling and walking in between Barnstaple and Okehampton on the disused railway line.
The Tarka Trail is now home to 30 wonderful, functional artworks designed and created by 8 local and regional artists. The works help to enhance an existing resource, enriching the experience of both tourists and locals who use the path. All the artworks have been made with locally sourced materials and are distinctive to their locale. The project has invested in 13 communities along the trail. The waymarkers give people information about the local facilities available and encourage people to explore the environment around the trail.
Katy Hallett, developed a series of animal seats in the Peters Marland area which reflected the clay works and the Tarka story. She ran workshops at 3 local schools involving some 60 children in the design and realisation of the benches.
There was substantial community involvement with 3 local schools designing and making a series of benches. The benefits for all those children who had the opportunity to work on the project are many, not least in fostering a sense of ownership and pride in the work and their environment.
The project partners were Sustrans and North Devon Coast and Countryside Services (NDCCS).
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