Great Torrington is bounded on three sides by some 365
acres of common land which provide a wonderful natural habitat
for a rich variety of flora and fauna.
Twenty miles of footpaths across the
Commons are described in a series of leaflets available
from the Tourist Information Centre. The Tarka Trail
(a 180 mile cycling and walking track) and many miles of
Devon lanes, bridleways and footpaths also make excellent
walking in the Torrington area.
Features to look out for include: Taddiport
Bridge and Rothern Bridge (prior to the opening of the Town
Mills Bridge, these were the only local crossings of the
River Torridge. Rolle Road is the site of the Rolle Canal
which opened in 1827 to help transport clay, lime and other
commodities between the boats on the tidal river at Landcross
and the lime kilns, clay pits and farms around Great
Torrington. It was closed in 1871 and was later filled
in to create a toll road across the Common, now a delightful
riverside walk. Waterloo Monument is a stone obelisk errected
in 1818 to the south of the town by "the ladies of
Great Torrington" to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo
and finally look out for the Leper Fields in Taddiport.
Two narrow, strip fields which uniquely illustrate Medieval
strip farming and are all that remain of a much larger number
which were there in living memory, cultivated by lepars
for at least 500 years.
Park in South Street car park for walks near
the river or there is a car park on the west side of the
town on the road towards Bideford. There is a picnic area
here, along with toilets and usually an ice-cream van! There
is also a good access point with a car park to the west
of the town at the Puffing Billy pub. The walks from here,
along the Tarka Trail, are well surfaced, ideal for bikes,
wheelchairs and pushchairs.