Petrockstowe has doorstep access to the legendary Tarka Trail; running from Braunton to Meeth this leg of the 180 mile circuit is a heaven for cyclists, runners and walkers thanks to the easy, largely flat route. The trail follows the route of the now disused railway line. However, many of the platforms still remain today, and at Puffing Billy (Great Torrington) there is even an authentic platform café!
The Tarka Trail passes through the old Petrockstowe station (just under a mile from the village centre), where information boards retell the story of the bygone era of rail travel. In addition, trail users have the opportunity to read interesting snippets of information about local wildlife along the route. Mileposts are found along the entire 23 mile trail; marking the millennium.
Ash Moor and Meeth Quarry are both well worth a visit; situated on the beautiful stretch of trail between Petrockstowe and Meeth; the reserves offer a unique opportunity to see a diverse range of insects, butterflies and birds.