Local Information

Here is a list of local information that residents may find useful:

Public Transport – Bus;

Public Transport – Rail;

Ring and Ride;

Mobile Library;



Street Lighting and Other Road Problems;

Other Contacts.

Public Transport – Bus

There is a bus service to and from Barnstaple every Tuesday (except public holidays), run by Taw and Torridge, route 322. The timetable is as follows.

Outward ~ Return
Yarnscombe Barnstaple Bus Station   Barnstaple Bus Station Yarnscombe
1010 1045   1340 1414

For those residents who are within walking distance of the main road from Torrington to Barnstaple there is a bus service every day (Monday to Saturday), run by Stagecoach Devon, route 71 or 72. The timetable is as follows, valid from 20 September 2019 (subject to alteration over Christmas and New Year).

Outward ~ Return
Huntshaw Cross Barnstaple Bus Station   Barnstaple Bus Station Huntshaw Cross
0823 0855   0900 0926
0943* 1017*   1100 1126
1053* 1125*   1200 1226
1153 1225   1300* 1329*
1253 1325   1400* 1429*
1353 1425   1500 1526
  1635 1703
1553 1625   1710* 1741*
1728 1800   1805 1831

Buses on this route to/from Barnstaple call at Alverdiscott about 5 minutes after/before Huntshaw Cross; they call at Barnstaple railway station about 7 minutes, and at The Square about 2 minutes, before/after the Bus Station. All buses on this route call near Sainsbury’s; buses marked * also call into Sainsbury’s site about 12 minutes before/after the Bus Station. Note: Huntshaw Cross is a hail-and-ride, i.e. ‘request’, stop.

Buses run frequently from the centre of Barnstaple to the North Devon District Hospital. For details of times visit the Stagecoach website (opens in a new browser tab or window).

Public Transport – Rail

The nearest railway station at which all trains between Barnstaple and Exeter call is Umberleigh, just over four miles from Yarnscombe. Click or tab to the following link to view the current timetable. Please note: to read this document you will need Adobe® Reader® or another PDF viewer. You can install Adobe® Reader® by clicking this button (opens in a new browser tab or window): Button to get Adobe(r) Reader(r).

An alternative view of train times, including booking capability, is available from Trainline.

You can obtain more information by visiting the Tarka Rail Association website. An alternative view of rail and bus transportation in northern Devon is provided by the North Devon Public Transport Users website.

Ring and Ride

Torridge Community Transport Association has gone into administration. The Torridge Ring and Ride service is temporarily being supplied by the Ilfracombe Community Transport Association — telephone 01271 866762. People with medical appointments can telephone Go North Devon on 01271 314332 to hear what travel options are available.

Mobile Library

Unfortunately the Torrington Mobile Library’s four-weekly visits to Yarnscombe village hall car park have been discontinued with effect from January 2020.

You can find out more about the county libraries in Torrington and Barnstaple, including opening hours.


How to contact the police (all of the links in this Police section open in a new browser tab or window).

  1. Are you wanting to report a breach of Covid-19 restrictions?
    If you are reporting a breach of restrictions then you can do this using the national reporting form on the Police.uk website.
  2. AskNED - the non-emergency directory
    Need to ask a question but not sure who to ask for help, then AskNED.
  3. Go online
    On the force's website you can find the answers to many of the questions people ask when calling the police plus lots of helpful information and advice.
  4. Report Crime Online
    If you need to report a crime or tell the police something, then why not report online using WebChat or the Crime Reporting Form. Alternatively, you can email the police.
  5. Call - 101 - The national non-emergency number.

Remember in an emergency, always call 999.

The national Crimestoppers number remains as 0800 555111. There is no longer a front desk at Torrington Police Station, Pathfield, EX38 7BX but you can e-mail the station at torrington@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk.

You can also visit the Safer North Devon website.


Torrington Health Centre 01805 622247 Castle Gardens Surgery 01805 623222
North Devon District Hospital [1] 01271 322577 Torrington Dental Practice 01805 623657
Castle Hill Dental Practice 01805 625837 Torbridge Veterinary Centre 01805 622100

[1] For public transport to North Devon District Hospital see Public Transport – Bus above.
For private transport to North Devon District Hospital see Ring and Ride above.
For direct information on North Devon District Hospital transport telephone 01271 314332.
Telephone numbers for taxis can be found in the local Yellow Pages and Thompson Directory.

Street Lighting and Other Road Problems

If you find any faulty street lights within the parish, please report them to Devon County Council either online or by telephoning 0870 556 1851. You can also report faulty street lights, broken paving slabs or fly tipping online at www.fixmystreet.com. Finally, to report fallen trees, flooding, potholes or broken streetlights you could try the lower cost telephone numbers 0845 155 1004 or 01884 232284.

Other Contacts

Here is a list of other telephone numbers you may find useful.

Citizens Advice Bureaux
01237 473161
01805 626126
Devon County Council 01392 382000
Fire Safety Helpline 01392 872288 Floodline 0845 988 1188
Geoffrey Cox MP 01237 459001 HM Coastguard (North Devon coast) 01792 366534
Jobcentre Plus 01237 496900 NHS Direct 0845 4647
Out of Hours GP Service 0845 671 0270 Power Cuts 0800 365900
01237 473969
01237 431224
Rural Stress South West 0845 603 7906
Torridge District Council 01237 428700 Water Leaks 0800 169 1144

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