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|Tarr Steps and River Barle|
|Author: Claire, Published: 26 May 2017||Walk Rating:|
|A 2.5 mile circular walk from the iconic Tarr Steps clapper bridge in Exmoor, Somerset. The simple route crosses this impressive ancient bridge, before following a riverside journey through the woodland, a designated National Nature Reserve that runs alongside the River Barle. This is an idyllic habitat enjoyed by salmon, otters and the elusive dormouse.
The route has a few steady gradients including one long slope from the parking area. The paths are muddy in part and very rocky and uneven in other parts meaning they can get slippery. There are no kissing gates, stiles or livestock on route, but you will need to negotiate several simple gates and two bridges – the clapper bridge and a normal footbridge. The rocky nature of the paths means this route would not be suitable for any type of wheeled assistance vehicle. Dogs are welcome on the walk, indeed it is a popular dog walking spot. There are public toilets in the car park at the start of the walk. Allow 1.5 hours.
The Tarr Steps clapper bridge is located about 4 miles north-west of Dulverton in Exmoor, Somerset. The site has its own dedicated visitor car park, which is 400 metres before you reach the bridge (note that the car park immediately alongside the clapper bridge is for blue badge holders only). Leave the B3223 between Withypool and Dulverton, following the signs for Tarr Steps. At the junction alongside Liscombe Farm, turn left (downhill) and follow this access lane to reach the visitor car park on your left. The parking fee is £3 per car (correct May 2017). The nearest post code (for Liscombe Farm) is TA22 9QA.
|Start to Tarr Steps|
Start point: 51.0796 lat, -3.6111 long
Walk to the far end of the car park (away from the vehicle entrance), passing to the left of the toilet block. Cross over the vehicle exit lane and join the tarmac path signed to Tarr Steps. A few paces along, this becomes a stone path, passing through a single gate to enter a grass field (which is used for raising game birds). Keep directly ahead, heading downhill with the hedgerow (and the road beyond this) running on your right.
|Tarr Steps to River Footbridge|
Start point: 51.0773 lat, -3.6171 long
Keep straight ahead to cross the River Barle via the Tarr Steps clapper bridge. At the far side, turn immediately right to join the stone path (signed as a permitted path for the circular walk). This runs with a steep woodland valley to your left and the river to your right.
|River Footbridge to End|
Start point: 51.0828 lat, -3.6297 long
Turn right to cross the gated footbridge. At the far side, turn right to join the stone path (signed as the circular walk), heading back along the other riverbank, with the river still on your right. Follow the path as it crosses a pretty grass meadow, passing a waymarker post that confirms you are on the bridleway heading back towards Tarr Steps. At the end of this meadow, go through the gate ahead and cross the inlet stream (in low water conditions you can use the stepping stones, otherwise there is a bridge just to your left).
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2017 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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