Tarr Steps Circular Walk

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Tarr Steps Circular Walk is a 13.0 kilometer loop trail located near Dulverton, Somerset, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 13.0 km Elevation Gain: 417 m Route Type: Loop


nature trips


bird watching


wild flowers

The Tarr Steps are a clapper bridge across the River Barle, that dates back to around 1000 BC. There is an old story, according to which the devil created the Tarr Steps as part of a bet with a giant that lived in the area. The hike is one of the most popular in Exmoor National Park. The hike begings on a path following the River Barle as it passes through woodlands. You will come to a meadow about 2 miles into the hike where you will cross diagonally. Note when the path begins to go uphill; halfway through this climb there will be a gate on your left. This will be the first of many gates you will pass. You will begin to see farm buildings as you walk higher. When you get to the road, make a left to Withypol. Cross the large bridge and look for a sign that says Hawkridge. Cross the cattle grid and walk uphill along the Hawkridge road. After a little over a mile you will see another cattle grid, and a sign marking a downhill turn for Tarr Steps. IGNORE this sign and keep walking a bit further. After Westwater Farm you turn left onto a smaller trail and there will be another sign for Tarr Steps. The path will take you uphill over a series of gates and stiles. At Parsonage Farm there is another Tarr Steps sign that will have you make a sharp left. Go through the gate, head downhill making a few more turns and navigating a few more gates before arriving at Tarr Steps.

1 month ago

well maintained, well attended walking route

2 months ago

Beautiful place❤️

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