Tarka Trail



St John Baptist church Charles North Devon


Location: Charles, Brayford, North Devon, Devon, EX32
OS map: OL9 Exmoor
Length: 6.75 km/4.2 miles
Length of Tarka Trail section: 3.5 km/2.2 miles
Time: 2 hours


  • The Tarka Trail follows the river Bray very closely on this section though woodland
  • Footpaths and small country lanes take you through unspoilt steep sided valleys


This walk starts in Charles and takes you along the Bray and back through woodland and steep sided valleys.

The Bray starts on Exmoor and continues through Brayford where it eventually joins the River Mole and finally the Taw before reaching the sea.

The Route

The walk starts outside the Church of St. John the Baptist in Charles.

Walking conditions vary from tarmac country lanes to muddy woodland paths. This walk requires a lot of hill ascents and isn’t recommended if you struggle with them.

Follow the road down the hill until you see a sign on your right for the Tarka Trail. Follow the Tarka Trail down the hill and along the river. The Trail will then take you up the hill and along some country lanes until, just after Charles Bottom, you see a sign for a public footpath on your right hand side. This path takes you through conifer woodland until you get to Middlecott, then turn right when you get to the road and follow the road back to Charles.

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