Tarka Trail



Tarka Trail near Coldridge

Photo © David Smith (cc-by-sa/2.0)


Location: Coldridge
OS map: 113 Okehampton
Length: 8 km/5 miles
Length of Tarka Trail section: 3.25 km/2 miles
Time: 2 hours 45 mins
Sat nav postcode: EX17 6AX


  • Brushford church is a great place to have lunch and enjoy the views of the surrounding countryside
  • Wooded


Coldridge is a small village about 10 miles from Crediton. The settlement has been around since Norman times and was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.
St. Matthew’s church has many interesting features, especially the 15th century carved wooden screen with its unique ‘carver’s joke’, and is well worth a look. Although the village doesn’t have a pub there is a small post office selling refreshments.
The nearest pub is in Lapford, which is a 15 minute drive away.

The Route

Walking conditions vary from tarmac country lanes to muddy woodland paths. This walk would be most enjoyable during good weather due to sections of the paths becoming very muddy and wet.

After parking by St. Matthew’s Church, follow the road towards Eggesford until you reach a path on your left signed as a bridleway. Follow this path until you cross over a country lane at which point the path becomes the Tarka Trail.

Follow the Trail across Brushford Bridge and up to Brushford Church, which is worth visiting for its air of remoteness, its beautiful situation and its chancel screen. Follow the footpath past Brushford Church all the way back to Park Mill Bridge where you turn right and follow the signs back to Coldridge.

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