Tarka Trail


East Yarde


Location: East Yarde
OS map: 126 Clovelly & Hartland
Length: 7.25 km/4.5 m
Length of Tarka Trail section: 2 km/1.25 miles
Time: 1 hour 45 mins
Sat nav postcode: EX38 8QA


  • Spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and of Dartmoor in the distance
  • Walk along the Tarka Trail through broad leaved woodland and over Stowford Moor


This walk will take you over farmland and then round country lanes with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside before bringing you back to East Yarde along the Tarka Trail.

East Yarde was once an intermediate halt on the initially privately run North Devon and Cornwall Junction Light Railway, constructed in 1925 to serve clay works along its route. The platform can still be seen on the other side of the road from the car park and is the highest point of the former
railway. The last passengers to use the line were in 1965 but it remained in use for ball clay until 1982. The line now forms part of the Tarka Trail.

The Route

Walking conditions vary from tarmac country lanes to muddy woodland paths and the well maintained Tarka Trail. The footpath section of this walk can become extremely wet and muddy after rain, so wear appropriate footwear or undertake the walk in good weather.

The walk starts at Yarde Orchard, an award winning Cafe and bunkhouse. Follow the road up the hill until you see a footpath sign on your right. Follow this track until you reach a wooden gate that leads to a field. Instead of passing through the gate, continue onwards keeping the hedge to your left until you reach the top of the hill and a stile. Go over the stile and follow the footpath into Peters Marland.

Follow the sign marked Langtree and walk up the lane until you reach Berry Cross and then turn right towards Stowford. Follow this road until you reach Bagbear Holt where you turn right onto the Tarka Trail once more. Follow the Tarka Trail up the hill until you return to East Yarde.

East Yarde