Tarka Trail




Location: Monkleigh
OS map: 126 Clovelly & Hartland
Length: 8.75 km/5.45 miles
Length of Tarka Trail section: 2 km/1.25 miles
Time: 3 hours
Sat nav postcode: EX39 5JS


  • The art work adds to the attraction of this wooded part of the Tarka Trail
  • Views of the Torridge valley


This walk takes you through small villages and through open countryside before walking back along the Tarka Trail past some of its most popular art work.

Monkleigh is a small village located between Bideford and Torrington. St. George’s, its church, is thought to originate from around 1423 though additional parts were added in 1537 before a Victorian restoration in 1862.

Watergate 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 route passes through Frithelstock where you can detour to explore the hamlet including the remains of its priory begun in 1220 and dissolved in 1536.

The Route


The walk starts at the Bell Inn in Monkleigh, which is located on the main road through the village.

Head down the road towards the church and then turn right by the community centre and follow the footpath signs over the fields until you reach a small lane. Turn left down the lane until you see a footpath sign on your right hand side. This path takes you towards Frithelstock.

When it meets the road you can detour left to explore the hamlet or continue right down the road until you see a footpath sign on your left hand side. Follow this path all the way down to Watergate and join the Tarka Trail towards Torrington.

Follow the Trail until you see a bridleway sign on your left in sight of the iron bridge across the Torridge. Follow the bridleway back up to the road that leads all the way back to Monkleigh.

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