Tarka Trail


North Tawton

River Taw at North Tawton

Photo: ©David Corke


Location: North Tawton
OS map: 113 Hatherleigh, North Tawton & Lapford
Length: 4.5 km/2.8 miles
Length of Tarka Trail section: 2.25 km/1.4 miles
Time: 2 hours
Sat nav postcode: EX20 2DT


  • The footbridge over Bailey’s Ford allows close up views of the river Taw
  • Walking along the river bank on the Tarka Trail for over a mile


North Tawton is a rural town situated on the river Taw, close to Dartmoor National Park. It has been inhabited since Roman times when it was a military camp and crossing point over the river.

By the end of the 12th century it was a prosperous market town. The tower of the St. Peter’s Church was built around this time although the rest of the church dates from the 14th-15th centuries.

In 2005, North Tawton was chosen as the filming location for Jennifer Saunders’ BBC television series Jam & Jerusalem.

The Route

Walking conditions vary from tarmac country lanes, muddy footpaths and grassy fields. Appropriate footwear is essential for this walk due to muddy sections after rain.

This walk takes you through North Tawton, through the surrounding countryside and then back along the river Taw.

From the start of the walk at The White Hart in North Tawton turn right onto Letheren’s Lane, which is clearly marked as a footpath. Follow this path until you reach Yeo but do not cross Yeo Bridge. Instead, follow the sign marked un-metalled road until you reach Bailey’s Ford and cross the river on the footbridge.

From here the path is sign-posted Tarka Trail all the way back to the main road bridge into North Tawton.

North Tawton
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