Tarka Trail


Tarka Trail North Loop

  • Distance
    119.90 km
  • Time
    29 h 58 min
  • Speed
    4.0 km/h
  • Peak
    475 m


Going counter-clockwise from Barnstaple, the North Loop heads inland along the tidal section of the River Taw. The Trail rises up through little villages with cob and thatched cottages, takes in remote farms and follows rocky, deep cut lanes and wooded valley paths until it reaches the high plateaus of Exmoor.

As the route descends to the coast it joins the River Lyn tumbling over granite boulders and winding down through the narrow, ancient wooded valleys. At Lynmouth the Tarka Trail follows the South West Coast Path all the way along cliff tops, visiting coastal towns and villages, and crossing beaches before tracking back along the Taw estuary to Barnstaple.

The average time for completing this walk is approx 6 days. You will encounter a mixture of walking surfaces including muddy footpaths, rocky cliff paths and stony bridleways. The high moors and cliffs are very exposed so beware of strong winds and bad weather.

Tarka Trail North Loop